HON. SOLOMON W. REED. - Among the men of mark of Ottawa county, and representative citizens of this section
of Ohio, stands the gentleman whose name is here recorded.
A native of Sandusky township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, born February 9, 1840, he was there educated at the public schools,
and also learned the trade of carpenter with his father, who was born about the year 1810, in Pennsylvania, and
died in 1869. The mother of our subject passed away on Novernber 4, 1895, at the age of seventy seven years. This
honored couple were the parents of fourteen children - seven sons and seven daughters. At the age of twenty three
years our subject moved to Elmore, Ottawa county, where he has ever since, now a period of thirty two years, been
a highly esteemed citizen. For one year he was engaged at his trade, and then embarked in lumbering and farming,
businesses he still carries on, in connection with which he is also interested in the manufacture of staves and
headings. In 1870 Mr. Reed appraised the real estate of Harris township to the unqualified satisfaction of all
concerned, thus establishing a recognition of his adaptability for positions to which good judgment is an importance
essential. In 1892 the "oil boom" reached Elmore, and our subject at once embarked in that speculation,
and he has since put down fifteen wells, most of which are producing. In 1893 he purchased of Caleb Klink the Elmore
Wagon and Carriage Factory, in which he placed the machinery for the manufacture of heading, staves and lumber,
and in his, various businesses he now employs an average of some seventy five hands. In the year just mentioned
he was appointed assignee for the Ottawa County Bank, located at Elmore.
Mr. Reed, in his political proclivities, is an ardent supporter of Democratic principles, and in 1895, justly appreciating
his merits and abilities, that party placed him in nomination as representative of Ottawa county for the Ohio State
Legislature. On the 5th of November, same year, he was elected by a majority of 374 over his opponent, Emery Thierwechter,
of Oak Harbor, which in itself is substantial enough evidence of his popularity.
In 1860 Hon. S. W. Reed was united in marriage with Miss Emma Hetrick, daughter of George and Catherine Hetrick,
and to this union have been born eight children, to wit: Saloma (Mrs. John Reber, of Elmore), William Lester (deceased,
who for several years prior to his death was engaged with his father in business), Embro T. (a farmer at Elmore),
Franklin M. (in a lumber and stave business), Ella, Edwin E., Eva and Warrie W. The entire family enjoy the highest
esteem and regard of the community in which they live.
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896
Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, Ohio Biographies
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