California Genealogy and History Archives
generations of the Reese family have been identified with American
history and have contributed their quota to the material upbuilding of
the west. When David Reese was a child six years of age he accompanied
his parents from Wales, their native land, to the new world, landing in
New Orleans, from which point they went to St. Joseph, and from there
traveled overland to Utah and settled on raw land in the vicinity of
Salt Lake. The next removal was made in 1862, when the family came to
California in a "prairie schooner" drawn by oxen. As the years
passed by David Reese became one of the most prominent citizens of
Sacramento county and wherever known he was honored for those sterling
traits of character that attracted all. Every avenue of frontier
activity reaped the benefit of his tireless enthusiasm and intelligent
through his instrumentality was effected the organization of the
California Fruit Union, in which he served as a director and which had
as its aim the direct shipment of fruit from grower to eastern
consumers. Later he organized the Florin Fruit Growers' Association,
this being the first concern of the kind organized in or near Florin.
activities and personal friendships cemented by years of intimate
association brought also to David Reese their share of political
prominence and local leadership in the Republican party. During 1902 he
was elected sheriff of Sacramento county on the Republican ticket. At
the expiration of the first term he was re- elected, this time on an
independent ticket. Prior to the expiration of the second term his death
occurred in February of 1910. In fraternal affairs he had been
prominent, holding an influential position with the Elks, Improved Order
of Red Men, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Grange and the
Fraternal Brotherhood. Crowned with success in his personal affairs, he
left at his death a valuable estate, which included twelve hundred acres
of land located in various parts of California.
the time of his removal to the state David Reese was unmarried and later
he was united with Miss Mira Kilgore, a native daughter of California,
and now a resident of Sacramento. They became the parents of four sons
and two daughters, the youngest of whom, Miss Nellie, remains at the old
home with her mother. The other daughter, Ethel, is the wife of Frank
Didion, who holds a position in the D. 0. Mills bank in Sacramento.
Percy D. is associated with the Palm iron works in the capital city.
John K., also a resident here, is engaged in the real-estate business.
Frank L. is a veterinary surgeon in Colusa. Edward E., who was the
oldest child of the family, was born in Sacramento county August 2,
1880. He entered the University of California and completed his
educational preparation for business responsibilities, graduating in
1903 with the degree of LL. B. He then returned to Sacramento to serve
as a deputy sheriff under his father. After three years in that capacity
he was made under-sheriff and continued as such until the death of his
father, whom he succeeded by appointment, filling out the unexpired term
of one year. Since his father's death he has managed the estate. During
the session of the state legislature in the thirty-ninth general
assembly and the special session following he was employed as a
bookkeeper to the sergeant-at-arms. Like his father he is staunchly
Republican in political views and like him also he has membership with
the Fraternal Brotherhood, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In addition he is connected with
Sunset Parlor No. 26, N. S. G. W.
The marriage of Edward E. Reese was solemnized April 29, 1906, and united him with Miss Pearl Howard, a native of Sacramento and a daughter of M. A. and Annie Howard, the former an influential citizen, a leading politician and for thirty years or more a well-known hotel man of the capital city. Mr. and Mrs. Reese are the parents of two children, namely: Dorothy, born February 5, 1907; and Howard E., November 18, 1910. For three years Mr. Reese was a member of the Hospital Corps of the Second Regiment, N. G. C. At the time of the disastrous San Francisco fire Mr. Reese served for thirty-one days as a member of the hospital corps of the California National Guard and his services were distinctly helpful in aiding to bring order out of chaos as well as civic and personal hope out of the general gloom.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011