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Three 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 interest.

Largely 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.

Business 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.

At 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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011