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JOHN REESE

As secretary and manager of the Florin Supply Company, Florin, Cal., for the past ten years, Mr. Reese has displayed the good management and business foresight which have distinguished his entire career, the increasing prosperity and firm condition of his organization bearing witness to the good judgment of his associates in placing him in charge of its affairs. A man of exemplary principles and quiet, magnetic personality, he has met life with both optimism and power, and retains, in spite of varied opinions on all sides, an individual discrimination in all matters which come to his attention.

A native of Utah, his birth having occurred in Payson, January 9, 1856, Mr. Reese came to Sacramento, Cal., four years later with his parents, John and Elizabeth (Anthony) Reese, natives of Wales. During his youth he displayed a power of concentration and studious temperament that stood him in good stead, enabling him to advance rapidly, and he graduated at the age of eighteen. Choosing an out- door life he took up farming, varied by occasional carpentry, and after conducting these pursuits with fair success until 1898, he turned his attention to a new field, becoming salesman for the Florin Fruit Growers' Association, a position which took him through the north- west. After two years, during which period he proved many times his exceptional worth and firmness of character, he was placed in charge of the Sacramento office, resigning in 1902 to become manager of the Farmers' Mercantile Company at Florin, and upon the purchase of the latter concern by the Florin Supply Company, was unanimously chosen secretary and manager. From time to time he added to his stock holdings and now owns a large interest in the business.

Mr. Reese was married November 23, 1873, in Sacramento, to Miss Addie Shaler, whose birth occurred in Sacramento and whose parents, Thomas and Adelia Shaler, were early settlers of Sacramento county. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Reese numbered nine children, as follows: Lester, now book-keeper in the office conducted by his father; Mabel, Mrs. Milton Browning of Sacramento; Myrtle, post-mistress at Florin; Llewelyn, now a successful stenographer in Sacramento; Howard, who died November 7, 1911; David, clerking for the Florin Supply Co.; Winifred, attending the Sacramento high school; Mildred, and Melvin, all of whom have in no wise dis- appointed the hopes of their parents, who realize that they are particularly blessed in their ambitious children.

As a Republican Mr. Reese is deeply interested in political developments and prompt to lend his influence as an elector to party candidates. He served as deputy sheriff under his brother David Reese and is now under the present sheriff. He maintains a thorough understanding of all matters relating to the public good and as a member of Florin Lodge No. 364, I. O. O. F., of which he is Past Grand, and as- a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 20, is enabled to keep in touch with the needs of humanity, his standard of life embracing nothing less than the Golden Rule. 


Source:
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