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Orange County, Florida

Orange County FLGenWeb: Biographies: Short Biographies



Source: "History of Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1664-1920," Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1922, Vol. III, pg 301. Transcribed by Lisa Slaski for the Orange county FLGenWeb, part of the USGenWeb, 2010.

WILLIAM H. REED—Throughout a period of residence in Spring Lake, New Jersey, dating from 1890, William H. Reed has securely entrenched himself in the respect and esteem of his fellowcitizens. He has always taken an active interest in community affairs, and his labors have been an element in the progress of this place, while his efforts in business circles have brought him substantial returns.

William H. Reed was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, March 26, 1876. He is a son of James Edward and Margaret (Hulschart) Reed. James Edward Reed was born near Lakewood, Ocean county, New Jersey, and early in life was a farmer. He later entered the plumbing business, having in the meantime served his apprenticeship to this trade with Uriah White of Asbury Park, at Como, subsequently removing to Spring Lake, where he continued in this business until 1906. In 1890 he formed the firm of J. E. Reed & Son and established a steam laundry in Spring Lake, in which he was active until 1915, when he retired from business life and removed to Orlando, Florida, where he owns a large orange grove, which occupies the greater part of his time. To Mr. and Mrs. Reed have been born five children: Ada; William H., of further mention; John, formerly a resident of Brooklyn, now deceased; Arthur, a resident of Orlando, Florida; Alma, wife of Clfford Rhodes, of Orlando, Florida.

William H. Reed received his education in the schools of Como, and then entered his father's employ to learn the plumber's trade. In 1890, when his father established the firm of J. E. Reed & Son, steam laundry, William H. Reed became active in the enterprise, and in 1915, when the elder man discontinued his interest in the business, the son became sole manager of affairs and has thus continued up to the present time. His early training fitted him for carrying on this extensive enterprise which during the last few years has grown to large proportions, due in no small way to the efforts of William H. Reed.

In politics, Mr. Reed is independent, not having identified himself with any political party, preferring to remain free from all partisan influences in the exercise of his own judgment on public issues. He is a member of the local Board of Health and the Board of Education. In religion he is a Methodist and attends St. Andrew's Church of this denomination, where he is a member of the board of trustees. He affiliates with Wall Lodge, No. 73, Free and Accpted Masons; Goodwin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Corson Commandery, No. 15, Knights Templar; Salaam Temple, Ancient Arabic Order

Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and is also a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle.

At Belmar, New Jersey, in March, 1899, William H. Reed was united in marriage with Harriett Bareford, daughter of Thomas and Roxanna (Scull) Bareford, residents of Belmar. Mr. and Mrs. Reed are the parents of one child, William Harold, born in December, 1904, a student of Neptune Township High School, class of 1923. The family home is at No. 208 Tuttle avenue, Spring Lake.