JOSEPH C. REED, of Wheeling, mould maker of the Riverside Glass works of that city, was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., August 23, 1841. His parents, William and Mary (Jones) Reed, were born in Pennsylvania. The father, a cooper by trade, previously engaged in farming, died in 1852, at the age of forty-five years. The mother is still living at the age of about sixty-eight years. She is a devout member of the Presbyterian church, to which her husband also belonged, and has lived a life of true Christian devotion to her family, and kindness to all. Five children were born to these parents, of whom the only survivor besides Joseph C. is his sister Elizabeth. The subject of this sketch, at the age of twenty years, began the learning of the business of a machinist, and subsequently he was occupied as a river engineer about ten years, being known as one of the most skillful and competent of those in that calling. Since leaving the river, he has been engaged in glass manufacture, and now occupies a responsible position, in which he gives satisfaction to all concerned. He is one of the enterprising and influential men of the city, imbued with true public spirit and regard for the welfare of the community. For about four years he has rendered the city efficient service as a member of the council. He is a member of the Masonic order and of the National Union, and is a republican in politics. Mr. Reed was married April 13, 1882, to Anna D., daughter of Edward and Sarah J. Ray, aged and worthy pioneer settlers of Ohio county.
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