JOHN REID, a leading grocer of Wellsburg, was born in Ireland in 1831, the son of Thomas and Rosanna (Calderwood) Reid. He came to America at the age of twenty-four years, and after working as a laborer on a farm for some time, became clerk of a store in Wheeling. In 1868 he opened a soap factory at the old powder mill, and remained in that business two years, then removing to the city, where he carried on a small grocery trade for twelve years quite successfully. In 1882 Mr. Reid completed the business building, with double store room, which he now occupies with the most convenient, complete and elegant grocery store of Wellsburg. His success in business is due to his great business tact and untiring push, and he retains his patronage, and increases it by pure goods, full weight, honest prices and courteous treatment. Mr. Reid was married in Wheeling to Martha McCoffra, a native of Ireland, and they had four children, Thomas, Sammie, William P. and Fannie L., the last three of whom died in childhood. Thomas, who is capable and active in business, has charge of the store. He and his parents are members of the Presbyterian church, and Mr. Reid is in politics a republican.
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