Sunday, January 18, 2009

History - Hayward Reed

You have to love the internet. Just because you can not find interesting information, that you want or need on one search - no matter how thorough you are - does not mean you won't find it another day. Fail on a search... just wait. Try again. Doing family tree research is a good example of this blessing of technology. Way back when Brad started on our family histories, a fellow researcher sent him photocopies of the following book excerpt. This kind lady had gone to her local library, made the copies, and mailed them. Now, years later I admit, it is in multiple places on the web. I'm adding it here, with credit to the one who transcribed and the link to where I found it below, to put my collection in one place, for sharing with nieces and nephews and my own kids:

Hayward REED

Prominent among California orchardists is Hayward Reed, who resides near Washington, Yolo county, where his birth occurred February 15, 1876. His parents were Charles W. and Abbie (Jenks) Reed, natives of New York and Illinois, respectively. In 1851 Charles W. Reed came to California via Panama, bringing with him forty-five varieties of pear trees. For a time after his arrival in the west he prospected, but shortly abandoned this uncertain occupation to experiment with his various species of pears. After selecting the Bartlett as the type best adapted to this climate, he established a nursery at Washington, where he raised millions of trees which he sold to consumers in different parts of the Pacific coast. He set out what is known as the Reed orchard across the river from Sacramento. His orchard reaching the point of fruition, he accompanied his first carload of fruit east, the freight amounting to $1,700. Returning to California, he continued to devote his attention to his orchards until his death in 1896, Mrs. Reed passing away in 1911. Their children are as follows: Dudley, of Sacramento; Charles W., an attorney in San Francisco; Howard, of Marysville; Rowena, who is the wife of Professor DeMeter, who occupies the chair of German at the University of California, at Berkeley; and Hayward.

Hayward Reed received his education in the public schools of Sacramento, graduating from the high school in 1898. During the last month of school, upon the declaration of war between Spain and the Philippines, he enlisted in the Third U. S. Artillery, Battery L, journeying to Manila on the third expedition, and served there for sixteen months. Near that city his regiment took part in many battles, one of which cost the life of Captain Krayenbull of his battalion. During this period Captain Hobbs and a number of lieutenants, also, were seriously wounded. In 1900 Mr. Reed made his first trip to Alaska on the whaling ship Thresher going to Nome, where he engaged in mining. He returned in the fall of that year, but in 1901 again went to Alaska, this time on the whaler Jeanne, taking with him about a hundred boxes of oranges and lemons, many of which he sold for twenty-five cents each on the beach to the winter-bound residents there. After spending the season at mining on Iron Creek, he returned home and took charge of the home place for his mother, also renting two small orchards. The following year he rented in the vicinity of Washington eighteen pear orchards which he conducted two years, one of which consisted of eighty acres which he purchased in 1908. In 1911 this orchard yielded fifty thousand boxes of pears, most of which were sent to the cannery, a portion being shipped east. In December, 1911, Mr. Reed purchased near Marysville, Yuba county, a six hundred and fifty acre ranch containing a large pear orchard. He sold off half of it, retaining the pear orchard, which place is known as the New England orchard, and here he has set out nineteen thousand new pear trees in the past two years. It is located seven miles down the Feather river from Marysville. He makes his home, however, at Rose Orchard, which was named for his wife, and this orchard comprises a hundred and fifty acres and is situated two and a half miles west of Sacramento. He has also set out sixteen thousand pear trees on this orchard in the last four years and on the two places which cover over four hundred and fifty acres he has about four hundred acres planted to pears. It is a significant fact that either of then ranks among the largest pear orchards in the world. During the year 1912 two thousand three hundred tons of pears were produced from these orchards. Mr. Reed also engaged in raising prunes in the season of 1912. His rented orchards in Shasta county yielded about six hundred tons. At Rose Orchard he has spurs running from both the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks and those of the Sacramento and Woodland road, and he has a large packing house where the pears are arranged for shipment to the different consumers, and the balance he sends to points in the East. His two celebrated brands are the New England and the Rose Orchard.

In Sacramento September 8, 1907, Mr. Reed was united in marriage with Miss Rose Mather, born in San Francisco. They have two children, George and Rose. Mr. Reed is a member of the Spanish War Veterans and is a member of the Baptist Church in Sacramento. The Y. M. C. A. has in him not only a member, but a very active worker, he being a member of the board of trustees, whose philanthropies he espouses, and he is very active in the building of the new Y. M. C. A. building at Fifth and J streets in Sacramento. In 1907 with his wife, Mr. Reed visited foreign lands, the trip leading them through Europe and into Egypt, the sojourn covering a period of three month. In 1909 he made the trip along the Panama canal and in 1912 went to the Sandwich Islands, while there investigating the Mediterranean fruit fly. In politics Mr. Reed holds to the principles of the Republican party, believing in their movements as best for the interests of the community. Both Mr. Reed and his wife are deeply interested in the development of their community, and enjoy the high regard of many friends.

Transcribed by Bea Barton

Source: “History of Yolo County, California” by Tom Gregory. Published by the Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913, pages 866 – 868.

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