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Alexander William (Will) REID

Alexander William (Will) REID

Male 1869 - 1941  (71 years)

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  • Name Alexander William (Will) REID 
    Born 27 Nov 1869  Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Sep 1941  San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Died in St. Mary’s Hospital.
    Cremated 6 Sep 1941  Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot: Garden / Section: E Row/Tier: TIER 6
    Health Died of cancer which started in the cheek and spread to the throat. 
    History Obituary - From the obituary, transcribed from photo copy:
    Alexander William Reid, husband of Alice E. Reid. Father of Cecil A. and David W. Reid. A member of Ingleside Lodge No. 630, F. & A.M. and Mutual Business Club of San Francisco. Services at Martin & Brown's.
    San Francisco Examiner, Saturday, September 6, 1941, page 11. 
    Occupation Drayer 
    Notes 
    • Alexander William Reid was born in Chico on the dairy, the oldest of the brothers. He drove a team for the American Express Co. in Chico after he had spent some time delivering milk for the dairy. In 1895, he went to San Francisco to work for the San Francisco Railroad, and not long after that went into drayage business for himself. He remained in drayage business until his death. Generally he was involved in hauling heavy stuff like machinery. In the early days he had low bed wagons and later, low bed trucks. He preferred to do this instead of competing head on with many other firms. His office and garage for many years was between Fourth and Fifth Streets on Minna where the Fifth Street parking garage is now. The redeveopment agency took over and the business moved to Clara Street. His two boys, Cecil A. and David William ran the business while Will spent most of his time visiting and working with his customers. During the 1930's, when I was at Berkeley, and later, when I was working, I used to visit him often. He would usually say, "I have to go over to such and such an address (often several places), want to go with me?" We used to tour much of downtown San Francisco rarely going by streets, but rather through buildings, basements, alleys, etc. He knew every location in downtown by street address.
      Will was very warm, friendly, and most kind. He did a good deal for the brothers and sisters - partly, but not entirely because he was the best well off. Although his business wasn't super, it still was a substantial one. At one point as I remember, he was operating about 35 trucks.
      He married Catherine Wertsbaugher on 23 Jan 1897, she died on 28 Oct 1931. Mother was never very warm towards Kate - Kate was a city girl who had everything nice and was socially inclined. My father was actually living with Will and Kate during the big 1906 earthquake. On 14 Dec 1932, Will married the nurse who had taken care of Kate, Alice Axford. She seemed fairly nice at first, but she turned into an old "bitch". She never had a pleasant word to say to Will, or anyone else, but Will seemed to ignore it and maintained his happy countenance.
      Will was always doing something for his brothers, and one day in the mail, Dad got two shares of a shale oil company stock. On my next visit, I asked him about it. Well, it seems that someone had gotten him interested in an outfit in Alameda that claimed they had a novel way to refine oil shale. Will had a dentist friend who was usually getting involved in get-rich-quick schemes, and he and Will got together on this thing. They had gone over to the lab of these people in Alameda and were shown the oil shale and its preparation for retorting and the charging of the retort. Then on the other side, they were shown the clear, pure oil from the retorting. They were not shown the actual retorting since that was the secret of the invention. Will went for this and just to be big, bought two shares for each of the brothers and sisters, and a dozen or twenty shares for George. He felt this was adequate to make George self-reliant for the rest of his days. I told Will I wished he had asked me about it, for no matter how good the process was, even if it did work, it couldn't possibly compete with just pumping crude oil out of the ground. It was probably a month later when the headline in the Oakland Tribune screamed the story of swindlers in Alameda who had sold a lot of stock to gullible buyers and it was entirely worthless.
      He developed cancer that resulted in a swelling just below the eye, and it got progressively worse. He travelled over the West to healers he had heard of with the hope they could do something for him. The last six months or so were really pitiful. His eye was sort of popped out on top of the swelling. I was in the Army, just leaving for the Aleutians when he died.
      His sons ran the business for a number of years, and they too passed away in the 70's, and David William's son, William David Reid, ran the business for about a year and then sold it (about 1975). William David now owns the Globe Wally Lift Co. at #1 Townsend Street, San Francisco.
      Cecil died of cancer of the throat after a long siege, and I don't know about David William.
      Of all the uncles, I knew Will best, and he was my favorite. Mom liked Will a lot, but wasn't very warm towards his wives. [8]
    Person ID I24  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2017 

    Father David William REID,   b. 28 Dec 1832, Murray Harbour North, Lot 63, Kings, P.E.I., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1911, Reid Farmhouse, Oasis, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Lamira Lovina LILLIE,   b. 8 Aug 1847, Edwards, St. Lawrence, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1914, Reid Farmhouse, Oasis, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1865  Idaho City, Idaho Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Reid, David W.-1832 Family & Home(~1890)
    Reid, David W.-1832 Family & Home(~1890)
    This picture was taken in 1890 and is the Reid Family home in Chico on Dayton Road, just below the railroad tracks.. They left the Bidwell dairy in ~1878 for a year and lived in this house, then returned to the Bidwell dairy. In 1887 they again left the dairy and lived in this house until ~1890 when they moved to Monterey County (San Lucas and Oasis).
    Reid, David W.-1832 Family (~1890)
    Reid, David W.-1832 Family (~1890)
    Back Row: David Edwin-1876, Alexander William-1869, Bertram McClure-1880, Alice Lovina-1868, David William Reid-1832, Mary Ann Lillie-1851 (Lamira’s younger sister), Barbara Ann-1867.
    Front Row: George Lillie Reid-1885, Lamira Lovina Lillie Reid-1847 (sitting in chair), Warren Irving-1883, Charles Cameron-1888 (Charles died in 1892 and this is the only known picture of him).
    Headstones
    Reid Monument KC Cemetery
    Reid Monument KC Cemetery
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catherine C. (Kate) WERTSBAUGHER,   b. 27 Nov 1877, Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1931, San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1897  San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Cecil Alexander REID,   b. 28 Feb 1905, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1965, Alameda Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +2. David William REID,   b. 25 Apr 1909, San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1973, San Mateo, San Mateo, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alice Elizabeth BENNER,   b. 8 Dec 1879, Weaverville, Trinity, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1949, San Francisco Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 14 Dec 1932 
    Photos
    Reid, Warren I.-1883 & Extended Family (~1936)
    Reid, Warren I.-1883 & Extended Family (~1936)
    Back Row: Maurice Allen Reid-1913, Alexander William Reid-1869, George Lillie Reid-1885, Warren Irving Reid-1883
    Front Row: Alice Elizabeth Benner-1879 (second wife of Alexander), Joyce Elaine Reid-1923, Bertha Violet Ramage-1884 (wife of Warren)
    Taken about 1936.
    Family ID F397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Nov 1869 - Chico, Butte, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Jan 1897 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Sep 1941 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 6 Sep 1941 - Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (~1897)
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (~1897)
    Taken around 1897.
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (~1925)
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (~1925)
    Taken around 1925.
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (1936)
    Reid, Alexander William-1869 (1936)
    Taken about 1936.

    Documents
    Reid, David-1832 1906 letter to son Alex
    Reid, David-1832 1906 letter to son Alex
    Courtesy of Connor Jeffrey Reid-1997.

  • Sources 
    1. [S198] California Death Index (CDI), San Francisco County, California.

    2. [S235] United States Federal Census, Chico, Butte, California; Enumeration District #1, Pg. 67.

    3. [S237] United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Enumeration District 92, Pg. 3A.

    4. [S238] United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Enumeration District 134, Pg. 6A.

    5. [S239] United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Enumeration District 312, Pg. 7A.

    6. [S240] United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Enumeration District 105, Pg. 10B.

    7. [S241] United States Federal Census, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Enumeration District 38-334, Pg. 61A.

    8. [S13] REIDS, ROGERS, and EUGENE B. REID, by Eugene Bernhard Reid (1914 - 2012), (Self-Published).