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Bertram McClure REID

Bertram McClure REID

Male 1880 - 1950  (70 years)

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  • Name Bertram McClure REID 
    Born 12 Apr 1880  Chico, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Health Died of lung cancer after two year battle.  [5
    Occupation Ranch Foreman; Farmer 
    Died 3 May 1950  Escondido, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Bert Reid was born 14 April 1880 in Chico, California. He was a tall man, 6 ft. 4 in. with black curly hair and blue eyes. Respected and liked by everyone and a friend to everyone; Whites, Mexicans, and Indians.
      When quite young, Bert moved with his parents from Chico to Oasis near King City, California. He finished his education there. As a teenager he took sheep to the summer pastures in the High Sierras.
      When he was about 20 years old, he was paid by John Crouch to take his nephew to Mexico. Young Crouch later returned to California, but Bert stayed in Mexico for ten years. He was foreman of the huge Green Cattle Company near Cananea. While in Mexico, he learned to speak the Mexican language like a native.
      During a visit home in 1908, he married Minnie Mansfield, the daughter of Cornell H. Mansfield, a cattle rancher near King City. She had been boarding with the David Reid Family and teaching school at Oasis. They returned to Mexico for another year, but because of the unrest in Mexico, and that they were expecting a child, they returned to the United States.
      Minnie went home to her folks in King City for the birth of their son, Cedric McClure Reid on 17 Dec 1909, then to Bard, California, just north of Yuma, where Bert had drawn one of the pieces of homestead land. Bert surveyed and leveled his land and most of the land in that area.
      Minnie went to Los Angeles for the birth of their second son, Barney Maxwell Reid, on 26 Aug 1913. A daughter, Marjorie Ellen Reid, was born 20 Jan 1915 on the Yuma Indian Reservation near Winterhaven, California, where Bert was farming land leased from the Indians.
      In 1921, Bert and family moved to Somerton in the Yuma Valley. Bert was manager of the Shield's Ranch for eight years and then overseer of all the Sanguinetti farms in Yuma Valley. Minnie taught school during this time and until their children were through college.
      In 1938, Bert went to Bluewater, New Mexico and developed a large produce farm. He was the first of the produce men in that area. He raised all kinds of vegetables, but the main crop was 600 acres of carrots each year.
      Bert was the first to recruit the Navaho Indians and train them to tie carrots in the field. He had an Indian village built on the ranch for the 500 workers needed, then had to have them guarded against the bootleggers and the schemers that tried to prey on them. In a ceremony, the Indians made him a member of their tribe because he upheld and protected their rights and attended to their sick. Many times, day or night, when the Medicine Man had given up, he with Minnie for company and help, drove the hundred mile trip up through the crooked roads of the reservation to the government hospital at Crown Point, often just beating the stork or the Angel of Death.
      In 1948, the doctor told Bert that he had cancer of the lungs and not long to live. He sold his ranch and closed out his business so Minnie would be well provided for. He died 3 May 1950 while spending the winter at Escondido, California.
      Minnie is past her 96th birthday now, as independent and sharp as ever. She lives alone in her own apartment in San Diego at Pacific Beach. Barney and his wife Sue visit her daily and check on her needs. Marjorie and Charley drive down to see her often. The five grandchildren and three great grandchildren come as often as they can as she is a great favorite with them.

      Bert Reid was a foreman for the Green Cattle Co., and Minnie was a teacher. She went to Teacher's Training School in Salinas. Minnie and Bert met when she boarded with the Reid family where she was teaching. She later was the principal of a grade school in King City. After their marriage, Minnie and Bert lived in Cananea, Mexico. That was where she first learned to ride like a cowboy. Because of Indian uprisings in Mexico, the Reids decided to move to Yuma, Arizona. There they homesteaded 160 acres, farming the land from 1910 to 1937. During this time, Minnie was Matron for Eastern Star and held a State position. In 1937 they went into produce farming, growing carrots on 700 acres near Grant, New Mexico. They employed Navaho Indians to help them. About this time, Minnie returned to teaching in order to send her children to college. She taught "Americanization Work" to Indian, Mexican, and Chinese elementary children, and also taught them English. Minnie loved to garden and used to have extensive flower gardens. She also enjoyed reading.

      After Bert died she sold the ranch and moved to San Diego to live near her son. She lived alone until she was 97 years old. She moved to Sun City near her daughter, who visited her every day until she died at the age of 107.

      Source: Sun City Convalescent Center News, Mar. 10, 1985 (Article on Minnie's 102nd birthday)
      Information from Sue Reid, Marjorie Adams, and Lois Myers. [5]
    Person ID I30  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2013 

    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 Minnie May MANSFIELD,   b. 23 Mar 1883, Gorda, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1990, Sun City, Riverside, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 107 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1908  King City, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (nearby)
    Children 
     1. Cedric McClure REID,   b. 17 Dec 1909, King City, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1974, San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +2. Barney Maxwell REID,   b. 26 Aug 1913, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1992, San Diego, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Marjorie Ellen REID,   b. 20 Jan 1915, Fort Yuma Indian Reservation (near Winterhaven), Imperial, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1992, Sun City, Riverside, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Apr 1880 - Chico, Butte, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Sep 1908 - King City, Monterey, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 May 1950 - Escondido, San Diego, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reid, Bertram McClure-1880 (3 Sep 1908)
    Reid, Bertram McClure-1880 (3 Sep 1908)
    Taken on his wedding day, 3 Sep 1908.

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

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

    3. [S239] United States Federal Census, Crane, Yuma, California; Enumeration District #71, Pg. 28A.

    4. [S240] United States Federal Census, Somerton, Yuma, Arizona; Enumeration District #14-16, Pg. 4B.

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