Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company;
Capt. Robert Reid was
one of the influential men of Saugatuck township, being identified with farming
and fruit growing many years.
He was born in
He was industrious and
practiced self-denial and economy and in 1853 purchased sixty acres of land on
the lake shore south of Douglas, which land at that time was a wilderness, but
which was cleared and soon became one of the foremost farms of the time and in
1872 he retired from sailing, devoting the remainder of his life to
horticultural pursuits, purchasing another forty acres, planting orchards of
peach, apple, pear, cherry and all kinds of small fruit. He met great success
in all his undertakings as he was progressive and practical.
Captain Reid was twice
married, first to Mrs. Phoebe Durham (nee Weed) and to this union came two
sons, Capt. Robert Reid and Alexander Reid, both of whom are deceased, the
latter meeting death by accident while loading a vessel with lumber.
His second marriage was
to Miss Jennie Weed and to them was born one son, Roy H., who still resides on
a part of the old farm.
When Mr. Reid's death
occurred in 1906, the community lost a most respected citizen, one who had been
a friend to every civic improvement; he was also a devoted member of the
Seventh Day Adventist church, exemplifying high and noble principles throughout
his long and successful life.