I’m here this fine morning on my back porch, with a story to tell – the story of Great-grandfather Charles Henry Reed.
My maternal great-grandfather, Charles Henry8 Reed (Charles Gates7 Read, David6, David5, Samuel4, Joseph3, Josiah2, William1 Reade) was born 22 Aug 1845 in Hyde Park, Lamoille, VT, and died 03 Dec 1924 in Hastings, Dakota, MN. He married Pamelia Ann Randall 10 Oct 1869 in Hyde Park, Lamoille, VT, daughter of Foster Randall and Rhoda Wheeler. She was born 10 Jun 1844 in Fayston, Washington, VT, and died 26 May 1925 in Hastings, Dakota, MN.
Shortly before his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the Union Army, Company D, 11th Vermont Infantry as private, August 9, 1862. He was transferred to Company E, 3rd Vermont Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, and discharged as corporal, June 19,1865. He took part in many battles, among them: Fredricksburg, Gettysburg, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. He was wounded at Cold Harbor.
After the war, he returned to Lamoille County, Vermont. He married Pamelia Ann Randall, daughter of Foster Dana Randall and Rhoda Wheeler, 10 Oct 1869, in Hyde Park.
Charles Henry appears to have been something of an entrepreneur. In the 1880 US Census, Morristown, Lamoille County, Vermont, he was enumerated with the occupation of “Grocery Keeper”. He is listed as “…prop. of saw-mill and manuf. and dealer in lumber and chair stock…” (Wolcott, Lamoille County 1883-1884 Business Directory), and a contemporary profile states: “C.H. Reed’s saw-mill, located on road 40, is operated by water-power, employs twenty-five men, and cuts about 1,500,000 feet of lumber per year.” (Gazetteer of Lamoille and Orleans Counties, VT. 1883-1884, Compiled and Published by Hamilton Child; May 1887, Pages 148-162.)
In 1886, he removed to Dakota Territory, and in 1887, to Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota.
In Duluth, he owned and operated a restaurant, “C. H. Reed”, employing family members. Sons Merton Henry worked as a waiter and cook and Dana Charles worked as a clerk in the restaurant. Katie Griffith (younger sister of Ina May Griffith. Ina married his son Merton in 1902) worked at C.H. Reed as a waiter. He continued to be listed in the directory until 1900. (Polk’s Duluth City Directory, 1889-1890: “Reed, C.H. Restaurant 530 W. Superior, r. 4516 Dodge”).
About 1906, he removed to Hastings, Dakota, MN. He died 03 Dec 1924, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings, Dakota, MN.