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Capt. William H. Reid (1869-?)
Born at Alpena, owned towing and wrecking in Bay City, Michigan.

1892 Bio. - Added Jul., 2009.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


Capt. William H. Reid, of the firm of Capt. James Reid & Son, of Bay City, was born in Alpena, this State, December 14, 1869. His father, James, was born in Canada, where he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a shipbuilder, as well as that of a carpenter and joiner. At the age of nineteen years he came to Alpena, where he first worked at his trade and later built and operated a sawmill. In 1879 he removed to Bay City, engaging in the towing and wrecking business from that date to the present (1892.)

One in a family of seven children, our subject was reared in Alpena until he was ten years old and afterward resided in St. Ignace until 1884. He was a student in the common schools until he was twelve, when he began in the office as a clerk and two years later took entire charge of the books. He has always been a valuable assistant to his father and together they have established and are conducting a flourishing business. In 1888 the Reid Towing and Wrecking Association was incorporated with Capt. James Reid as President and our subject as Secretary. In the fall of 1890 the company was dissolved and the firm of James Reid & Son was organized. They own the “Sea Gull” and a tow of barges, as well as smaller tugs.

In 1890 the firm raised the steamer “Phil D. Armour” which sunk in the St. Clair River loaded with corn. Her bow was seventy-two feet in water and stern ninety feet, and the undertaking was the largest of the kind at that time. During the following year they raised the “Pontiac,” which was sunk in the Soo River by the Canadian Pacific Steamer, “Athabaska.” It was loaded with two thousand four hundred and sixty-four tons of iron ore and was raised after working twelve days. Our subject has sailed all over the lakes and owns an interest in different vessels. Politically he is a Democrat and socially is identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Order of Maccabees.

Additional Notes:

  • William H. Reid married Ethel Cousins (age 20 years) on Sep. 5, 1905, at Bay City, MI. Williams parents were James Reid and Jessie Foote. Ethel's parents were Samuel Cousins and Helen Lyons.
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People Referenced
Cousins, Ethel (wife)
Cousines, Samuel
Foote, Jesse (mother)
Lyons, Helen
Reid, James (father)
Reid, William H (subject)
Subjects Referenced
Alpena, MI
Bay City, MI
Canadian Pacific
James Reid & Son.
Reid Towing & Wrecking.
Soo River, MI
St. Clair River, MI
St. Ignace, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.