Biography of C. F. Reid

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C. F. Reid, who has devoted much of his life to public service, is now acceptably filling the office of county treasurer and his thorough reliability and efficiency have won for him the confidence and respect of his fellow townsmen, who have found him faithful to every trust reposed in him. He was born in Bowling Green, Pike county, Missouri, and his parents were Alexander Finley and Anna M. (Blaine) Reid, the former a native of Kentucky, while the latter was born in Missouri. The ancestors of the subject of this review in both the paternal and maternal lines participated in the Revolutionary war and his mother’s people originally settled in Virginia, whence they later removed to Missouri, the first brick hotel in Bowling Green, that state, having been erected by a member of the family. During the infancy of C. F. Reid his parents went to Mexico, Missouri, and there the father passed away in 1902. The mother is still a resident of that city, having reached the advanced age of eighty years.

C. F. Reid acquired his education in the grammar and high schools of Mexico, Missouri, and after completing his studies became connected with mercantile interests at Warrenton, that state. He was first called to public office in 1905, serving as deputy sheriff of Warren County, Missouri, until 1907, as treasurer from 1907 until 1913, when he was again chosen deputy sheriff, making a most creditable record in each of these positions. In 1915 he came to Oklahoma, settling at Dewey, where he entered the insurance business, and also acted as notary public. In 1917 he was chosen by the board of directors as secretary of the Washington County Fair Association and through his carefully formulated and promptly executed plans he was largely responsible for the success which attended the activities of that organization. On the 1st of January, 1919, he was appointed under sheriff by John H. Johnson, one of the early pioneers of Oklahoma, who passed away in 1920.

At his death Reid succeeded him in the office of sheriff, so serving until his election to his present position as treasurer of Washington County. He performs his duties promptly, systematically and accurately and is proving a faithful custodian of the public funds.

In Missouri, in 1898, Mr. Reid was united in marriage to Miss Dora E. Bothe, a native of Warren county, Missouri, and they have become the parents of four children: Gladys, who is in the employ of the Indian Territory Fuel Company of Bartlesville; Finley, who is attending the Oklahoma City College; Maurice and William. The family reside in an attractive home at Dewey, of which Mr. Reid is the owner.

His study of the political question has led him to ally himself with the Republican Party and he is an active, earnest worker in its ranks, serving as secretary of the Republican Central Committee in 1918. He has done effective service for the public good and is recognized as a progressive, loyal citizen, who puts forth every possible effort for the benefit and up building of his community, county and state, while his integrity has ever been above question.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 26 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 24th, 2012

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