MYRON HOLLINGSWORTH REED
††††††††††† Of the ďart preservative of arts,Ē Myron Hollingsworth Reed is a representative, being the well known proprietor of the Mountain Echo, having founded the paper in 1879.† He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on the 4th of May, 1835, and is of Scotch ancestry.† His father, Frederick D. Reed, entered Ontario County, New York, in 1819, but removed to Ohio in 1838, where he married Roxanna McClellan and reared nine children.† Two of the sons served in the Union army during the Civil War and one of them served in the Confederate service.† The father died at the age of fifty-one years, the mother surviving until her eighty-seventh year.† They were people of intelligence and education and are well remembered in the community where they lived.
††††††††††† Mr. Reed received his education in Kentucky, where he remained until he was seventeen years old, then followed the army that was making its way, by ox teams, across the plains to California.† Without serious accident he reached Volcano, Amador County, without much means, his trip having cost him one hundred and eighty dollars; but he set to work immediately in the mines at Springfield, Tuolumne County.† His first work was that of casting out the dirt and washing for gold.† His largest nugget amounted to forty-one dollars, but his success was not such as to make him desire to continue long in the business.† Unfortunate speculation in mining property about dissipated his earnings.
††††††††††† Always loving law and order, Mr. Reed was at one time associated with a party who took the law into their own hands, sometimes in those days an example having to be made for the protection of the helpless.
††††††††††† In 1879 Mr. Reed turned his attention to the newspaper business and started the Mountain Echo, a weekly five-column folio.† Since that time various enlargements have been made until now it is an eight-column folio and is regarded as the most effective medium for the dissemination of knowledge concerning this section and very instrumental in the upbuilding of Angelís Camp and Calaveras County.† Since 1884 he has been ably assisted by his son-in-law, Lewis J. Hutchison, who had been connected with the Chronicle at Mokelumne Hill, the oldest paper in the state.† He had also been connected with the Alta in San Francisco, and the jobbing department of Bancroft & Company.† He is a newspaperman of experience and his business connection with Mr. Reed strengthens the Echo.† In politics it was formerly an independent paper, then for two years was conducted in the interests of the Prohibition Party, but now its leanings are toward the Republican Party, of which Mr. Reed is a stalwart member.
The marriage of Mr. Reed took place in 1862 to Miss Mahala Watson, a native of Indiana who came to California in 1861.† The children of Mr. and Mrs. Reed are happily settled near them and are as follows:† Ida, the wife of L. J. Hutchison; Roxana; Jessie, the wife of J. H. Rulofson; Charles D., engaged in mining; Sadie I., the wife of B. K. Stone.
††††††††††† The family of Mr. and Mrs. Reed are pleasant and congenial and their cottage in Angelís Camp has often been visited by well known literary men of the day, Mr. Reed numbering among his friends Mark Twain and Bret Harte.† He has labored hard to build up the best interests of his section and has been most successful.† Mr. Reed socially is a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle and of the Foresters, and at one time of the Sons of Temperance.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.