FRANK S. REAGER
As county superintendent of schools Frank Seymour Reager is prominently connected with the educational interests of Glenn County. He was for a number of years a successful teacher and his labors have been most effective in promoting intellectual advancement in this section of the state. Well qualified in his chosen calling, he has gained prestige as a representative of the educational profession, and in this connection he well deserves mention among the leading citizens of northern California. He was born on a farm near Orland, Glenn County, June 20, 1868, and is a son of Martin A. and Amanda (Goodrich) Reager. His father was born in Flint Hill, Virginia, and when nineteen years of age crossed the plains to California. He drove an ox team, but he walked nearly all the way. He was attracted to the far west by the discovery of gold and for a year he engaged in mining, but not meeting with the success he had anticipated he turned his attention to a pursuit with which he was more familiar, locating in the Sacramento River Valley, where he carried on agricultural pursuits for ten years. In 1850 he took up his abode in what is now Glenn County and became one of its successful farmers, devoting his energies to the operation of his land throughout his business career. He was a Democrat in his political affiliations, but never sought or desired public office. He died in December, 1895, but his wife, a native of Albany, New York, is still living, her home being in the village of Orland. Most of her children are yet living, her one son being a teacher in the high school in Orland, while a daughter is also successfully engaged in teaching.
Mr. Reager, of this review, has spent his entire life in Glenn County. He first pursued his education in the little school on the home farm, and afterward continued his studies in Orland, also spent one term in college. Of a studious nature, his investigations have been largely carried on outside of the schoolroom and through his unaided efforts he has become a man of scholarly attainments and broad general information. He was thus eminently qualified for the work of teaching, and in 1888 became actively connected with the profession. He successfully conducted the schools of Orland until 1898, when he was elected county superintendent, in which position he has since served with credit to himself and satisfaction to the public.
On the 17th of September, 1899, Mr. Reager was united in marriage to Miss Emma Scribner, a lady of culture and refinement who was born in Tehama County, California, and is a graduate of the Orland schools. They have one daughter, Mary Amanda, born August 26, 1900.
Since casting his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland Professor Reager has been an advocate of Democratic principles and by his ballot has supported its nominees. He belongs to various civic societies, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Independent Order of Foresters and the Masonic fraternity, all of Orland, and in the first named he has filled all the chairs. He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Chico. He and his wife are consistent Christian people, taking an active part in the work of the church and occupy an enviable position in social circles, where true worth and intelligence are received as passports into good society.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.