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Walter Irvine Reid

Walter Irvine Reid

Male 1844 - 1909  (65 years)

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  • Name Walter Irvine Reid 
    Born 24 Aug 1844  Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Business North Dumfries Concession 10 Lot 31, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reid Brothers 
    Waterloo County Directory 1878
    Waterloo County Directory 1878
    Honoured Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reidsville name for him 
    NorthDumfries-WalterIrvineReidHome-fromDavidMoore.jpg
    NorthDumfries-WalterIrvineReidHome-fromDavidMoore.jpg
    Harmony Grove was an impressive Queen Anne-style home for the Reid family. - Courtesy David Moore
    Honoured Waterloo Fall of Fame 
    • The name "Reidsville" was given to a settlement that developed by a small stream and lake in North Dumfries Township in 1831. The lot had been purchased by John Reid, a Native of Boghall, Scotland.

      In 1857 four of Reid's sons established a shingle mill and later this was expanded to a chopping mill and sawmill and steam power was added. In 1885 one of the sons, Walter, bought out his brothers. In 1899 the sawmill was moved to Ayr and a lumber yard was started in Galt in 1909.

      Reid was a keen athlete and sportsman and was the champion quoit player of Ontario in 1877. He built a bowling green on his front lawn and a curling rink on his millpond, one of the first enclosed curling rinks in Ontario.

      He was also a poet and musician and conducted an orchestra consisting mostly of his own family.

      Past and Present Inductees. (2019). Waterlooregionmuseum.ca. Retrieved 18 January 2019, from https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/exhibits/past-and-present-inductees.aspx
    Religion 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    United Presbyterian 
    Residence 1869  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Religion 1871  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    C. Presb. 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer & Sawyer 
    Religion 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presbyterian Canada 
    Occupation 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Saw Miller 
    Religion 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1901  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-73822 
    Died 25 Nov 1909  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Cause: Cause: Arteriosclerosis (several years) - Apoplexy (5 hours) 
    Buried 28 Nov 1909  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Person ID I73822  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 

    Father John Reid,   b. 25 Apr 1796, Boghall, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1879, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Catherine Mathison,   b. 14 Mar 1799, Yarrow, , Selkirk, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1876, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F15128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Anderson,   b. 2 Nov 1844, Hawick, Roxburghshire Co., Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1904, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 31 May 1869  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. John Quincy Reid,   b. 24 Jun 1869, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1944, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. William Anderson Reid,   b. 12 Jul 1871, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1922, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Nellie Scott Reid,   b. 23 May 1873, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1919, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     4. Walter Inglis Reid,   b. CALC 11 Jan 1876, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1935, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     5. Clara Hayden Reid,   b. 6 Jun 1882, Reidsville, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1970, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F19210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Reid Brothers - - North Dumfries Concession 10 Lot 31, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Presbyterian - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1869 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 May 1869 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presb. - 1871 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer & Sawyer - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian Canada - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saw Miller - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Arteriosclerosis (several years) - Apoplexy (5 hours) - 25 Nov 1909 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Nov 1909 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Walter Reid
    Walter Reid
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • The Passing of W.I. Reid - Seldom has this community been so sorely afflicted by the hand of Death as during the week in which Matthew F. Ainslie and Walter I. Reid passed "to the bourne from whence no travelere'er returns." Both were men widely known and highly esteemed, and to both the summons came suddenly while they were about the every day affairs of life.

      On Thursday morning Mr. Reid came in from his home at Reidsville in his usual good health and was engaged in directing the affairs of his business here up to about 9 o'clock, at which hour he suffered a stroke of paralysis and sank to the floor in his office. His son, Mr. John Q. Reid, who was with him at the time, at once summoned medical aid, and the patient was removed to the residence of his brother, Mr. A.J. Reid, where death ensued shortly after 1 pm.

      The deceased was born at Reidsville in the year 1843 and resided on the homestead all his life. Like many of his peers of those early days, he was metaphorically cradled in a sap trough and educated in the log academy which stood on an adjoining farm. When he had attained the years of manhood, he and his brothers engaged in the business of sawyers, a small mill having been erected on the farm for that purpose. About ten years ago the original industry was added the manufacture of cooper's supplies, employing from ten to fifteen hands.

      Not only was the subject of this brief sketch a self-made man, but he achieved success in everything he undertook. As a farmer he was a good plowman, wining many prizes at the matches held in the early days. His business sagacity also stood him in good stead when he entered the wider field and launched out as a manufacturer. Much as he loved his calling on the farm or in the mill, he also found time to engage in manly sports. For years he held the quoit championship of Ontario, and was a member of the invincible Reid rink that bore off the curlers' trophies. In music he also excelled, being a splendid violinist, as well as a poet of no mean order. In the church circle he likewise had his place, filling important positions with credit to himself and advantage to his fellow men. At the time of his death he was an elder of the Stanley St. Kirk Session, a prominent member of the Masonic Order and of the Sous of Scotland.

      In the death of such a man the community loses one whose place is not easily filled, one whose marked geniality and sociability will be missed at every turn, and one whose home was always open to a wide circle of friends.

      In 1869 Mr. Reid was united in marriage with Miss Agnes Anderson, who predeceased him six years. A family of three sons and two daughters survive, viz., William A., John Q., Walter I., Nellie and Clara. Three brothers, John, Alexander and Andrew, also survive.

      The funeral on Sunday from Reidsville to Ayr cemetery attested the high esteem in which the deceased was held, the whole countryside and many of the neighboring towns, especially Galt, being well represented. At the outskirts of the town the cortege was met by fellow members of the Masonic order, who marched in a body and formed in a circle around the open grave as the remains of their brother were lowered to their last resting place.

      The services at both house and grave were conducted by rev. D.I. Ellison, assisted by Rev. John Thomson. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Chas. McGeorge, John McNab, Thos. Hall, Alex Edgar, Cameron Marshall, Alex E. Scott.

      Ayr News Dec 2 1909 pg 8.


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      In Loving Memory Died, In Ayr, on Thursday, Nov. 25th, 1909, at 2 o'clock p.m., Walter J. Reid, In his 67th Year. The Funeral Will take place from his late residence, Reidsville, on Sunday, Nov. 28, '09, at 2 p.m., to Ayr Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

      Funeral Card

  • Sources 
    1. [S180] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1901, Dumfries (North) B-5 Page 11.

    2. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 5.

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ Walter I. Reid/ died Nov. 25th 1909/ In his 67th year/ Agnes Anderson/ wife of/ Walter I. Reid/ born at Hawick, Scotland/ Nov. 2nd 1844/ died Jan. 12th 1904/ Reid

    4. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 3 Page 13.

    5. [S355] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 24.

    6. [S2042] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1891, Section 1 Page 34.

    7. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      [Front/East] In memory of/ John Quincy Reid/ June 24, 1869 - Oct. 14, 1944/ Fannie Marie Bartlett/ beloved wife of/ John Q. Reid/ Apr. 14, 1869 - June 10, 1928/ Their daughter/ Alice Bartlett Reid/ Feb. 5, 1910 - Feb. 28, 2003
      [Left/South] In memory of/ John Reid/ born at Boghall/ Scotland/ April 25th 1796/ died/ May 6th 1879/ Catherine Mathison/ his wife/ born at Yarrow/ Scotland/ March 14th 1799/ died/ Nov. 6th, 1876
      [Back/West] In memory of/ Walter I. Reid/ died Nov. 25th 1909/ In his 67th year/ Agnes Anderson/ wife of/ Walter I. Reid/ born at Hawick, Scotland/ Nov. 2nd 1844/ died Jan. 12th 1904/ Reid
      [Right/North] Nellie Scott/ dau. of/ Walter I. & Agnes Reid/ died Mar. 18, 1919/ In Her 46th year/ Clara H./ Johnson/ dau. of/ Walter I. & Agnes/ Reid/ died Dec. 7, 1970/ In Her 89th year

    8. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Walter Reid, 25, res. N Dumfries, b. Canada, son of John and Catherine (Matheson), married 31 May 1869 Agnes Anderson, 24, res. N Dumfries, b. Scotland, daughter of William and Ellen (Scott)