AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 561
H. REYNOLDS, a well-known retired
merchant at Danielson, Windham county, was born in Mansfield, Tolland county,
Conn., Nov. 25, 1823, and comes of a family numerously represented in this part
of Connecticut. To no other cause
than his own perseverance can his success be attributed, for he was born into a
large family of children, dependent upon the altogether inadequate earnings of
their farmer father. As soon as
physical strength and dawning judgement permitted, he was put to work to swell
the family maintenance fund, and his earliest days were therefore not remote
from care and responsibility. At the
age of fourteen years, in 1837, he went to live for a year with an uncle,
Stephen Brigham, of Mansfield, and while on this farm received thirty dollars
for summer services, and the privilege of going to school during the winter in
exchange for the inevitable chores. During
the winters of 1838-39 he made his home with his uncle, Capt. Samuel Reynolds,
at Danielson, then Danielsonville, and while there assisted in putting out the
large and beautiful maple trees that now furnish such grateful shade around the
park and on Broad street, Danielson.
the summer of 1840 Mr. Reynolds was employed on the farm of Alpheus Dimmick, in
Mansfield, and the following winter lived with Deacon Stanley, at Coventry,
earning the right to attend school by assisting around the farm.
In the spring of 1841 he found work on a farm with Deacon Palmer, of
Mansfield, and at the end of the season went to Albion, R.I., and was employed
as a clerk in the store of E. Storrs Barrows, with whom he remained for a short
time, later filling similar positions in stores at Valley Falls, Lonsdale and
Providence, in the latter town being in the employ of Stephen A. Cook.
In 1852 he came to Danielson and became a partner in a grocery store,
soon after purchasing the interest of his partner, and continuing the business
independently, the same being located in the room now occupied by the Adams
Express Co. After a decidedly
successful business experience Mr. Reynolds disposed of his interests in 1864,
and in the spring of 1866 went to Cranston, R.I., where he became head clerk in
the store of A. & W. Sprague. This
store had an unusual era of prosperity during the construction of the
Narragansett trotting track in 1866, its sales for that year alone being in the
neighborhood of $367,000. In 1867
Mr. Reynolds removed to Providence, R.I., and became identified as bookkeeper
with the mill supply firm of Hicks & Sprague, a few weeks later changed to
C. White & Co., Mr. White being the late Cyrus White, of Rockville.
Mr. White proved a friend indeed to his competent bookkeeper and
fittingly rewarded his faithfulness and general worth with several increases in
salary. When the business finally
passed into the hands of the Butler, Brown & Co., Mr. Reynolds continued to
serve their interests, changing his work, however, to that of traveling
salesman, in which capacity he covered the whole of New England.
The business afterward was conducted by Brown Brothers & Co., and in
1885 Mr. Reynolds resigned his position to look after the property of his
brother Edwin in Mansfield. Up to
this time he had made his home in Providence, and in 1890 came to Danielson, and
the following year erected the home at No. 7 Hawkins street, in which he has
since retired from active business life.
May 19, 1846, Mr. Reynolds married Elizabeth F. Eaton, born Dec. 31, 1823, a
daughter of Artemas and Miriam D. (Draper) Eaton, and who died Nov. 20, 1899.
Mrs. Reynolds, who is buried in the Westfield cemetery, was the mother of
four children, viz: Ella Elizabeth,
who died May 2, 1864, aged fourteen years, three months and twenty-one days;
Edna Maria, who died March 16, 1872, at the age of nineteen years, five
months and ten days; Cora May, who
died Sept. 18, 1866, aged seven months and twenty-six days; and Carrie H., who
died Sept. 24, 1863, aged ten months. Mr.
Reynolds is a Republican in politics, but has never sought nor held public
office. Nor does he belong to any
fraternal organization. His services
in behalf of the upbuilding of the community include those connected with the
organization of the First National Bank of Killingly, of which he was one of the
stockholders, and he was clerk of the first meeting held by the organizers.
He is entirely self-made, and comes from the ranks of those who build
upon a foundation of common sense and unquestioned integrity.
No citizen has better earned the honor and esteem of the community, and
it is his pride to have never been out of work, never to have looked for a
position, and never to have been discharged.
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