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REID, Henry A.


Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 568-569. Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D. Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.

Reid, Henry A., sheriff of Calcasieu parish, Lake Charles, La., was born at Lake Charles, July 23, 1876; son of Alexander L. and Mary Ida (Guillory) Reid, the former of whom was a native of St. Martinville, La., and the latter of St. Landry parish, near the village of Washington. The paternal grandfather, David J. Reid, was a native of Scotland. He came to America at the age of 18 years, locating near the town of St. Martinville, La. In 1850 he moved from this first location to Lake Charles, where he was subsequently elected sheriff of Calcasieu parish. Upon the expiration of his term in this office he was re-elected to succeed himself, and after having served two terms as sheriff he became a candidate for the office of district judge, to which he was later elected and remained incumbent until the time of his death, in the year 1880.

Alexander L. Reid, his son, and father of the subject of this sketch, was born at St. Martinville, and at the age of 8 years moved with his father to Lake Charles. He attended the public schools of this latter place and when the course of instruction had been completed at these, entered Louisiana state university, from which in due time he graduated. Following the completion of his education he returned to Lake Charles and after some time was elected sheriff of Calcasieu parish. After serving two terms as sheriff, he was elected to the office of tax assessor, but after discharging the duties of this latter office 1 term he was elected mayor of the city of Lake Charles. The people of the city were so well pleased with his administration of the affairs of the municipality that they continued reelecting him to the office of mayor during six consecutive terms. In 1892 he moved from Lake Charles to New Orleans, having been appointed custom house inspector by the late President Cleveland. He remained incumbent of this latter office until the time of his death, Feb. 12, 1911. Some time previous to his death he was made captain of the force, an office that was created especially for him. He is survived by his widow, who at this time makes her home at Lake Charles.

Henry A. Reid was the second of 2 children born to his parents. The first born, Jennie, died at the age of 7 years. Henry A. attended the public schools of Lake Charles, following which he entered the St. Isadore school at New Orleans, from which he graduated with the class of 1894. He then returned to Lake Charles and after a short time entered the service of the St. Louis, Watkins & Gulf R. R., so remaining until 1898, when, upon the beginning of the Spanish-American war, he enlisted as a member of Co. G, 1st Louisiana volunteer infantry; and served until mustered out Oct. 28, 1898. Shortly afterward he accepted employment with the New Orleans Street Railway Co., in New Orleans, remaining in this connection until Aug. 3, 1904, when he returned to Lake Charles and was there appointed deputy sheriff under his uncle, David J. Reid, and stationed at Bon Ami, in Calcasieu parish. Later he was appointed jailer and served 3 years in these joint offices. He then resigned and was appointed to the mounted police force of the city of Lake Charles, so remaining until March 5, 1911, when he resigned to become a candidate for the office of sheriff of the parish. He was duly elected to the latter office, assuming his duties as sheriff June 1, 1912, and is the present incumbent, with prospects favoring his re-election as long as he may desire. In Sept., 1900 Henry A. Reid was married to Miss Alice LaGroue, of Amite City, La. One daughter, Jennie May, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Reid.


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