Allen W. Reynolds, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Allen W. Reynolds


A narrative of success in life affords a lesson from which others can greatly profit. In LaPorte County, Indiana, there was born September 18, 1846, a son to Allen W., Sr., and Harriet M. (Pratt) Reynolds, and there he remained, a sturdy youth, until eight years of age. His maternal grandfather was a drummer boy in the War of 1812, and the maternal great grandfather was a soldier in the same war. The parents of our subject were born in the Empire State but at an early date moved to Indiana, LaPorte County. There the father was accidentally killed by a well caving in on him in 1846, and the mother subsequently married Nahum Cross, who is still living. Mrs. Reynolds second marriage occurred in 1854, and her death occurred April 17, 1890. Allen W. Reynolds was the only child by the first marriage, but there were two children born to the second union, both of whom are now deceased. When eight years of age, our subject came with his mother to Valparaiso, and in that city he received a thorough education. During his boyhood, he learned the baker's trade and followed this for about eleven years, meeting with fair success. In the year 1864, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment, in the 100-days' service, and at the end of that time re-enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving until cessation of hostilities. His time was spent in the Cumberland Mountains. Following the war, he returned home and engaged in the bakery business, which he carried on until his marriage, February 1, 1871, to Miss Abbie Hayden. After that, he removed to Morgan Township, this county, on a farm, and followed farming and stock-raising until elected treasurer of the county in the fall of 1890. In 1892, he was re-elected to that position, and in that capacity he has shown himself courteous, obliging and efficient. Nowhere has the energy and perseverance of a man's character a better field for manifestation than in official work, and Mr. Reynold's impress on this sphere of public duty will long be felt. He still owns his farm and is an extensive stock dealer. To his marriage has been born four children, as follows: Gordon L., age twenty years; Charles A., age fifteen years; John G., thirteen years of age, and Bernice, age four years. Fraternally Mr. Reynolds is an Odd Fellow and a G. A. R., and politically a Democrat. Mrs. Reynolds is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 519

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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