REED Almar Noyes

REED Almar Noyes[1]

Male 1865 - 1926  (61 years)

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  • Name REED Almar Noyes 
    Nickname Al 
    Born 1 Apr 1865  Coopers Mills, Lincoln, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    _UID D6AA58584FE74D02BEC39C19584E861A312D 
    Died 2 Jun 1926  Mina, Mendocino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • (OBIT: WILLITS NEWS Friday, June 11, 1926.
      AL REED COMMITS SUICIDE
      Al Reed, the well-known cattlemen of Mina, shot and killed himself at his home last Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Reed has been in very poor health for a number of years and has had several capital operations performed. The last operation took place in San Francisco this spring and he stopped off at Willits on his way home and was then despondent.

      For several weeks he was on the verge of insanity and acted queer and for this reason some of the members of his family watched him constantly.
      Wednesday afternoon it so happened that he was left alone for a short period and he then walked over to his son's home, a short distance from his own home, and found his son's rifle and shot himself through the body. The bullet entered just above the heart and came out below his shoulder. He died almost instantly.

      The funeral was held at Mina the following day. Mina is merely a postoffice and is located in the northeastern part of Mendocino county.

      Almar Reed was born in Maine, April 1, 1865 and came to California in 1882.
      In 1886 he married Maria Ellingwood. Five children were born to them, all residing in Mendocino county. They are Mrs. Z. J. Elliott (Margarett), Mrs. J. W. McKinley (Lura), Merrill Reed, Frank Reed and Wilfred Reed.

      He and his family came to Mina from Humboldt county 33 years ago this fall.
      Almar Reed joined the Odd Fellows when he was 21 and has been a member for 40 years. Besides the children there are left a mother, Mrs. Margarett Baker of Ferndale, and a brother, Theron Reed.)
    Buried Aft 2 Jun 1926  Mendocino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Mina Cemetery 
    Almar Reed gravestone
    Almar Reed gravestone
    Notes 
    • WILLITS NEWS (date missing from paper clipping)
      The following is a short history of the founding of Mina, a small settlement north of Covelo, which has begun to grow considerably in the past year. This was written by a pioneer resident of Mina:

      In 1892, a young man by the name of Almar Noyes Reed from Maine, later known as Al Reed, came to Mina, 20 miles north of Covelo, took up 160 acres of government land and built a house, and with his wife thought to make a fortune.

      After a season of hard work and disappointment, he returned to his former employment in the redwoods, establishing a home for his family and for himself, a haven of rest, through the rainy seasons.

      Wages in the redwoods was seventy-five dollars per month at that time and one man was expected to do the work of two. It was "Johnny on the Spot" from the first rays of daylight till the last glow of twilight. But young and strong, he kept the gait.

      In 1895, he bought an additional 160 acres; in 1902, forty acres more. In 1906 the redwoods were losing their charm. He had worked the best years of his life among them, sustaining a broken leg twice in the work amongst nature, and was ready to retire to his ranch.

      In 1907 he built a school house and the following year, with the assistance of neighbors, built a Community Hall. In 1915 he built a beautiful house with all modern improvements, building a second house in 1916, and a third the next year for his sons. In 1920 he built a store and post office and was appointed postmaster.

      These, with three dwelling houses, Community Hall and school house, post office and store, comprise the little village of Mina, California.
    Person ID I96198  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Oct 2011 

    Father REED Elbridge Jacob,   b. 25 Sep 1837, Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1880, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother NOYES Margarett Augusta,   b. 25 Dec 1839, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1932, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1860  [1
    Family ID F38318  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ELLINGWOOD Electa Maria,   b. 4 Sep 1865, Compton, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1922, Mina, Mendocino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1886  [2
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. REED Merrill,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. REED Lura,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. REED Frank,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. REED Wilfred Warren,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F38319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Almar Noyes Reed
    Almar Noyes Reed

  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #74185337.

    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #74182893.