Walter A. Reid biography

WALTER A. REID, clerk of the county and district courts with office at Wichita Falls, Texas, has followed in the footsteps of his most worthy father and attained at a young age to a prominent place in the official and business affairs of this city of North Texas.

His father is Charles E. Reid, who was born at Greenup, Kentucky, August 2, 1850. He early became identified with the mercantile affairs of his birthplace, and was a prosperous merchant in Greenup until 1883. In the latter year he came to the then new town of Wichita Falls, and in an official capacity and as a private citizen has been co-operating most heartily and effectively in its progress and upbuilding ever since. For the first three years he continued mercantile pursuits in this place, and in 1886 was elected to the office of county clerk and clerk of the district court. He was a competent and trustworthy official, as he demonstrated from the very beginning of his career, and at each subsequent election he was returned to office by good majorities. He gave his active supervision to the affairs of office until he recently suffered a paralytic stroke, and he is now an invalid. He has made himself a loved and trusted member of the community, and his integrity and upright conduct have been sustaining forces in all the affairs of Wichita Falls and vicinity. His wife was Miss Mary L. McCoy, also a native of Kentucky.

Mr. Walter A. Reid was born to these parents in Greenup, Kentucky, in 1875, and was eight years old when the family home was transferred to Texas. He accordingly received most of his education in the schools at Wichita Falls. He entered his father’s office and was the competent and efficient deputy for ten years before he took his father’s place on account of the latter’s illness. He is now (at this writing) the candidate for election to the office and has practically no opposition since the affairs to the office have so long been in his and his father’s hands that they could not seem rightly placed with any other person. The business of the clerk’s office is conducted in a most up-to-date and thorough manner, fully justifying the confidence reposed in these men by the citizens of the county.

Mr. Reid is a Master Mason, and his father is both a Royal Arch and a Knight Templar Mason.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, p. 509.