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S. P. Reid Homestead (Joliet, IL) 1929
S. P. Reid Homestead (Joliet, IL) 1929
TitleS. P. Reid Homestead (Joliet, IL) 1929
CreatorAdele Fay Williams
DescriptionDrawing by Adele Fay Williams of the S. P. Reid Homestead on Troy Road. At time of drawing, house was 90 years old and was the first house built on Troy road. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleNearly 100 years old
Date of ArticleSeptember 29, 1929
Transcript of the ArticleFrom Joliet Herald-News Sunday September 29, 1929—"If you have ever driven down the Troy road, whether before or after it became a hard, hard thorofare, you probably wondered what could be its history. Or perhaps, if you were very modern, you wondered why it was left there so seemingly desolate and forsaken. Perhaps if you have an imagination, you might try to think back a hundred years—some say its a hundred years old, and watch with your minds eye the old ox carts toiling by, the farmer in home spun, the women spinning at the loom on the porch. Old Reed Home. Perhaps you could imagine yourself sitting on the porch in the gloaming while wild deer grazed harmlessly nearby. One of the famous pioneer families lived here; no less than the S. B. Reed family, so long a great factor in the growth of Joliet. Until a comparatively few years ago some of the Reed family have occupied the old dwelling continuously. Mrs. Fred Bennitt, who with her sister, Mrs. Mary Reed Hyde, was born in the old homestead, says the rear part of the present structure is the only part of the ancient home. In this old dwelling there was not only a large dining room but there was also a good sized parlor and in the parlor reposed a fine velvet carpet with bright red roses on it. How beautiful it was to her childish eyes! Floors of Walnut. All the doors, the shelves, the floors, the stairs were made of black walnut which the older Reed men found and chopped down along the streams. It was a remarkable fact of that treeless prairie, that at that time both the Desplaines river and the Dupage could be seen from the second story windows. The prairies were burned over every year until the farmers began to plough the fields. After that the trees found a chance to grow. The heavy walnut shelves in the kitchen held 30 pans of milk at one time, she said. Born in Vermont. Mrs. Bennitt's grandfather was Thomas B. Reed, who was born in Vermont where he raised a family of 9 children. But it was his energetic eldest son, Samuel B. Reed, who earned the money and bought his father and all the children to Will county, and built the black walnut home for them. Mrs. Bennitt remembers that her father had a hobby for planting trees, And she remembers when a mere child, she held the little walnut trees in her tiny hands while her father planted them in the ground. Mr. Reed was always constructive and later was the great Canadian Pacific railroad, and others. The front part of the present house was built about 30 years ago, Mrs. Bennitt said. The property is still owned by the Jane Dwight estate."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick on this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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