Bio: Reinard, William F. (1863 - 1904)


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----Source: "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915); pgs. 638-641,





William F. Reinard, who established and has since published the Hermosa Hustler, was born at South Durham, New York, August 1, 1863, a son of James H. and Phoebe J. (Secor) Reinard, also natives of the Empire state. The father was born near the Hudson valley and his parents were pioneers in the Mohawk valley. He always followed the occupation of farming and he died in New York in 1863, a few months before the birth of his son, William F. His wife was a native of Elmira, New York, and after the death of her husband she married William A. Chariton. In October, 1875, they went to Jackson county, Wisconsin, settling near Black River Falls, and after three years removed to Spencer, Marathon county, where Mrs. Chariton passed away on the 17th of March, 1903.  


William F. Reinard was the youngest of five children. He attended school at Cairo, New York, and at Neillsville, Wisconsin, where he became a high-school pupil. At the age of sixteen he began working for others in Wisconsin and afterward again attended school. He continued in the employ of others until 1884, when he secured a preemption claim in Wheeler county, Nebraska, and took up his abode in that district, where he taught school for four years. He then engaged in the newspaper business at Bartlett, Nebraska, for about a year, after which he continued in the same line at Spalding, that state, for two years. He then went to Missouri, settling at Collins, St. Clair county, where he remained for two years. While there he published The Kollins Kicker. In the spring × of 1893 he removed to the Black Hills and worked for others while looking for a location. In July of that year he went to Pierre, where he worked on the Fair Play and on the Journal, but in October he went back to Wisconsin and was married. The following year he returned to the Black Hills, settling at Viewfield, where he established the Elk Valley Eagle, continuing its publication until 1898. He then went to Keystone, where he revived the old Keystone Miner, continuing there until November, 1905, when he located in Hermosa and established the Hermosa Hustler, a weekly journal, which he has since published, making it one of the live, bright, readable and interesting journals of his section of the state. Mr. Reinard is also engaged to some extent in the real-estate business, owning property at Hermosa, including a number of lots and the business block in which he publishes his paper. He likewise holds stock in a number of mines and the varied and important nature of his business makes heavy demands upon his time.


On the 7th of April, 1894, Mr. Reinard was united in marriage to Mrs. Rosa May (Brooks) Scofield, a native of Sparta, Wisconsin, and a daughter of Samuel and Nancy Miranda (Houghteling) Brooks, the former a native of New York and the latter of Jefferson county, Wisconsin. The father was a stationary engineer and also a carpenter and builder. He died at Spencer, Wisconsin, February 24, 1904, but his widow still resides in that place. He was a soldier of the Civil war, serving as a private for nine or ten months as a member of Company 1, Forty-ninth Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers. He was never wounded and although ill was never confined in a hospital. Mrs. Reinard was the second in order of birth in a family of four children. She first became the wife of Albert Byron Scofield and to them was born a son, Hiram Arthur, who is a blacksmith by trade and now resides with Mr. and Mrs. Reinard.  


Politically Mr. Reinard is a republican and served as township clerk and as justice of the peace while in Nebraska, but he is not an aspirant for office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which are carefully directed. Whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his own labors and constitutes a fitting crown of his well directed activities.  







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