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Henry G. Reynolds was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1850. During his boyhood the years were spent in Chicago, where his father was engaged in trade. His preparation for college was made in the schools of Chicago.

Mr. Reynolds entered the Michigan Agricultural College and graduated in the class of 1870. Prof. Wm. K. Kedzie, Hon. George A. Farr and Chas. W. Garfield were among his classmates. He was a painstaking student, always standing high in his classes, and, although city-bred and entirely unused to manual labor on the farm or in the garden. he took great pride in his acquirements on the labor side of his student life, and has been to this day an enthusiastic exponent of field labor as a part of the training of Agricultural College men. After taking his Bachelor's degree he was appointed foreman in the Department of Horticulture under Prof. W. W. Tracy, with whom in 1871 he formed a copartnership and purchased a farm at Old Mission, Grand Traverse county, Michigan; the purpose being to develop a fruit farm, and establish with it method of working up surplus fruit into manufactured products. The location was chosen not only because of its apparent adaptation to a wide range of fruit but for the reason that the climate was desirable for one who had such precarious health as Mr. Reynolds had endured from his birth to manhood.

Mr. Tracy located on the farm and began its development along the lines before determined, and Mr. Reynolds went to Europe, spending most of two years in the study of the German language and sciences that would naturally aid him in the chosen life pursuit. Returning in 1873 he spent some time with Mr. Tracy in developing some features of the farm, and in 1874 was married to Miss Fannie Llewellyn. The wedding trip was a journey abroad, and most of the following year was spent in travel. Returning Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds settled down to a most delightful home life at Old Mission.

In 1879 Mr. Reynolds was appointed a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and for the six years following he rarely missed a meeting of the Board. He was devoted to the interests of the Agricultural College, and his services were so thoroughly appreciated by his associates that upon the death of Sec. R. G. Baird he was unanimously chosen as Secretary of the Board and the College. His intimate knowledge of the College work and his adaptability to the management of the finances of the institution led the Board to very soon rely upon him as the financier of the College. He brought to the office such equipment for its work that his counsel was of inestimable value, and the details of his office were so well in hand that at any moment the Board

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