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could know from his statement what course to pursue with regard to any proposed plan involving the expenditure of money. He became the business manager of the
In 1891 Mr. Reynolds' health became quite uncertain and caused a great deal of anxiety on the part of his family and near friends. He took a vacation from office work and tramped through portions of New England, hoping the change and relief from the grind of every day college duties would enable him to recuperate. There did seem to be a renewal of strength, but in the spring and early summer of 1892 his nervous difficulty seemed to grow upon him, and he used his hand in writing with some difficulty.
In June of this year he became very anxious about the condition of his very near friend, Chas. W. Garfield, and advised for him a trip to Europe, suggesting as an inducement that if possible to arrange for a leave of absence he would be a companion on the trip. Within a week the details were arranged, and with his son, Llewellyn, and a friend, Mr. O. C. Simonds, of Chicago, as additional companions, he made a rapid bicycle tour of Scotland, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and France, returning in November. He gained in vigor and seemed to have taken a new lease of life, but very soon upon again settling back into official work the gain slipped away, and in the spring of 1893 he was quite rapidly declining and his friends became very anxious for him, and under what proved to be wise counsel he reluctantly retired from the work and the associations he had so greatly enjoyed. In the autumn of 1893 he removed with his family to California, and is now permanently located at Pasadena upon a fruit farm, and, greatly to the joy of all his army of friends, has recovered a good measure of health. The impress of Mr. Reynolds' judgment is seen in many departments of college life, and one of the last important matters come from his hand was the draft of the present law under which the entire management of the College lands was placed in the State Board of Agriculture.
Mr. Reynolds is a home lover, and with his estimable wife has built up a household that is a model of excellence. He believes in agricultural education as outlined in the organic act under which our College is established. He opposes strenuously any meas. ures that in his opinion tend to weaken the leading purpose of the College, to wit: The education of farmers. Two of his sons will graduate next year from the tuition of his own Alma Mater.
Mr. Reynolds is a man of decided opinions. While tolerant of others who may differ from him and always courteous he maintains his own views with earnestness and persistence. He is naturally combative and will fight for what he believes to be right to the end. But is always open to conviction and has modified his views upon leading questions of politics and economies, always maintaining that in the evolution of manhood true progress compels a modification of one's belief. To his friends he is intensely loyal and never hesitates to stand by them in an emergency. Enemies, he has none, for his absolute honesty even in his antagonism commands respect and breeds confidence. His friends are all rejoiced at his recovery of health and strength and wish him many years of happiness with his family in the State of his adoption. His portrait is placed as a frontispiece in this volume by the State Board of Agriculture as a tribute of respect and a record of its appreciation of the labors of Mr. Reynolds in behalf of the State Board of Agriculture and the Michigan Agricultural College.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY
To HON. JOHN T. RICH,
STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE
Governor of the State of Michigan:
SIR-I have the honor to submit to you herewith, as required by statute, the accompanying report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893, with supplementary papers.
STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE.
HON. FRANKLIN WELLS, Constantine,
HON. CHAS. W. GARFIELD, Grand Rapids,
HON. HENRY CHAMBERLAIN, Three Oaks,
HON. EDWIN PHELPS, Pontiac,
HON. JOHN T. RICH, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE,
* Resigned June 30, 1893.
† Appointed secretary July 1, 1893.
*HENRY G. REYNOLDS, M. S., AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, SECRETARY. BENJAMIN F. DAVIS, LANSING, TREASURER.
The President of the Board is ex officio a member of each of the Standing Committees:
COLLEGE LAND GRANT,
STATE WEATHER SERVICE,
C. W. Garfield, A. C. Glidden.
I. H. Butterfield, E. Phelps.
C. W. Garfield, E. Phelps.
A. C. Glidden, I. H. Butterfield.
A. C. Glidden, C. W. Garfield, O.
H. Chamberlain, C. W. Garfield.
E. Phelps, I. H. Butterfield.
E. Phelps, H. Chamberlain.
C. W. Garfield, I, H. Butterfield.
A. C. Glidden, C. W. Garfield.
I. H. Butterfield, H. Chamberlain.