9190 Church Street, Langley, BC
Charles Reid was born on April 24, 1888 in Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1908. Two years later he settled in Fort Langley and opened his own blacksmith shop. Later, he became one of the first machinist shop operators in the area. He served on the Langley Council during the mid-thirties and early 1940's and was a member of several municipal advisory committees in the early days. Charles was the first chief of the Fort Langley Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of the Fort Langley Community Improvement Association and an early member of Trade. Charles also served overseas during WWII for four years with the Canadian Army Engineers. He married a pioneer Fort Langley girl, Olive Carter, and raised a family of three children, including son Don and daughter Helen Gardner (husband Bill). He was in the business for 60 years; he saw it change from horse shoeing and wagon repairs to motor mechanics and heavy equipment repairs. Charles Reid died on May 20, 1975.
- Langley Centennial Museum