Silas D. Wait

Funeral services for Silas D. Wait, age 72, oldest child of Jacob and Cordelia Wait, were held at the Methodist church, in Reynolds at 2:00 o'clock, yesterday afternoon with Rev. Norman Rostron officiating. Burial was made in the Reynolds cemetery beside the grave of his wife who died on July 19, 1931. Following a gradual decline of three months or more, Mr. Wait's death came peacefully at 6:30, Tuesday evening. The surviving relatives include an only child, Miss Helen, teacher in the Atwood High school; a sister, Miss E. Pearl Wait; and two brothers, Robert P. and Willet B., all of Reynolds. Another sister, Mrs. Ella Welsh, died on June 30, 1931. Born on May 10, 1859, in Switzerland county, Indiana, Silas Wait rode westward to Rock Island county, Illinois, in a covered wagon with his father in 1873. In his young manhood he was a clerk in the S.P. Ash store in Reynolds. In 1891 he began business for himself in a general store at Giltner, Nebr. Ten years later he came back to Reynolds and opened a similar store in the building now occupied by the Reynolds State Bank. On Feb. 14, 1906, Mr. Wait was married to Miss Sudie Mayall and, not quite a year ago, they celebrated in a quiet way their silver anniversary. When the fine building erected here by Joseph A. Gauley was ready for use, S. D. Wait opened on the lower floor the finest and largest store that Reynolds has known. In 1914 he disposed of the stock and the family moved to Hearne, Sask., where for several years they lived on a wheat ranch. Returning to Reynolds in 1920 Mr. Wait had since devoted his attention to the real estate business. For 50 or more years Mr. Wait's name had been on the membership roll of the Reynolds Methodist church where he was a prominent singer in the choir and where for 32 or more years he officiated as the superintendent of the Sunday school. Interested at all times in the welfare of his church, the happiness of his friends and the progress of the community, Silas D. Wait has the imprint of his personality and fine character on this village. His influence for good will be remembered thru the years to come.

-- The Reynolds Press, Feb 1932