The founder of this now well established family business was Joseph Reid, a farmers son born in Cookstown in 1875. Joseph was the youngest of six children, he had three brothers and two sisters.
John Reid, the eldest of the boys travelled to America so the farm was passed on to Willy the second eldest of the children. Joseph being the youngest decided that the farming life was not for him and instead served his apprenticeship to the tailoring trade in his home town of Cookstown.
In 1917 Joseph left his family and travelled on his own to Belfast and started a footwear business at 99 Sandy Row. At this time Joseph set about teaching himself the specialised craft of high class boot and shoemaking. Through lots of hard work and dedication the business soon became established and this lead to Joseph having to employ seven or eight men in his workshop.
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