In 1899, veterinary surgeon Dr. Elijah L. Reid moved his practice from Stantonsburg to the greener pastures of the town of Wilson, setting up at Jefferson D. Farrior‘s livery stable. He came with glowing references.
Elijah L. Reid (1864-1948) was the first (and perhaps only ever) African-American veterinarian in Wilson County. His father, Washington Reid (1822-1889), was a prosperous farmer in northeast Wayne County, near modern Eureka. The Reids were a free family of color whose matriarch, Rhoda Reid, was born about 1795.