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Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath Family

Gerlach and Mary Reifenrath are a Collateral Family (in-laws of our Imoehl cousins, Julia Helen (Imoehl) Reifenrath and Joseph William Imoehl). I’ve included their family because it’s an interesting one I wanted to share.

JOHANN GERLACUS “GERLACH” REIFENRATH, son of Johann Peter and Anna Katharina (Stranier) Reifenrath

  • born: 29 Feb 1828, Birken Parish, Wiseen, Germany [Prussia].
  • died 19 Feb 1895 at the age of 66 in St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.
  • married: 05 Oct 1868 MARIA MARGARETHA SCHMIDT in Sankt Michael Katholisch, Kirchen, Rheinland, Prussia.1
MARIA “MARY” MARGARETHA SCHMIDT, daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Groß) Schmidt
  • born: 6 Jul 1843, Prussia
  • died: 22 Aug 1919, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA
Gerlach is buried at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Saint Helena, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #65537295. Mary is buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery, Saint James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #53821825.

Gerlach and Mary settled in what was called Brookey Bottom, in Cedar County, Nebraska. The 1889 plat map of sections 7-18 of Township 32N R32, above shows where two of their properties were. This is the area I believe to be called Brookey Bottom, although the 1885 Nebraska State Census shows them living in Lime Grove (aka Lime Creek), Cedar County, Nebraska, which was what district 11, was called at the time.  Gerlach had passed in 1885 and the property was listed as his estate. See my post St. James, Wynot, Nebraska and Brookey Bottom for the history of this area.  After Gerlach’s death, Mary would move to the property just south of St. James in sections 24 & 25 of township 32N R2, just west of township 32N R3 as you can see on the map below.3
1889 Plat Map Sections 7-18, Township 32N R3.
St. James, 1889 Plat Map Sections 7-18, Township 32N R3.

The biographies and records below provide a glimpse into their lives.

Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath Biography

Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath Family4

Gerlach Reifenrath was born in Birken, Germany, February 29, 1828. After serving three years in the Army, he came to America. Crossing the ocean in a sail boat took about 8 weeks. When he arrived in the United States, he heard about the gold rush in California. He went there and worked in the mines and took his citizenship papers in San Diego in 1857. He returned to Germany and brought back some of his brothers. They all worked in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a time. Then hearing of the Homestead Act in Nebraska of 1862, they came to Nebraska.

Gerlach took a 160 acre homestead in Brookey Bottom in the early sixties, and in May, 1867, he bought land from the government in Dixon County by patent. The papers were issued May 1, 1867, and signed by President Johnson’s secretary. This land now belongs to a grandson, Alphons Reifenrath.

In 1868, Gerlach again went to Germany and this time married Mary Margaret Schmidt of Hossel, Germany. They returned to Brookey Bottom where he and his brothers had built a log house. This log house had to be moved in 1948 as the Missouri River had cut away the land and had come within thirty feet of the house. When the land was purchased, the river was two miles away.

This couple had nine children. They experienced many hardships through floods, droughts, grasshoppers and sickness. In the flood of 1881, the family lost everything: their grain, sixty-four head of cattle and seventy hogs. They lived for eleven days on the second floor of their house. The water was 5 feet deep on the first floor. They burned the wood work, bed slats and furniture for fuel to keep warm.

During their first years on the homestead, they traveled by oxen and wagon to the Catholic Church in St. Helena. Later they attended church in St. James. The distance to St. Helena was 16 miles, so Mrs. Reifenrath rented rooms from Alex Schulte (grandfather of Alex and Joe Schulte of Hartington), over their drugstore in St. Helena, and went there Saturday afternoon with her family. After attending Mass Sunday morning, they would have a good dinner and then start the return trip home. Later, heavy work horses replaced the oxen, and a team of driving ponies was purchased from C. M. Jones.

While working in the mines in California Gerlach had a wide band ring with a red stone setting made for his mother. When she died, it was returned to him and he had two wedding rings made from it for himself and his bride, with each engraved on the inside. He also had a crucifix, earrings and brooch made from the gold he had mined.

Mr. Reifenrath died February 19, 1895 and is buried in the St. Helena cemetery. Mrs. Reifenrath carried on at the homestead and to be closer to church and stores, she purchased 186 acres of land at St. James which has been the John G. Reifenrath farm since 1898. In 1906, Mrs. Mary Reifenrath donated the Blessed Virgin Statue for the new SS. Philip and James church. Mrs. Reifenrath died August 22, 1918 and is buried in the St. James cemetery.

The old log house was replaced in 1960 with a modern home by a grandson, Joseph F. Reifenrath, now the owner of the old homestead. His son, Don and his family, now live there.

There were 9 children in the Reifenrath family. John G. married Julia Imoehl of Iowa. They had 10 children. Mathilda married Bernard Klug, Twins were born and both mother and twins died in 1891. Peter died of Diptheria at the age of five. Anna married Joseph Imoehl and they had 3 children. Fred P. never married. August G. never married. Frank J. married Seraphine Haas and had no children. Elizabeth and Clara never married.

AD

A Writing By John G. Reifenrath

The following memoir was written by their son, John G. Reifenrath.5 I have added paragraphs for easier reading, but is otherwise unchanged.

A Writing by John G. Reifenrath, March 27, 1935 

The following is a memoir as it was written by John G. Reifenrath when he was 65 years old. He had had only one year of schooling. This writing was found after his death and is reproduced here just as he wrote it.

just 54 years ago today March 27, 1891 the hard winter and lots of snow was when the Missure river whent on a rampage when the thick ice broke and gorged from near West Point up the river to Yankton, South Dakota and but all the low lands along the river under water and the riter of this was born on the Brooky Bottom where the water was from 4 to 20 ft. deap all over the bottom and the watter came so fast that people had no time save hardly anything.

my Father allway an early riser and when he got up in the morning and heard the terabol roar from river but it was to dark to see anything but about 6 o’clock he wake us up and told Mother that the river was making an unusually loud rocked and Father went out doing chorse and Mother started to git Breakfast and while she was doing that she looked out throug the window to the North and she saw the water coming from the river from 2 to 4 ft. high. well then everything was excited.

father was in the barn feeding the horsas and calves when it strock and he turned horsas loos and opened the barn and fastened the door so the horsas could git out and then he started for the house. he had to go throug the watter till over his hips and the watter wa so swift that he would have mist the house if if had not bin for the close line which was fastened to the house and a post of the cattal yard by the by this time he got in the house then was 2 ft. of water in the house Mother and I and my oldest Sister caried everything upstairs that we could cary and a box heating stove and took window pain out for the stove pip to go through.

but in the afternoon the watter went down somewat down and Swan Anderson and Peat Wigger from lime crik came to git us but as the watter was going town we did not feel like going and they thought so to for thair was lots of dry spots arount the yard than so we could feel the stock but it did not last long for during the night to the 28th the water started to rise until it was again about 2 ft. deep in the house and it turned very cold with a ferce North West wint and it froze ice all over the bottom, cottle and horses were standing in the water middal belly deep froze in olive cottle starving in the water standing for about 11 days and than it got warm and the water took another rise of about of about 2 1/2 ft. which stayed up for about 1 day and then the gorge broke but most of the people where out of the bottom for people from all over the country helped getting them out which was quite difficult job on account of the ice.

And when the watter went down with a roar when some of the buildings went My Uncle Pete Reifenrath buildings where all swept away and allso the C,Satories and all thair stock was swiped away and thair places where left bair and the Brooky Brothers, Frank and Charly lost all thair stock except the buildings and my Father lost all his cottle 64 head and some 70 hogs and 3 head of horsas and around 500 bu. of wheat and all the other farmers lost more or les of thair stock. 

John G. Reifenrath,
Wynot Nebraska

Gerlach and Mary Reifenrath Census Records

1870 US Federal Census, Brooke Precinct, Cedar County, Nebraska, Post Office: St. James, enumerated on the 1st day of August, 1870.

  • Gerlach Reifenrath, age: 42, occupation: farmer, real estate value: 1800, personal estate value: 1790, birthplace: Prussia, Father of foreign birth: yes, Mother of foreign birth: yes. Citizen over 21, yes.
  • Mary Reifenrath, age: 27, occupation: keeping house, birthplace: Prussia, Father of foreign birth: yes, Mother of foreign birth: yes.
  • John G. Reifenrath, age: 8 months, birthplace: Nebraska, birth month: Oct.
1880 US Federal Census, District No. 11 (Lime Creek), Cedar County, Nebraska, USA, Supervisor’s Dis. No 2, Enumeration Dist. No. 85, page No. 11, District No. 11 (Lime Creek), Cedar County, enumerated on the 23rd day of June, 1880.
  • Gerlach Reifenrath, age: 52, married, occupation: Farmer, birthplace: Prussia, Fathers birthplace: Prussia, Mothers birthplace: Prussia.
  • Mary Reifenrath, age: 37, wife, married, occupation: keeping house, birthplace: Prussia, Fathers birthplace: Prussia, Mothers birthplace: Prussia.
  • John Reifenrath, age: 10, son, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Matilda Reifenrath, age: 9, daughter, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Anna Reifenrath, age: 5, daughter, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Fred Reifenrath, age: 3, son, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Frank Reifenrath, age 6 months, birthmonth: Dec., son, birthplace: Nebraska.
1885 Nebraska State Census, Lime Grove, Cedar County, Nebraska, Precinct No 11, Enumeration Dist. No. 118, Page No. 6 B, enumerated on the 4th day of June, 1885.
  •  G. Reifenrath, age: 57, Head, married, occupation: Farmer, birthplace: Prussia, Fathers birthplace: Prussia, Mothers birthplace: Prussia.
  • Mary Reifenrath, age: 32, wife, married, birthplace: Prussia, Fathers birthplace: Prussia, Mothers birthpace: Prussia.
  • John Reifenrath, age: 16, son, single, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Annie Reifenrath, age: 10, daughter, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Marg [Matilda?] Reifenrath, age: 13, daughter, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Fred Reifenrath, age: 7, son, attending school, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Frank Reifenrath, age: 5, son, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • August Reifenrath, age: 3, son, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Elizabeth Reifenrath, age: 1, daughter, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Edward Clark, age: 18, servant , Occupation: Laborer
  • F. W. Reifenrath, age: 61, also listed as Head, Farmer, birthplace: Prussia. [brother of Gerlach]
In 1895, at the age of 66, Gorlach died and Mary took over as Head of Household.
 
1900 US Federal Census, Precinct 11, Cedar County, Nebraska, Supervisor’s District No. 158, Enumeration District No. 33, Sheet No. 13 A. Enumerated June 1900.
  • Mary M. Reifenrath, Head, birth month/year: Jul 1843, age: 56, widow, number of children born: 9, number of children living: 7, birthplace: Germany, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Germany, immigration year: 1868,  years in US: 32, occupation: Farmer, can read, write and speak english, Own Farm, free of mortgage.
  • John  Reifenrath, son, birth month/year: Oct 1869, age: 30, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: Farm Laborer, can read, write and speak english.
  • Frederic  Reifenrath, son, birth month/year: Jan 1877, age: 23, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: Farm Laborer, can read, write and speak english.
  • Frank  Reifenrath, son, birth month/year: Dec 1878, age: 20, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: Farm Laborer, can read write and speak english. 
  • August  Reifenrath, son, birth month/year: Dec 1881, age: 18, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: Farm Laborer, can read write and speak english.
  • Elizabeth  Reifenrath, daughter, birth month/year: Mar 1889, age: 16, single, birthplace: Nebraska, can read, write and speak english.
  • Mary  Reifenrath, daughter, birth month/year: June 1886, age: 13, single, birthplace: Nebraska, at school, can read, write and speak english.
1910 US Federal Census, Precinct # 5, Cedar County, Nebraska, Supervisor’s District No. 3, Enumeration District No. 36, Sheet No 4 A, Enumerated on the 15th day of April 1910.
  • Mary M. Reifenrath, Head age: 66, widow, number of children born: 9, number of children living: 7, birthplace: Germany, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Germany, immigration year: 1868, occupation: Manager, industry: home farm, working on own account, can read and write, Own Farm, mortgaged.
  • Fred P. Reifenrath, son, age: 33, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: none, can read and write.
  • Frank J. Reifenrath, son, age: 31, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: none, can read and write.
  • August G. Reifenrath, son, age: 28, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: none, can read and write.
  • Elizabeth Reifenrath, daughter, age: 26, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: none, can read and write.
  • Clara Reifenrath, daughter, age: 23, single, birthplace: Nebraska, occupation: none, can read and write.
Partial 1917 Plat Map for Township 32N R2E Cedar County, Nebraska Showing Wynot, St. James and highlighted Reifenrath and Imoehl properties.

Partial 1917 Plat Map for Township 32N R2E Cedar County, Nebraska Showing Wynot, St. James and
blue highlighted Reifenrath and Imoehl properties.7

Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath Children

  1. JOHN GERLACH REIFENRATH son of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 6 Oct 1870 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He died March 21, 1956 at the age of 85 in Wynot, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He married JULIA HELEN IMOEHL, daughter of Joseph and Helena (Doerr) Imoehl on 22 Nov 1900 in Festina, Winneshiek County, Iowa, most likely at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. After their marriage they settled in the St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska area on a farm in section 36 of Township 32N R2E, where they raised their family. This is an ancestor I have followed.
  2. MARIA “MARY” MATHILDA REIFENRATH daughter of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 18 Jun 1871 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She died on 20 Feb 1891 at the age of 19 in Cedar County, Nebraska. She married BERNARD KLUG, son  of Stephen Bernard and Karhaarina (Koch) Klug, on 1 May 1890 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He was born 24 aug 1861 in Nebraska, USA and died at the age of 74 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. 

    They are both buried at Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery in Saint Helena, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorials: Bernard: #46836211 and Mary: #65537799.

    Maria and a set of twins died during childbirth on 20 Feb 1891. 

    Bernard 2nd married Married MARY ANGELA WUEBBEN, daughter of Johan Bernard and Anna Maria (Spiekers) Wuebben on 21 Nov 1893 in St. Helena, Cedar County, Nebraska. The would have the following children:
      1. Stephen Bernard Klug (1894-1976)
      2. Anna Klug (1895-1934)
      3. Fritz “Fred” Klug (1898-1978)
      4. Joseph Frank Klug (1900-1975)
      5. Cathrina “Katie” E. Klug (1901-1997)
      6. Rose Klug (1905-1985)
      7. Elisabeth Kllug (1911-1938)
      8. Veronica Klug (1916-1916)
  3. PETER ROBERT REIFENRATH son of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 15 Jan 1873 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska and died 13 Dec 1878 at the age of 5 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.

    Peter is buried at Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery in Saint Helena, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #68700401.

  4. ANNA ELIZABETH REIFENRATH daughter of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 4 Feb 1875 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 2 Aug 1951 at the age of 76 in St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She married JOSEPH WILLIAM IMOEHL, son of Joseph and Helena (Doerr) Imoehl on 16 Nov 1897 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. They settled on a farm in section 36 Township 32N R2E, a couple of miles south of St. James.  This is an ancestor I have followed.
  5. FREDRICH “Fred” P. REIFENRATH son of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 19 Jan 1877 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 10 Apr 1948 at the age of 71 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.

    Fred is buried at Saints Philip and James catholic Cemetery in St, James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #47386472.

    Fred P. Reifenrath Biography6
    Fred P. Reifenrath was born January 19, 1877, in Brookey Bottom.  His parents were Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath.  The family homesteaded the farm in the early 60’s shortly after coming to the United States from Germany.  He never married.  He started farming for himself near St. James and lived there the rest of his life.  He was interested in the Brookey Bottom Drainage District and the Missouri River waterways.  His brothers and sisters were John G., Mathilda Klug, Peter Robert, Anna Imoehl, Franz Wilhelm, August G., Frank J., Elizabeth and Clara.  He died April 10, 1948 and is buried in the SS. Philip and James Cemetery.  The Resurrection statue on the SS. Philip and James Cemetery was donated by Mr. Reifenrath.
  6. FRANK J. REIFENRATH son of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 21 Dec 1879 in Cedar County, Nebraska (most likely Brookey Bottom) and died 6 Nov 1932 at the age of 52 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He married SERAPHINA MARIA ANNA HAAS daughter of J. Cyriacus and Anna Maria (Schitt) Haas. She was born 20 May 1890 at Menominee, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 8 October 1975 at the age of 85 in Hartington, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.

Frank and Sarphina are both buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery, St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #47386478 and #47386486

Seraphina (Haas) Reifenrath Obituary8
Mrs. F. Reifenrath

Mrs. Frank Reifenrath, 85, of Cedars Nursing Home in Hartington, Neb., a former Sioux city resident, died Wednesday at the nursing home.

Mrs. Reifenrath, the former Seraphina Haas, was born May 20, 1890, in Menominee, Neb. She was married to Mr. Reifenrath in 1919 at Fordyce, Neb. Mr. Reifenrath died in February of 1932. Mrs. Reifenrath had been employed as a housekeeper for Bishop Hunkeier in Omaha, Grand Island and Kansas City, Mo. She came to Sioux city in 1972.

Survivors include a brother, John of Sioux City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Phillip and James Catholic church in St. James, Neb. The Rev. Robert Elmers will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with the Wintz Funeal Home of Hartington, Neb. in charge. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frank and Serphina (Haas) Reifenrath
Frank and Serphina (Haas) Reifenrath
  1. AUGUST GERLACH REIFENRATH the son of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath, was born 20 Dec 1881 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 02 Jul 1963 at the age of 81 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.

August is buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery in St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #47386457.

August Gerlach Reifenrath Biography9

August Reifenrath was born December 20, 1881. His parents were Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath. He died July 2, 1963 and is buried in SS. Philip and James Cemetery. He never married. His sisters and brothers were John G., Mathilda Klug, Peter Robert, Anne Imoehl, Frederic P., Franz Wilhelm, Frank J., Elizabeth and Clara M.

He assisted his brothers with farming the old homestead near Brookey Bottom until 1912 when he and his mother and sister moved to the old George Duman farm south of the SS. Philip and James Church.

August Gerlach Reifenrath Obituary10

Funeral for August Reifenrath, 81, at St. James Saturday

ST. JAMES — Funeral services for August G. Reifenrath, 81, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Philip and James Catholic church here.

A Solemn Requiem Mass was held with Father Thomas DeBacker officiating. Father Ernest Halemba served as deacon and Father Cyril Werner was subdeacon. Father Otto Buehler was master of ceremonies. Other priests present were Rev. John Brock and Rev. Lewis Astudo of Boys’ Town and Rev. Edward Hunkeler of Bloomfield.

Burial was in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Pinkelman, Fritz Pinkelman, Joe Reifenrath, Alphonse Reifenrath, Stanley Pinkelman and Richard Pinkelman. Services for the Solemn High Mass were Daniel Reifenrath, Thomas Reifenrath, Johnny Reifenrath and Marian Rolfes.

August G. Reifenrath was born December 20, 1881, the son of Gerlach and Mary Smith (sic/Schmidt) Reifenrath of Wynot. He assisted his brothers with farming the old homestead near Brookey Bottom until 1912 when he and his mother and sister moved to the old George Duman farm south of SS. Philip and James church here.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters. Surviving him is his sister, Clara M. Reifenrath of Kansas City, Kans.

  1. ELIZABETH REIFENRATH daughter of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 11 Mar 1884 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 15 Jan 1949 at the age of 26.

Elizabeth is buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery, St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #47386466.

The 1930 and 1940 US Federal Census’ shows Elizabeth at the age of 46 and 56 living with Pastor Edward J. Hunkeler, as his housekeeper in Omaha, Nebraska. Her sister-in-law Seraphina was also a housekeeper for “Bishop Hunkeier”  in Omaha, Nebraska at one time. The 1940 US Federal Census also shows her sister Clara as Housekeeping and along three other priests in the household. 

A 1942 Omaha City Directory also shows Elizabeth and Clara Reifenrath as housekeepers at 701 N. 40th, Omaha, Nebraska. 

  1. CLARA MARY REIFENRATH daughter of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath was born 23 Jun 1886 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA and died 21 Apr 1968 at the age of 81 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA.

Clara is buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery, St. james, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. Find A Grave Memorial #47386450.

Clara Reifenrath Biography11

Clara was born June 10, 1886, the youngest child of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath. She received her education at the Parochial School in St. Helena. She played the organ at the St. James Church. She took care of her mother until she died in 1918. She then kept house for priests. Later, she became the housekeeper for Archbishop Edward J. Hunkler for 32 years. She died at his residence in Kansas City, Kansas in April of 1968.

Clara donated much money and articles to the parish. She also donated 1/2 acre of land with the cottage of it north of the church, to the parish in 1964.

Clara was the last of the living descendants of the Gerlach Reifenrath family, who were pioneer settlers in the Brookey Bottom area of Cedar County. She was buried in the cemetery adjoining the church of SS. Philip and James.

Clara Reifenrath Obituary12

MISS CLARA M REIFENRATH

Miss Clara M. Reifenrath, 81, of 3408 Minnesota, Kansas Cit, Kansas, the housekeeper more than 30 years for the most Rev. Edward J. Hunkeler, archbiship of the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, died yesterday at the home. She was born in Cedar County, Nebraska, and was housekeeper for the archbishop in Grand island, Neb., before moving with him to Kansas City, Kansas, 17 years ago. Miss Reifenrath was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic cathedral and the altar society. Services will be held at 9:30 o’clock Tuesday at the Gibson-Butler chapel and at 10 o’clock at the cathedral; burial at Wynot, Neb. The rosary will be said at 7:30 o’cock tonight at the chapel, where friends may call after 3 o’cock today.

 

Citations:

  1. Gerlacus Reifenrath and Maria Margaretha Schmidt Marriage, Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929, Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929, Author: Ancestry.com, Publisher: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Publisher Date: 2014, Publisher Location: Provo, UT, USA, Repository Information: Name: Ancestry.com, Address: http://www.Ancestry.com.
  2. Plat Map 1899 Twp 32N R2E, St. James, Missouri River, Second Bow Creek, published by Northwest Publishing Company in 1899, you can purchase this map from historicmapworks.com website online at http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/55237/Township+32+N+++Range+2+E++++St++James++Missouri+River++Second+Bow+Creek/Cedar+County+1899/Nebraska/ (Accessed 22 Oct 2019).
  3. Plat Map 1899 Twp 32N R3E, Missouri River, Ames Creek, published by Northwest Publishing Company in 1899, you can purchase this map at historicworks.com website online at http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/55238/Township+32+N+++Range+3+E+++Missouri+River++Ames+Creek/Cedar+County+1899/Nebraska/ (Accessed 22 Oct 2019).
  4. Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath Biography, from SS. Philip and James Catholic Church, Observing 96 Years of Catholic Faith, 1904-2000, pp 84,85, posted to ancestry.com by jeanjunkie on 12 Feb 2011. (Accessed 2 Nov 2019).
  5. A Writing by John G. Reifenrath, March 27, 1935, SS. Philip & James Catholic Church, Observing 96 Years of Catholic Faith, 1904-2000, Pages 87-88, posted to ancestry.com by jeanjunkie on 7 Sep 2010. (Accessed 2 Nov 2019).
  6. Fred P. Reifenrath Biography, SS. Philip and James Catholic Church, Observing 96 Years of Catholic Faith, 1904-2000, P 89, posted to ancestry.com by jeanjunkie on 12 Feb 2011 (Accessed 3 Nov 2019).
  7. Partial Plat Map of Township 32 N-Range 2 E, Wynot, St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, published by Geo. A. Ogle and Co. in 1917. You can purchased this map at Historic Map Works website online at
     http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/33624/Township+32+N+++Range+2+E++Wynot++St++James/Cedar+County+1917/Nebraska/ (Accessed 3 Nov 2019).
  8. Seraphina (Haas) Reifenrath Obituary “Mrs. F. Reifenrath” Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 10 Oct 1975, Fri, Page 9, retrieved from newspapers.com website online at
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38371104/obituary_for_f_reifenrath_aged_85/ (Accessed 3 Nov 2019).
  9. August G. Reifenrath Biography, SS. Philip and James Catholic Church, Observing 96 Years of Catholic Faith, 1904-2000, pp 86, 89, posted to Findagrave.com memorial #47386457 at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47386457 (Accessed 3 Nov 2019).
  10. August Gerlach Reifenrath Obituary “Funeral for August Reifenrath, 81, at St. James Saturday” Cedar County News, Hartington, NE, Wednesday, July 10, 1963, retrieved from Find A Grave Memorial at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47386457 (Accessed 3 Oct 2019).
  11. Clara Reifenrath Biography, SS. Philip and James catholic Church, Observing 96 years of Catholic Faith, 1904-2000, p 89, retrieved from Find A Grave Memorial 4736450 at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47386450 (Accessed 3 Nov 2019).
  12. Clara Reifenrath Obituary, “Miss Clara M. Refienrath” Kansas City times (Kansas City, Missouri), 22 apr 1968, Mon, Page 25, retrieved from newspapers.com website online at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/38381520/miss_calra_m_reifenrath_obituary/ (Accessed 3 Nov 2019)

Disclosure:
The family Information was retrieved from a variety of family trees, webgens and family stories. I will note citations as appropriate and hope the information assists you in your research, but please do not use this as proven evidence. Feedback is welcome!

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