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Joseph Imoehl and Anna Reifenrath Imoehl Family

JOSEPH WILLIAM IMOEHL son of Joseph and Helen (Doerr) Imoehl

  • born: 04 Mar 1873 in Festina, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA. 
  • died: 16 Sep 1948 at the age of 75 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. 
  • married: 16 Nov 1897 ANNA ELIZABETH REIFENRATH in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA

ANNA ELIZABETH REIFENRATH, daughter of Gerlach and Maria “Mary” Margaret (Schmidt) Reifenrath 

  • born: 04 Feb 1875 in Brookey Bottom, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. 
  • died: 02 Aug 1951 at the age of 76 in St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA.

Joseph and Anna Imoehl were both buried at Saints Philip and James Catholic Cemetery, St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska [about a mile east of Wynot, Nebraska.]

Joseph was born in Festina, Iowa and at the age of 21 moved to St. James, Iowa. He married Anna Reifenrath in an area called Brookey Bottom, a few miles northeast of St. James. See my post on Wynot, St. James and Brookey Bottom for the story about this area. Anna’s parents owned property in the Brookey Bottom area, outlined in red below.

1899 Partial Plat Brookey Bottom-Twp 32N R3E
1899 Partial Plat Map of Cedar County Twp 32N R3E showing approximate area of Brookey Bottom. Chapel / School House is where Joseph and Anna Imoehl were married. The properties outlined in red were owned by Anna's father Gerlach Reifenrath.

Joseph and Anna purchased a farm just south of St. James where they farmed and raised their children. You can see the location in section 36 highlighted in blue on the 1917 partial plat map to the right. 

Following are stories, obituaries and census information for Joseph and Anna.

Biography 
SS. Philip and James Catholic Church History, P. 72, submitted by Jeanette Pinkelman: 1

Joseph Imoehl was born in 1874 in Festina, Iowa, the son of Joseph Imoehl Sr. and Helena Doerr.  He came to Cedar County at an early age.  He married Anna Reifenrath on November 16, 1897, in a little chapel in a school house in Brookey Bottom by Father Henry Schoof, pioneer priest of the St. Helena parish from 1879 to 1902.  Their witnesses were John Reifenrath and Emilee Imoehl.  Anna was born in 1875, the daughter of Gerlach and Mary (Schmidt) Reifenrath, of Brookey Bottom.  Joe farmed but was more interested in working with a forge and anvil.  He also enjoyed smoking a pipe and he loved to eat lots of onions.

Joseph and Anna had 3 children.  Rose married Fritz Pinkelman. Mary married Lawrence Pinkelman. George died in infancy.  Anna is remembered as always having candy and gum for the grandchildren. Joseph Imoehl died in 1948 and his wife, Anna, died in 1951.  They are both buried in the SS. Philip and James Cemetery.

They celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 1947.

1917 Imoehl-Partial Plat Map of Twp 32N R2E Cedar County Nebraska, Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, & 36
1917 Partial Plat Map of Twp 32N R2E Cedar County Nebraska, Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, & 36 - Joseph Imoehl Property is highlighted in blue.

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Joseph Imoehl Obituary

Funeral Rites Held for Cedar County Man 2

Wydnot, Neb.–– Special: Funeral services were held here for Joseph Imoehl, 74, at the Catholic church at St. James.

Mr. Imoehl was born March 4, 1874, at Festina, Ia. At the age of 21 he came to Cedar county, Neb., and had resided in this vicinity since that time. On November 16, 1897 he married Miss Anna Reifenrath.

Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Pinkelman and Mrs. Fritz Pinkelman, both of Wynot; six sisters; two brothers and 10 grandchildren.

Anna Elizabeth (Reifenrath) Imoehl Obituary

Imoehl Rites at St. James Daughter of Pioneers Dies on August 2nd 3

WYNOT –– Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Phillip and James church at St. James for Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Imoehl, who died August 2 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fritz S. Pinkelman. Rev. “Godfred Melergerd officiated at the service. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Winter Mortuary. Pallbearers were Edmund and Edward Pinkelman, Art and Florenz Burbach and Alphonse and Joseph Reifenrath.

Mrs. Imoehl, who had been in poor for several years, was a lifelong resident of Cedar county and of this community. She was born February 4, 1875, at Brookey Bottom, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerlach Reifenrath, early pioneers of this section.

November 18, 1897 she was married to Joseph Imoehl in a little church at the Brooky Bottom school, by Father Schoof, early day priest for Cedar county. They farmed for almost half a century near here. Mr. Imoehl died September 16, 1948 at their farm home south of Wynot.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Fritz S. Pinkelman (Rose) and Mrs. Lawrence Pinkelman (Mary). Also two brothers, John G. Reifenrath and August Reifenrath of Wynot and one sister, Miss Clara M. Reifenrath, of Kansas City, Kansas.

Coming from a distance to attend the services were a niece and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wieseler of Rochester, Minn.

Joseph and Anna Imoehl Census Records

1900 US Federal Census, Precinct 4, Cedar County Nebraska, Supervisor’s district No. 158, Enumeration District No. 33, Sheet No. 3 B. Enumerated June 28, 1900.

  • Joseph Imoehl, head, birth month/year: Mar 1874, age: 26, married 2 years, birthplace: Iowa, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Pennsylvania, occupation: Farmer, can read, write and speak english, Renting Farm.
  • Anna Imoehl, wife, birth month/year: Feb 1875, age: 25, married 2 years, birthplace: Nebraska, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Germany, can read, write and speak english.

1910 US Federal Census, Precinct 5, Cedar County, Nebraska, Supervisors district No. 03, Enumeration District No. 36, Sheet No. 4 B, Enumerated on the 15th day of April, 1910.

  • Joseph Imoehl, head, age: 36, married 12 years, birthplace: Iowa, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Pennsylvania, Fathers birthplace Germany, Mothers birthplace: Pennsylvania, occupation: Farmer, industry: Own Farm, Mortgage free, can read and write.
  • Anna, wife, age: 35, married 12 years, number of children born: 3, number of children living: 2, birthplace: Nebraska, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Germany, can read and write.
  • Rose Imoehl, daughter, age: 8, birthplace: Nebraska, attending school
  • Mary Imoehl, daughter, age: 3, birthplace: Nebraska

1920 US Federal Census, Precinct 5, Cedar County, Nebraska, Supervisors district No. 3, Enumeration District No. 41, Sheet No. 13 A.

  • Joseph Imoehl, Own Farm, Free of mortgage, age: 46, can read and write, birthplace: Iowa, Fathers birthplace: Waldeck, Germany, Mothers birthplace: Pennsylvania, occupation: Farmers, Industry: General Farm
  • Anna Imoehl, wife, age: 44, married, can read and write, birthplace: Nebraska, Fathers birthplace: Westfalen, Germany, Mothers birthplace: Westfalen, Germany
  • Rose Imoehl, daughter, age: 18, single, can read and write, birthplace: Nebraska
  • Mary Imoehl, daughter, age: 13, single, can read and write, birthplace: Nebraska

1930 US Federal Census, Precinct 5, Cedar County, Nebraska, Enumeration District No 14-7, Supervisor’s District No. 2, Sheet No. 6-A, Enumerated on April 30, 1930.

  • Joseph Imoehl,head, Owns farm, has a radio, age: 57, married, age of first marriage: 24, can read and write, birthplace: Iowa, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Pennsylvania, occupation: Farmer, industry: Genera Farm, veteran?: No.
  • Anna Imoehl, wife, age: 55, married, age of first marriage: 22, can read and write, birthplace: Nebraska, Fathers birthplace: Germany, Mothers birthplace: Germany, occupation: none
  • Mary Imoehl, daughter, age: 23, single, can read and write, birthplace: Nebraska, can read and write, occupation: none

1940 US Federal Census, Precinct 5, Cedar County, Nebraska, S.D. No. 7, E. D. No. 14-7, Sheet No. 1 A, Enumerated on May 27, 1940.

  • Joe Imohel [Imoehl], Owns farm, valued at $3,000, head, age: 67, married, highest grade completed: 8, birthplace: Iowa, employed: no, unable to work
  • Annie Imohel [Imoehl], wife, age: 65, married, highest grade competed: 8, birthplace: Nebraska, employed: no, Home housework
  • Lawrence Pinkelman, son-in-law, age: 30, highest grade completed: 8, birthplace: Nebraska, employed: yes, hours worked week prior to census: 50, occupation: Farming, industry: farm, working on own account
  • Mary Pinkelman, daughter, age: 32, highest grade completed: 8, birthplace: Nebraska, employed: no, home housework.

Joseph and Anna (Reifenrath) Imoehl Children

  1. GEORGE IMOEHL son of Joseph William and Anna (Reifenrath) Imoehl, was born and died sometime between 1900 and 1910 (died in infancy).
  2. ROSE H. IMOEHL daughter of Joseph William and Anna (Reifenrath) Imoehl was born on 22 May 1901 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She died on 28 Aug 1999 at the age of 98 in Wynot, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She married FRITZ S PINKELMAN. He was born on 23 Dec 1901 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He died on 12 Mar 1995 at the age of 93 most likely in Cedar County, Nebraska. This is an ancestor I will follow.
  3. MARY CATHERINE IMOEHL daughter of Joseph William and Anna (Reifenrath) Imoehl, was born on 10 Sep 1906 in Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She died on 07 Jan 1987 at the age of 80 in Wynot, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. She married LAWRENCE ANTON PINKELMAN, son of Frank J. and Anna (Schroeder) Pinkelman, on 20 Feb 1936. He was born on 07 Aug 1909 in Saint James, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. He died on 10 Jan 2000 a the age of 90 in Wynot, Cedar County, Nebraska, USA. This is an ancestor I will follow.

Citations:

  1.  “Joseph and Anna Elizabeth (Reifenrath) Imoehl” SS. Philip and James Catholic Church History, P 72, retrieved from ancestry.com online and submitted by Jeanette Pinkelman (Accessed 24 Oct 2019).
  2. Joseph Imoehl Obituary “Funeral Rites Held for Cedar County Man” Sioux city Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 24 Sep 1943, Fri, Page 10. Retrieved from newspapers.com online at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/37547731/funeral_rites_held_for_cedar_county_man/ (Accessed 20 Oct 2019).
  3. Anna Elizabeth (Reifenrath) Imoehl Obituary “Imoehl Rites at St. James”, Cedar County News, August 9, 1951,
    retrieved from http://sites.rootsweb.com/~necedar2/obitimages/imoehlaer.jpg (Accessed 22 Oct 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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