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August Theodore Reich 1857-1922


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/29/2010 at 23:11:20

August Reich Dies at Fargo, N.D., Saturday
The many old time friends of August Reich, formerly a citizen of this county, will be grieved to hear of his death which occurred on Saturday at Fargo, N.D. Mr. Reich had an operation on Wednesday for ulcers of the stomach and seemed to be recovering but peritonitis set in which caused his death.

The body was brought to this city Monday and burial made on Tuesday afternoon, services being held from the German Lutheran church and interment made in Oak Hill cemetery.

A complete obituary will be given next week. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 27, 1922)

August Reich Dies In North Dakota
Former Resident of This Community – Funeral Held Tuesday in This City

News reached here Saturday evening of the sudden death of August Reich at Casselton, N. Dak., a former resident of Estherville. He had been operated on for ulcers of the stomach and it was thought he was improving when sudden death occurred.

Five years ago the Reich family moved to North Dakota after a residence in this county of more than twenty-five years. They resided on a farm in Twelve Mile Lake township and at Wallingford and for some time a resident of Estherville, having built a fine house on North Sixth street which the family occupied.

Deceased was an industrious and had working man and liked by his neighbors and friends. He had raised a large family of children and their love for their father was truly attested by the presence of every one of them at the funeral yesterday afternoon. The remains were brought here from Casselton, arriving Monday afternoon over the M.&St.L. and the funeral held in the Lutheran church at 2:30 yesterday, Rev. J. E. Andreae preaching the funeral sermon.

Mr. Reich was sixty-five years of age at the time of his death. Besides the wife there are six children left to mourn his untimely taking away. They are Mrs. Geo. Kline and Mrs. J. P. Apple, Casselton, N. Dak.; Elsie, Amelia and Ernest, also of Casselton, and William Reich of this city. The remains were interred in Oak Hill Cemetery. The many friends of the Reich family in Estherville extend their sincere sympathy in their hours of profound sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, September 27, 1922)

Mr. August Theodore Reich, was born in West Prussia, Germany, on the 15th day of July, 1857. After the death of his father he and his mother and two brothers and his fiancé came to America in the year 1887, making their home in Oak Park, Ill., in the immediate vicinity of Chicago. Here he lost his kind and loving mother. In the year 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Matthews, whom he leaves to mourn, having been his faithful and devoted spouse for 32 years. This union God blessed with seven children, four girls and three boys, six of whom are left to mourn the death of their kind and devoted father, his second son, Albin, having gone on before. From Oak Park, Ill., they moved to Emmet county, Iowa, settling on a farm he had purchased about four miles southwest of the village of Wallingford. In 1915 he retired and moved to Estherville, Iowa. After four years of residence here he again took up farming, moving to Casselton, N.D.

In early childhood he united with the Lutheran church which faith he remained faithful to unto the end. Mr. Reich always was a robust and healthy man until about three years ago when he began to ail. During the month of July of the present year he returned to Estherville to pay his many friends and his son William, a visit. On his return to Casselton, N.D., he complained of feeling ill. His condition becoming such that he was compelled to take to his bed two weeks before his end. The attending physician after a thorough examination diagnosed his case as a sever case of ulcers of the stomach. An operation was immediately decided upon. He was rushed to the St. John’s hospital at Fargo, N.D., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and operated on the same day. He stood the ordeal well, his condition the first two days after the operation being very favorable. On the third day, however, on Sept. 23, his condition suddenly became worse so that his life was despaired of. His wife and children were summoned but before they could reach his bedside death had summoned him. He departed this life at 7 o’clock a.m., Sept. 23, at the age of 65 years, two months and eight days.

His remains after a short service at Fargo, N.D. were shipped to Estherville, Iowa, accompanied by his sorrowing wife and children and his sons-in-law J. P. Apple and George Klein of Casselton, N.D. The funeral service taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from the German Lutheran church. The Rev. J. E. Andreae officiating at the house and at the cemetery while his former pastor, the Rev. W. C. Fleischer of Dunnell, Minn., officiated at the church.

Interment was made beside the grave of his son Albin in Oak Hill cemetery.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Clara, his four daughters, Mrs. Geo. Klein, Mrs. J. P. Apple, Emelia and Elsie and his son, Ernest, all from Casselton, N.D., and his son William of Estherville, Iowa, two brothers in Illinois, one grandchild, a sister-in-law Mrs. Claus Dewall of Graettinger, two sons in law and one daughter in law.

May God the Father who has created his body;
May God the Son who by His blood has redeemed the body together with the soul;
May God the Holy Ghost who by baptism has sanctified his body to be His temple
Keep his remains unto the day of the resurrection of all flesh.

Mr. Reich’s two brothers, Ernest and William, and brother-in-law Reinholdt Matthews of Oak Park, Ill., were present at the funeral. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, October 4, 1922)


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