Thomas E. Reisinger
REISINGER, SHANER, SIBERT, BROWN, MCGREGORY
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/13/2011 at 10:38:51
THOMAS E. REISINGER, who follows agricultural pursuits on section 23, Lincoln Township, Grundy County, claims Ohio as the state of his nativity. He comes of an old Pennsylvanian family, his grandparents, Peter and Barbara (Shaner) Reisinger, having been born in the Keystone State. The family is of German origin. The father of our subject, David Reisinger, was a native of Ohio, and in early life learned the blacksmith’s trade, although he was reared upon a farm. He married Miss Sarah F., daughter of Jacob and Betsy Sibert. She too was born in Ohio, but her parents were natives of Pennsylvania and were of German lineage. Mr. Reisinger made his home in the Buckeye State until 1866, when he emigrated with his family to Illinois, locating in Stephenson County. He rented a farm for a time, and then removed to Ogle County, where he purchased six hundred acres of land. During his earlier years he also worked at his trade. About 1876 he came to Iowa, purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, and took up his residence in Grundy Centre. His death occurred in 1877. In politics, he was first a Whig, and afterward a Republican. Religiously he held to the faith of the United Brethren Church. His wife yet survives him. They became the parents of eight children: Jacob (deceased), Peter, Samuel, Adam, Thomas, Elizabeth (deceased), Lewis, and Allie, who has also passed away.
No event of special importance occurred during the boyhood and youth of Thomas E. Reisinger, as his early days were quietly passed upon the old home farm. He attended the district schools of the neighborhood and acquired a good English education. He continued with his parents until twenty-five years of age, and on leaving home was united in marriage with Miss Cordelia Brown, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of Henry and Lavina (McGregory) Brown, who were natives of Kentucky. By their union were born four interesting children: Asa, who is now attending school in Grundy Centre; Frank, Henry and Arthur.
Mr. and Mrs. Reisinger began their domestic life on rented land, which he continued to operate for five years, when, with the capital that he had acquired through industry, economy and perseverance, he purchased his present farm, comprising two hundred and sixty-three acres of good land. He has always carried on agricultural pursuits, and by close attention to the details of his business and by well directed efforts he has worked his way upward until he is now numbered among the substantial citizens of the community. His success is certainly well merited. Both Mr. and Mrs. Reisinger are members of the United Brethren Church. In politics, he is a supporter of the Republican party, and has been honored with a number of local offices, the duties of which he has ever discharged in a prompt and faithful manner. The community recognizes in him a valued citizen, and the high esteem in which he is held has been gained by a well spent life.
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