COL. JOHN RHEINLANDER, secretary and
treasurer of the People's Savings Bank, has
achieved an honorable record as citizen and
April 26, 1828, and the city of
Heilegenstadt, Germany, were the date and
place of his birth. His parents, Godfried
Rheinlander and wife, emigrated from Germany
to this country in 1844. A year later
they reached Evansville, having sojourned
for a time at Cincinnati, Ohio. They were
respectable people, with the simple ways
and industrious habits of the pioneers of this
The early training of Col. Rheinlander
was obtained in schools of his native
country. Soon after reaching this city and
at the very commencement of his young
manhood he enlisted in the volunteer armies
of the United States to assist in the campaign
against Mexico. Going to the front he rendered
When the Civil War broke out he raised a Company
- B of the Twenty-Fifth Indiana Infantry - and at its
organization was commissioned Captain.
Nine months later his valiant and faithful
service won him the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel,
which he held until mustered out in
the fall of 1864. In the battle of Hatchie
River, Tenn., he received a gun shot wound
through the right thigh and for a time was
seriously disabled. His army record is lustrous
with heroism and patriotism.
As a business man he has been enterprising
and industrious. He began as a cigar
manufacturer and for many years continued
in that business successfully. His industry
and good management constantly increased
his business, and his integrity was always
manifest in his dealings with his customers
He has served the public
in many important relations, notably as
County Commissioner and County Treasurer.
In 1873 he was made a trustee and director
in the savings bank, which important trust
he continues to execute. In 1888 he was
called to preside as chief executive of the
He is a member of the F. & A.M.
and A.O.U.W. fraternities. Intelligent,
manly and modest, he has attained an enviable
position in every relation of life.
He has been married three times. In 1849 Miss
Maria Darling became his wife. Four
children, Eva, Alice, Florence, and John W.
were born of this union. The death of this
wife occurred in 1862, and three years later
the Colonel was married in Cincinnati, Ohio.
to Miss Margaret Barg, to whom one child.
Alexander, was born. She died in 1872.
and a few years afterward he married Miss
Christine Hedderich, to whom two children
have been born.