Obit: Rein, Emma (1871 - 1931)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 1 Oct 1931

Rein, Emma (18 Sept. 1871 - 29 Sept. 1931)

Mrs. Henry Rein, nee Emma Olson, perhaps the best known and best loved woman in the Cherokee, Wisconsin community, passed away at the family home at eight o’clock Tuesday evening, September 29, following an illness of many months. Funeral arrangements have been made for Friday afternoon at one o’clock at the Methodist church in Colby, Rev. F. M. Blish officiating. Internment will follow in the Colby cemetery.

Mrs. Rein was born in Norway on Sept. 18, 1871, thus reaching the age of sixty years and eleven days. In 1885, at the age of fourteen, she came to this country with her parents, coming to Wisconsin where the family settled near Iola. She was married to Henry Rein at Star Lake on September 18, 1897. Shortly after marrying she and her husband moved to Arbor Vitae in Vilas county, where they lived for a number of years. Two sons, Dean and Morris, were born in Arbor Vitae. In 1910 the family moved to Wausau, and after a few years of residence there, moved to a farm in the town of Frankfort. The following year, the Rein’s acquired the property known as Cherokee - a general store, saloon and community center.

She is survived by her husband, two sons, Dean and Morris Rein, both at home, and one grandchild, Dean, Jr. She also leaves five sisters - Mrs. Pete Peterson, White Lake; Mrs. Oscar Peterson, Minneapolis; Mrs. C. O. Selmer, Cornell; Mrs. Hans Osness, Merrill; and Miss Tone Olson, Cornell; and one brother, Ole Olson of Merrill.

Living as she did at the central meeting place of an active community she was known by everyone. Whether it was winter or summer, warm weather or cold, she held open house for folks coming to the store. Nothing kept her too busy to spare time for a chat with the customers and refreshments - hot in winter and cool in summer, were always offered her visitors. Although she never held any offices in clubs of the community the advancement of the community was always of interest to her and resulted in the giving of the tract of land along the Big Eau Pleine River to the county, which is now known as the Cherokee Park and was given to the county by her and her family.

This was just one of the things she has helped to do to give the community a lasting memorial to a life of service.

----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/08/1931

Practically the entire Cherokee community turned out for the funeral services held Friday afternoon for the late Mrs. Henry Rein, who passed away last week Tuesday evening following a long illness. Rev. F. M. Blish officiated at the brief service at the family home and at the Colby Methodist church. Burial followed in the Colby cemetery. Mrs. Burton Hanson, Miss Hattie Fehlman, Harry Bender, and C. A. Nelson furnished special music and singing during the services at the church. Eighteen years of residence in the center of the Cherokee community gave her an opportunity to make a host of friends and the beautiful floral offerings were evidence that she was held in high esteem. The Misses Helen Behrens, Elva Olson, Edith Olson, Anna Huber, Hazel Fricke and Dorothy Graumann were the flower girls; William Graumann, O. H. Heintz, Irvin Eggebrecht, Fred Olson, Carl Reyer and Herman Behrens were the pallbearers.

Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peterson, their daughter, Gladys, and son, Harry, of White Lake; Mrs. Tone Olson, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Selmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Olgar Selmer of Cornell; Mrs. C. O. Peterson of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Osness and son, Harry Osness, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Osness, Ole Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schmidt and son, and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Buntrock of Merrill; Oscar Osness of Antigo; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rein of Schofield and their son, Arthur Rein of Wausau; Mrs. Ivan Larson and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kramer, and Mrs. Julius Kramer, Fred Schroeder and his sister, Mrs. Martha Falkner of Wausau; Mrs. Minnie Fricke and son, Paul, of Green Grove; Mrs. Bert Warner, Mrs. Herb. Warner and daughter, Evelyn, and Mr. George Lidell of Plum Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Demand and daughter Janet, of Abbotsford; and Mr. and Mrs. John Seibel of Unity; Mr. and Mrs. George Oldenburg of Medford; Miss Esther Fricke of Wausau, and Mrs. Emmett Colvin of Stratford.



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