Obit: Reil, Joseph (1854 - 1932)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 14 Jul 1932

Reil, Joseph (7 Feb. 1854 - 12 July 1932)

Joseph Reil, one of the early pioneers of this section, died suddenly while helping his son, John, make hay on his farm, Tuesday morning, heart trouble being the cause of his departure to the distant shore. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, July 15th, at 2:00 P.M. at the St. John’s Ev. church, Rev. G. F. Hahn officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery. At the time of his death, Mr. Reil was mowing hay with a mower on the farm.

The deceased was born in Steinburg, Germany, Feb. 7th, 1854, thus reaching the age of seventy-eight years, five months and five days. He came to the United States in 1874 and to his farm west of Colby in 1876. He was married in 1882 in Milwaukee to Miss Minnie Ott which union was blessed with six children but three daughters preceded him in death. About nine years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Reil moved to the city of Colby and left the active management of their farm to their son, John. The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, one brother, one sister and three grand children. The children are John Reil of Colby, George Reil of Abbotsford and Mrs. P. W. Justman of Milwaukee. His brother, Mike Reil, lives in East Chicago, Ind., and his sister, Theresa G. Fielding lives in Newald, Wis.

The deceased was numbered among the early pioneers who helped build up this country. He chopped down the first and last tree on the farm now occupied by his son, John, for, when he came here, this country was practically all woods. Mr. and Mrs. Reil suffered the hardships and privations of the early pioneers, but, by hard work and privations, built a splendid farm. Mr. Reil was a man with a pleasant disposition and was of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneers. His life work, as all our pioneers, was done, and well done but now he is gone and another name must be stricken from the ever lessening roll of our early settlers who built up this country.



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