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Marshall County Biographies


Among the old settlers of Marshall county the name of Henry Reb, one of the real pioneers of this county, who died in Vermillion township on March 24, 1874, is held in pleasant remembrance. He was one of the very earliest settlers in this county and did well his part in the work of developing that part of the county in which he settled. Henry Reb was born in Rheinish Bavaria, Germany, in 1830, and was trained as a blacksmith and wheelwright in his native Fatherland. There he lived until after he had attained his majority, when, in 1852, he came to this country and lived in the states of Michigan and Iowa for a few years, and in 1858 came to Kansas and settled in Marshall county. Upon coming here Mr. Reb bought a quarter of a section of land in section 30 of what later was organized as Vermillion township and there set up a smithy and wagon shop, the only industry of the kind for miles around, and his services were in immediate demand, soon having plenty of work. Some four or five years after his marriage in 1860 Mr. Reb abandoned his smithy and gave his whole attention to the development of his farm, on which he established his home and where he spent the rest of his life, leaving at the time of his death in 1874 an estate of two hundred acres of rich bottom land, now owned by his widow, who continues to make her home there. During the Civil War Henry Reb gave his services to his adopted country and rendered valuable service to Kansas as a member of the Home Guards. He was a member of the German Evangelical Association, as is his widow, and both took an active part in church and other good works hereabout in pioneer days.

On September 14, 1860, in this county, Henry Reb was united in marriage to Anna Regina Lodholz, who was born at Wurtemberg, Germany, November 10,1838, daughter of Joseph Frederick and Anna Mary Lodholz, natives of that country, the former of whom died in the Fatherland in 1843. Four vears later, in 1847, the elder son of the Lodholz family, Godfrey Lodholz, came to the United States and about five years later, in 1852, another son. George Lodholz, also came. Two years later, in 1854, the Widow Lodholz and her daughter, Anna Regina, and another son, Frederick, followed and settled at Terryville, Connecticut, where they remained until 1858, when they came to Kansas, accompanied by Godfrey Lodholz and his family and settled on a tract of land they pre-empted six miles north of Beattie, in this county. Upon coming to Kansas the Lodholz family proceeded by rail and steamer as far as Atchison, where George met them on horseback and there procured another horse and a wagon and thus hauled their household goods over here to their new home in Marshall county, he having preceded them the year before and selected the land on which they made their home. Two years after coming to this county, Anna Regina Lodholz married Henry Reb and has ever since made her home on the land he pre-empted upon coming here, one of the honored and respected pioneer residents of Marshall county.

To Henry and Anna Regina (Lodholz) Reb five sons and two daughters were born, namely: George Henry, who is at home farming the home place for his mother; Anna Mary, at home; John F., a Marshall county farmer, who married Lulu L. Jones and has two sons, James Henry and John Maynard, who are now attending high school at Blue Rapids; Frederick C., who died aged two years and nine months; William G., owner of a farm adjoining the old home place on the southwest, who married Susan J. Anderson and has one child, a son, Ralph William; Helena Christina, at home, and Louis C, owner of a farm adjoining the home place on the northwest, who married Pearl H. Smith, to which union one child has been born, a daughter, Christine Lenore. As noted above, Mrs. Reb is a member of the German Evangelical Association and her children, Henry, Mary, Helena, William and wife, Louis and wife, are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Barrett; John and his wife belong to the Christian church. Mrs. Reb has a pleasant home and has ever given her earnest attention to local good works. As one of the real pioneers of Marshall county, she is thoroughly familiar with the history of that section of the county in which she has lived ever since coming out here in the fifties and is a veritable mine of information on matters relating to the early settlement of the county.

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