Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Robert Reisdorph
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Robert Reisdorph, a well-known and well-to-do retired farmer of Springfield township, Cottonwood county, now living very comfortably situated at Windom, is a native son of Minnesota, born on a pioneer farm in LeSueur county, this state, July 19, 1865, son of Silas E. and Fannie (Galt) Reisdorph, who later became pioneers of this part of the state, spending their last days in Cottonwood county.

Silas E. Reisdorph was reared on a farm in New York state, where he married and later moved to McKean county, Pennsylvania, where he became a farmer, later moving to Michigan, in which state he lived until he came to Minnesota, in 1866. Upon coming to this state, Silas E. Reisdorph settled in LeSueur county, where he made his home for five or six years, at the end of which time he moved to Hennepin county, where, in Bloomington township, he bought a farm and there made his home until 1878, in which year he came to this part of the state and bought a quarter of a section of land in Cottonwood county, where he established his home and where he lived until his retirement from the farm in 1912 and removed to Windom, where he died the next year, in 1913. Silas E. Reisdorph had been twice married. His first wife, who was Betsy Hoag, died in the early sixties, leaving two children, John A. Reisdorph, a well-known farmer of Springfield township, Cottonwood county, and Carrie, who married W. D. Seeley. Silas Reisdorph's second wife, Fannie Galt, bore him seven children, of whom but two, Lloyd and the subject of this sketch, are residents of Cottonwood county.

Robert Reisdorph was about thirteen years of age when his parents came to this part of the state in 1878, settling in Cottonwood county, and here he has lived ever since. He remained on the home farm until he was twenty-six years of age, a valuable assistant to his father in the development of the same, and then he bought a quarter of a section of land in Springfield township and began farming for himself. [transcribed for Cottonwood C. AHGP] He was successful from the very beginning of his operations and as he prospered increased his holdings until he became the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres, which he still owns and on which he has expended about twenty-five hundred dollars in improvements. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Reisdorph gave considerable attention to the raising of live stock and did very well. In 1901 he retired from the active labors of the farm and moved to Windom, where he and his family are very pleasantly situated. It was on February 19, 1901, that Robert Reisdorph was united in marriage to Carrie Widman, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Haag) Widman, and to this union one child has been born, a son, Neil. Mr. and Mrs. Reisdorph are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Windom, in the general beneficences of which they for years have taken an active part, Mr. Reisdorph being a member of the official board of the church, and they also give proper attention to the general good works of the community. Mr. Reisdorph is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and in the affairs of that organization takes a warm interest.