FRIEDRICK REINEKE, a prosperous farmer who makes his home on section 31, Bird Township, was born in Brunswick, Germany, November 11, 1838. His father was Christoph Reineke, and his mother bore the maiden name of Anna D. Schroeder, both being natives of Brunswick, Germany. They emigrated to America in January, 1848, and landed in New Orleans. From there they came to St. Louis, where they resided for a short time and where the father's days were ended. The mother is still living at an advanced age, and is tenderly cherished by her children. She and her departed husband were the parents of six children, of whom our subject was the second. He was a young man when he came with his parents to this country, and until the death of his father he remained with them. He then came to Macoupin County, where he worked out by the month for farmers for about two years.
The subject of this sketch finally engaged in farming on his own account in Polk Township, this county, and after four years purchased one hundred and sixty-five acres in Bird Township, where he now resides, and where he has made his home from that day to this, with the exception of about a year and a half when he lived in Dubuque County, Iowa. He is one of the most energetic and industrious farmers in the township, and with German thrift and frugality he improved his farm and makes every acre pay for itself. He has erected a pleasant and commodious residence and excellent farm buildings. His farm of three hundred and thirty-five acres is a valuable and attractive piece of property.
The union of Mr. Reineke with Miss Mary A. Rafferty was solemnized in Polk Township, June 4, 1852. His bride is a daughter of James and Nancy (Booth) Rafferty. The parents were of Southern birth, Mr. Rafferty being born in Virginia, and his wife in Kentucky. They came from the latter State to Macoupin County in 1834, and spent the remainder of their days in Polk Township. Mrs. Reineke is the youngest in a large family of ten children. Davis County, Ky., is the place of her birth, and November 7, 1833, was her natal day. Her education and training in domestic duties were in Polk Township, where she resided until her marriage.
Nine children have blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reineke. They are named Lois and Lewis P., deceased; Edgar F.; Annie D., Mrs. Henry Jones; Nora M., and Walter O., deceased; Frederick W., Nancy M. and Adelaide. Edgar F. Married Amanda E. Walton; they have four children, namely, Bertha, Addie, Maggie and Palmer. Frederick W. has taken to wife Mary A. Dunn.
Mr. Reineke devotes his entire attention to stock-raising and agricultural pursuits. He is a public-spirited man, and takes a deep interest in all affairs of the community, the county and the State. His interest in educational matters has led him to accept a position on the School Board, where he is ever active and efficient. e is sincerely attached to the doctrines of the Democratic party, and earnestly advances its interests with his vote and his voice. Both he and his excellent and intelligent wife are devoted members of the Shiloh Baptist Church. His daughters occupy a leading position in the social life of Bird Township, and with their mother form a nucleus around which gathers many a delightful company.