REINBACH, N. Z., editor and Postmaster, Franklin, Ill., was born in that place October 1, 1858, the son of Harry and Sophia (Dessau) Reinbach, natives of Hamburg, Germany. As early as 1842 Mr. Reinbach had emigrated to America and engaged in mercantile pursuits in Morgan County, Ill. Seven years later he returned to his native land, married Miss Dessau, and returned tho his adopted country, where he became the father of twelve children, six of whom survive until the present time. Mr. Reinbach died on February 6, 1878, his wife surviving him until May 9, 1904.
N. Z. Reinbach attended the schools in Franklin, and as a youth assisted his father in the store with which the latter was connected. In 1895 he purchased the "Franklin Times," an independent newspaper with a large circulation throughout the county, and which under the new management has become a power in local affairs.
On January 1, 1882, Mr. Reinbach was united in marriage to Ida M., daughter of John Cox, a prominent farmer and early settler of Morgan County, and of this union five children have been born, viz.: Claire, wife of Albert Lukeman; Eulalie, wife of J. Lloyd Miller; Wanda; Gloria and Vivenne.
In the midsummer of 1898 Mr. Reinbach received the appointment of Postmaster of Franklin, and so satisfactorily has he filled this position that he still the incumbent of the office. For twelve years he was Justice of the Peace, having filled that position from 1893 until 1905, being elected three times, although the precincts were Democratic by 200 majority. In political matters he is an active Republican, who is proud to say he assisted in the nomination of ex-Governor Richard Yates, and who has frequently been a delegate to State and County conventions. For twenty-four years he has belonged to the I.O.O.F., also being connected with Ridgely Encampment, at Jacksonville, and Rebecca Lodge, No. 103. He has been a Mason for ten years, also being identified with the Star Chapter, of which he is a charter member; is one of the charger members of the M.W.A.; and belongs to the Maccabees, Loyal Americans and the Mutual Protective League. In religious matters Mr. Reinbach is a member of the Christian Church at Franklin.