HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Biographical Appendix

  

AUGUST RIEKE

August Rieke, merchant, was born in Germany September 26, 1846, and is a son of Andreas and Louise Rieke, born Lange, both natives of Germany.  The father was born October 16, 1815, a farmer by occupation, and this he followed all his life in the old country.  He died on October 1, 1887.  He was the father of six children: Johanna, August, William, Louisa, Ernst and Hermine.  August Rieke was reared on a farm in the old country, and was in the Prussian War 1870-71, being in some of the principal battles.  He served two years in the regular service and one in the war.  He was given a metal in 1871 for bravery displayed on the battlefield, and has the medal at the present time.  He was also given a ribbon of Frederick William IV by his regiment, for bravery displayed in service, and was complimented on all sides for his gallantry in service.  In 1874 he took passage at Bremen  and sailed to New York, where he landed.  From there he went to Ironton, where he has since resided most of his time and worked as a laborer for two years.  In 1877 he married Miss Dora Nieder, a native of Missouri.  To them were born five children, of whom Matilda, Otto and Herman are living.  In 1879 Mr. Rieke engaged in the saloon business, and has continued this ever since, operating the mercantile business in connection with it.  He has been very successful in business, and is a good and prominent citizen.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F., having passed the chairs in that organization.  He is also a member of the encampment.