On the roll of Sheboygan county's honored dead appears the name of Fred W. Reineking, whose life in many respects was an exemplary one and constitutes an example well worthy of emulation. He was born in Sheboygan county, September 3, 1853, a son of Fred and Charlotte Reineking, both of whom were natives of Lippe-Detmold, Germany. Hermann Reineking, the grandfather of our subject, brought to this country a colony of twenty-four families comprising one hundred and twelve persons, together with his own family of three sons and two daughters.
It was in the year 1847 that the grandfather crossed the Atlantic and took up his abode on a farm on section 20 in Sheboygan county, upon which the family of Fred W. Reineking is now living. The farm on which he took up his abode was in the midst of the wilderness. One by one the sons started out in life for themselves and Fred Reineking, the father, secured one hundred and sixty acres of land which he converted into rich and productive fields. He made farming his life work, his labors being ended in death in 1882. He had married Charlotte Luhmann, who long survived him, passing away in April, 1911. They were the parents of five children, namely: Herman, a medical practitioner of Milwaukee; George, deceased; Mary, who married William Wernecke, a farmer by occupation; and Lydia, the wife of Egbert Borgmann, of Milwaukee.
Fred W. Reineking, the other member of the family, pursued his education in the Mission House College and in the University of Wisconsin. He became a teacher in the country schools and for a number of years followed that profession. He then began farming on the old home place and was thus identified to the time of his demise. His life was a busy and useful one; proving beneficial not only to himself and family but to the community at large because of his support of and cooperation with many movements of value to the general good. In addition to his public affairs he was treasurer of the Herman Fire Insurance Company.
On the 20th of October, 1876, Mr. Reineking was united in marriage to Miss Mary Arpke, a daughter of C. F. Arpke. The father was born at Eichholz, in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, April 9, 1831, and was sixteen years of age when he came to the new world. He learned his trade in a Manitowoc sawmill and afterward started in business as the owner of a sawmill at Franklin in 1853. In 1856 he established a flour and grist mill in connection with Henry Dickhoff and became an active factor in industrial circles in this part of the state. In 1855 he had married Miss Sophia Uphoff, who was born in Germany and passed away on the 9th of June, 1894. Her father's death occurred on the 23rd of July, 1909. Mr. Arpke was subsequently married again and is survived by his second wife. He was one of the directors and stockholders of the State Bank of Sheboygan and was a representative citizen and well known business man of this community.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Reineking were born nine children, as follows: Lawrence, who passed away at the age of twenty-three years; Calvin F., who is married and has three children and who is now employed by Stoelting Brothers, of Kiel; Richard F., associated with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company at Chicago, who is married and has one child; Delia Mary, who married Henry Boedecker, engaged in farming; Roland F. M., who is married and is a farmer by occupation, residing on the Howard Grove road; Esther Mary, a school teacher of Sheboygan; and Elsa Mary, Frederick George and Mary Charlotte, all yet at home.
Mr. Reineking filled the office of justice of the peace and his decisions were strictly fair and impartial. He held membership in the Reformed church and his life was ever in harmony with its principles. In later years his health failed him and he passed away February 24, 1904, at the age of fifty and one-half years. In every relation in which he had been placed he held to high standards of conduct and sought to embody lofty principles in his life. Sterling traits of character won him high regard and he was most highly esteemed where best known.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL