Charles Reische is well known throughout the county of Sheboygan and for the past eight years has been engaged in the general blacksmithing business in Sheboygan, where he now resides. He was born in Sheboygan, October 15, 1855, and is the son of Frederick and Dora (Kramer) Reische, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father was born in Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Germany, and with his wife and one child emigrated to America in 1854, settling on a farm in Sheboygan township, which later was taken within the corporate limits of the city of Sheboygan. He continued to live upon that place engaged in general farming until his death, which occurred on September 7, 1897, at the age of seventy-seven years. He was united in marriage to Miss Dora Kramer, who was born in the same principality in Germany as was her husband, and was the only member of her father's family to come to America. She passed out of this life on April 21, 1907, at the age of eighty-four.
Charles Reische was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the public schools of Sheboygan, also attending the German parochial school, and was confirmed at the age of thirteen years. At fifteen years of age he engaged as an apprenticed blacksmith and after acquiring a complete knowledge of that trade he continued in its pursuit for a livelihood. As a master blacksmith he worked for three years at Plymouth and later at Green Bay for four years, after which time he removed to the village of Millersville, in Herman township, where he established a shop of his own, which he continued to operate for twenty-two successive years. He later sold that property and removed to Sheboygan, where he has lived for the past eight years.
In 1908 he built a beautiful modern residence on Calumet avenue, in which he now resides. In Sheboygan on May 21, 1877, Mr. Reische was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Knoedler, the daughter of Jacob and Ave Marie (Riedel) Knoedler, both natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. In 1853 the father and the mother, although they were not married then, emigrated to the United States and both settled in Philadelphia, where Jacob Knoedler engaged as a butcher. In the Quaker city they were married in 1855, and in 1856 there was born to them their daughter Caroline, who is now the wife of Charles Reische. In 1858, looking toward the larger opportunities which the middle west held out, they decided to remove to Sheboygan, where the father opened a meat market, which he conducted for many years. Jacob Knoedler died in 1897, at the age of seventy-four years, but the mother of Mrs. Reische is living at the advanced age of eighty-two years and is hale and hearty mentally and bodily, and now makes her home with her daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reische have five children: Emma, the wife of Rudolph Zwalina, of Milwaukee; Frank, who is engaged in farming in Wilson township; Lydia, the wife of Dr. R. C. Buelow, of Milwaukee; Clara, the wife of Arthur Raffenstein, of Milwaukee; and Lulu, the wife of Herman Pantel, also residing in Milwaukee. Mr. Reische is one of the highly respected citizens of Sheboygan and is universally respected for his integrity and uprightness of character.
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