2013-12-04

The Reinert family photos


Through several years of researching the Reinert family, I've added several scanned photos to my library. It's time to share them for the holidays. And also to request family information on dating the photos and identifying the subjects.

If you have the original photo and the subjects are identified or the photographer's studio is named, please leave a comment or email me privately. I've given each photo a unique name to help in writing about them. I plan to add to this post frequently, to incorporate comments and add more photos. So check back often.

First posting 2013.12.03. Updated 2013.12.05, 2014.06.01 (Sr. Anne M. Reinert's information).

"Three young women"

Estimated 1899-1905, location unknown (perhaps Germany). This photo was provided by Patricia Thummel, who identified the subjects as Barbara Mertake, Kätherlina Reinert, and Mary Catherine Reinert. Two colleagues and I estimated their ages as 22, 12, and 17 for Barbara; 24, 32, and 22 for Kätherlina; and 18, 13, and 19 for Mary Catherine.

My data does not include the Mertake family, nor a Reinert woman with the nickname Kätherline.

A known Mary Catherine Reinert was born 21 Jan 1886, the daughter of Peter Reinert and Catherine Schwinden-Reinert. She married Thomas Thummel on 30 August 1905 in St. Boniface church of Tipton, relocated from the Tipton area to Seguin KS in 1906, and died 1 January 1955. No visits to Germany are known.
  • Questions:

    • Who is Barbara Mertake?
    • Who is Kätherline (Ketterlina) Reinert?
    • Where was this photo taken?
    • Does the original photo provide the photographer or studio name?

"Two young women, flower sprigs"

Estimated 1880-1902, location unknown (Trier, Germany noted). This photo was provided by Patricia Thummel, who identified the subjects as Mary Reinert with a relative. Two colleagues and I estimated their ages as 20, 42, and 32 for Mary and 16, 15, 15 for the relative.

Mary Reinert-Gillen was born 27 January 1860, emigrated from Germany 9 February 1867, settled in Caledonia MN 1867-1872, resettled to Tipton KS area Autumn 1872, married 24 April 1887, and died 26 July 1939.

No visits to Germany are known.
  • Questions:

    • Do the flower sprigs in their left hands signify some event?
    • Who is the relative?
    • Does the relative's pose, holding to Mary's arm, indicate a weakness or need for support?
    • Does the original photo provide more text at the bottom than “Photogr TRIER”?

"Two young women, empty chair"

Estimated 1875-1883, location uncertain (Germany asserted). The photo was provided by Patricia Thummel, who identified the subjects as Mary Reinert and Gertrude Reinert. Two colleagues and I estimated their ages as 16,15, and 17 for Mary; 15, 16, and 19 for Gertrude.

Mary Reinert-Gillen was born 27 January 1860, emigrated from Germany 9 February 1867, settled in Caledonia MN 1867-1872, resettled to Tipton KS area Autumn 1872, married 24 April 1887, and died 26 July 1939.

Gertrude Reinert-Schandler was born 9 December 1864, emigrated from Germany 9 February 1867, settled in Caledonia MN 1867-1872, resettled to Tipton KS area Autumn 1872, married 26 January 1887, and died 24 September 1913.
  • Questions:

    • Does the empty chair signify some fact?
    • Do the braids indicate some aspect, perhaps unmarried and not engaged?
    • Does the original photo provide the photographer or studio name?
    • Do clothing styles indicate some facts?

"Family outside typical German home"

Estimated 1875-1895, location very likely Germany (Igel, Trier asserted). The photo was provided by Patricia Thummel, who identified the subjects as the Reinert home at Igel zu Trier. The building is typical to homes in small towns of western-central Germany, with an attached barn. The subjects are likely a single family, including five adults (or nearly-grown children) and five children. 

The adults are, left-to-right, female about age 32, male about age 30, female about age 26, female about age 45, and male about age 42.
The children are female about age 6, female about age 15 months, female about age 3, male about age 14, and male about age 6.

It seems unlikely the photo is only of the John Reinert family. When they emigrated in 1867, their ages were 45 (John), 42 (Katherine), 19 (Susanna), 16 (Nicolaus), almost 14 (Peter), 7 (Maria), and 26 months (Gertrude).

John's parents had died by 1867, and it's unclear who still lived in Wasserbillig, Luxembourg (John's home town). Katherine's parents had also died by 1867, and three of her siblings had already emigrated to America. Her brother Peter was then living in Igel, married and with five children by 1867. I believe her brother Matthias was also living then in Igel, and unmarried.


"Two girls, first communion"

Estimated 1906-1907. Photo provided by Patricia Thummel, who identified the subject in the right as Margaret Reinert (married name Neff) at Cawker City, Kansas. The girl on the left is unknown.

Left subject unknown, estimated age 11 years.

Right subject Margaret Reinert-Neff, estimated age 8 years. Margaret was the tenth child of Peter Reinert and Catherine Schwinden-Reinert (the eighth to survive past infancy). She was born 26 August 1898, married Florentz Neff on 25 August 1925, and died on 4 December 1967.
  • Questions:

    • Are both girls celebrating the first communion? If yes, why do they have different signifiers of the event (on the left, a white veil with floral wreath, prayer book, and rosary; on the right, a lit candle with handkerchief, no veil)?
    • Is the older girl a sister, perhaps Gertrude (born 1896) or Anna Catherine (born 1894)?
    • Does the original photo provide the photographer or studio name?

"Six brothers"

Estimated date 1911-1915, a formal studio photo of the sons of Peter Reinert and Catherine Schwinden-Reinert. I have two scans of the same photo, the top from Patricia Thummel, the bottom from Sr. Anne Martin Reinert. The subjects are identified by Sr. Anne:

Back row, left to right
  • Henry (Henry Nicholas Reinert, 1892-1970). Henry was the 7th child (5th to survive infancy). He married Anna Arendt on 8 September 1920 in UNKNOWN LOCATION, and had 7 children. Age estimates of 24, 17, and 22.
  • Ted (Theodore Mathias Reinert, 1901-1987). Ted was the 12th child (9th to survive infancy). He married Anna Geerdes on 24 April 1929 in Seguin KS, and had 9 children. Age estimates of 14, 15, and 16.
  • Will (William Joseph Reinert, 1883-1982). Will was the 3rd child (first to survive infancy). He married Barbara Deges on 16 April 1912 in UNKNOWN LOCATION, and had 8 children. Age estimates of 21, 22, and 54.

Front row, left to right
  • Gervase (Gervase Thomas Reinert, 1906-1981). Gervase was the 14th and youngest child (11th to survive infancy). He married Ruth Smith on 1 October 1938 in Omaha NE, and had one child. His adult nickname was "Doc." Age estimates of 11, 11, and 12.
  • Carl (Carl Mathias Reinert, 1889-1965). Carl was the 6th child (4th to survive infancy). He married Bertha Holdforth on 6 May 1914 in UNKNOWN LOCATION, and had 8 children. Age estimates of 28, 19, and 33.
  • Alex (Alex Gregory Reinert, 1904-1939). Alex was the 13th child (10th to survive infancy), and he would die at age 35, unmarried. Age estimates of 8, 7, and 9.
  • Questions:

    • Were all the brothers together to celebrate some specific event?
    • Are any other nicknames used?
    • Can any locations for marriages be corrected?


"Grandmother, daughter, son, and grandson"

Estimated date: perhaps 1939. The photo comes from Patricia Thummel, who identifies the subjects.

  • Gertrude Hubertine Reinert (1896-1991) at screen door.
  • Grandma Catherine Schwinden-Reinert (1860-1940). Her husband Peter had died in 1934.
  • Gerald Reinert (1932-1982). He married Joan Sullivan on 8 June 1955 in UNKNOWN LOCATION, and had 5 children.
  • Carl Reinert (1889-1965). He married Bertha Holdforth on 6 May 1914 in UNKNOWN LOCATION, and had 8 children. 
Sr. Anne M. Reinert commented, "I think Carl and Gerald came for Uncle Shorty's (Alex Gregory Reinert, 1904-1939) funeral. The house is the one grandpa Peter and sons built when they moved to Seguin. (The lumber to build the house was shipped by rail from the St. Louis fair.) I have forgotten the spelling of Shorty's name."
  • Questions:

    • Where are Carl's other seven children?
    • Who likely took the photo?


"Five members of the older generation"

Estimated date: TBD. Patricia Thummel provided the photo, and she identified the subjects.

  • Peter Reinert
  • Catherine Schwinden-Reinert
  • Unknown, perhaps Maria Simeon-Reinert
  • Unknown, perhaps Nicholas Reinert or Steven Schandler
  • Perhaps Mary Reinert-Schandler

"Wedding party, bride and groom seated"

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"Farm family of parents and seven children"

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"Group at the veranda"

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"Gervase and Alex"

April 1909, the two youngest boys of Peter Reinert's family.

Gervase Thomas (left) was born and Alex


















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"Gervase and Ruth Reinert"

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"Wedding of Ted and Anna Reinert"

At the wedding of Ted Reinert and Anna Geerdes (front), the witnesses were John Geerdes and Gertrude Reinert (back). The wedding occurred on 24 April 1929 at St. Martin Catholic church, Seguin, Sheridan county, Kansas.















"Communion of Ted and Margaret Reinert"

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"Wedding of Unknown Bride with Glasses"

Formal wedding portrait of Tony Feldt (Anton George, 1890-1973) and Anna Reinert (Anna Catherne, 1894-1966). The witnesses were Tony's brother Henry Feldt (dates estimated 1885-1975) and Anna's sister Gertrude (Gertrude Hubertine Reinert, 1896-1991). The wedding occurred 27 May 1919 in Seguin, Sheridan county, Kansas.














"Margaret Reinert-Neff with Bouquet"

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"Couple with Nine Children"

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"Couple with Seven Children"

Formal portrait of the Mathias and Elizabeth Schuetz family, 31 July 1940. Back row, from left: Isabelle (Isabelle Catherine Schuetz-Peltier, 1917-2000?), Henrietta (Henrietta Margaret Schuetz-LaBarge, 1918-2000?), Bernard (Bernard Nicholas Schuetz, 1925-2011?), Raymond (Raymond William, 1919-2000?), Pauline (Pauline Helen Schuetz-Perkins, b. 1921), Asella (Asella Marie Schuetz-Lindstrom, b. 1922).
Foreground: Mathias Schuetz (1883-1968), Josephine (Josephine Ann Schuetz-Goscha, b. 1927), and Elizabeth (Elizabeth Susanna Reinert-Schuetz, 1887-1981). One child died in infancy (Robert Mathias Schuetz, 1931-1931).

"Couple with Six Children"

Formal portrait of the Henry Reinert family, 1945.
Rear, left to right: Vincent (Vincent Leo, 1929-1997), Sr. Dorothy Ann (Esther, 1921-1995), Francis (Frank Robert, 1926-1996), and Eldean (Eldean Marie Reinert-Cahoj, b. 1932).
Front: Toots (Virginia Elizabeth Reinert-McMahon, b. 1934), Aunt Anna (Anna Catherine Arendt, 1896-1945), Uncle Henry (Henry Nicholas, 1892-1970), and Bob (Henry Robert, b. 1936).
Pete (Peter Aloysius, 1923-1972) was in the service, but the family could not wait to take a family picture till he came home, because Aunt Annie was dying of polycystic kidney disease. The plan was to insert Pete when he returned home.

"Peter Reinert Family"

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"Peter and Catherine Reinert with Family on Fiftieth Anniversary"

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"Full Peter Reinert Family at their 50th Anniversary"


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"Photo 111"

Margaret Reinert-Engelbert (1922-1997), married to William H. Engelbert. She was the primary compiler of The Reinert and Simeon Family.

 "Photo 112"

Sr. Anne Martin Reinert (Irene Katherine Reinert, b. 1931) informal portrait about 1997.


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