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Isaac Gilruth Rhine
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1850
Blackford County
Indiana, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1898
Lincoln County
Oklahoma, USA

Born in Blackford County Indiana on July 18, 1850, he was married at Falls City, Nebraska on Aug. 1 5 or 18, 1870, to Mary Martin (1853-1930), born at Holt, Mo., on Aug. 24, 1850, and the daughter of Isaac and Mary (Irwin) Martin. She was the younger sister of Joseph Wesley Martin, the first husband of Isaac Rhine's aunt, Sarah Margaret (Rhine) Martin Eastman.

After their marriage, the Rhines moved to Kansas and in 1880 they came to Falls City, Ri chardson County, Neb., where they were enumerated in 1880. He and his brother, James W. Rhine, both homesteaded in Dorchester Township, Saline County, Nebraska. They probably lived there before moving into Falls City.

Rhine later went to the Oklahoma Territory, where he was a cattleman, U.S. marshal, druggist and the Wellston postmaster. He was fatally shot at his Wellston home on Feb. 2, 1898 . The Hartford City (Ind.) Telegram (Feb. 16, 1898) carries a complete account of the circum stances of his death. Text of the story:



Killed Because His Town, Through
His Influence, Got the Railroad
Another Town Wanted

Word has been received here of the murder of Isaac G. Rhine, who was a nephew of Charles A. Rhine and James J. Maddox, at Wellston, Okla.

Mr. Rhine was the postmaster and a prominent politician of Wellston. Across the river and about a mile from Wellston is the town of Ingalls, Between the two towns, an intense rivalry always existed. When the first railroad was being built through that section of Oklahoma , it was a question of whether it would go by way of Wellston or by way of Ingalls. Through Mr. Rhine's influence, both the [railroad] depot and the postoffice were located at Wellston.

Ingalls was left out in the cold and its citizens swore vengeance against Rhine. As Wellston prospered and Ingalls decayed, the hatred of Ingalls' people became more bitter and it finally culminated in murder.

As is often the case in small western towns, Rhine ran a drug store in connection with the post office. His family occupied rooms on the second floor above the building.

At 2 o'clock one morning last week, a man came to the store and , knocking on the door , aroused Mr. Rhine's daughter, Miss Rhine went to the window and asked [the man] what he w anted. The man below said his wife was sick and he wanted some medicine.

Miss Rhine then called her father, who went downstairs. He went to the front door and , just as he was unlocking it, the man fired both barrels of a shotgun through the glass. The shot struck Mr. Rhine below the ribs and he fell to the floor dead.

A citizen of Ingalls named Taylor who had threatened Rhine is known to have committed the murder and there are hopes of capturing him.

Please add this note about the newspaper article, which could otherwise mislead visitors.

The Hartford Newspaper is confused about its geography or spelling. Ingalls is nowhere near Wellston. The town referred to is Ingram. Deserted by the turn of the century, it it was located exactly where the newspaper states. Railroad rivalry was the probable cause and could well explain Isaac Rhine's murder.

Or you could simply amend the newspaper article. No one would notice.

Many thanks--

Born in Lincoln Co. OK

Isaac G. Rhine was born in Blackford County, but for many years was a resident of Falls City, Nebraska, where he married and later was buried. In 1881, the Rhines moved "by covered w agon" from Fall City to Oxford, Sumner County, Kanas. From Sumner County, Rhine moved to the Indian Territory and finally to Oklahoma.

Mary (Martin) Rhine died in Cowley County, Kanas on Jan. 1, 1930, where she apparentl y went to live with her daughter, Mabel Eastman. She is buried at Burden Cemetery,Burden, Cowley County, Kanas, probably with Isaac Rhine.
Family links: 
  Martin Rhine (1828 - 1876)
  Sarah P. Rhine (1830 - 1909)
  Nettie E. Rhine Todd (1871 - 1907)*
  Mable Rhine Eastman (1880 - 1963)*
  Isaac Gilruth Rhine (1850 - 1898)
  Isaac G. Rhine (1850 - 1898)*
  George Washington Rhine (1853 - 1932)*
  James Lincoln Rhine (1861 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Burden Cemetery
Cowley County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Chris Martin
Record added: Oct 14, 2008
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Isaac Gilruth Rhine
Added by: Linda Carpenter Shindler
Isaac Gilruth Rhine
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