|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1865|
|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1937|
History of Tulare County, California
Vol. II, 1926
By Kathleen Edwards Small
The office of biography is not to give voice to a man's estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to leave upon the record the verdict establishing his character by the consensus of opinion on the part of his neighbors and fellow citizens. The life of G.T. Reinhard has been one of service, for in two distinct and important lines of effort he has been eminently successful in contributing to the pleasure and desires of the public.
G.T. Reinhard is a native of the Keystone state, born in Bath, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1865. He received his elemental education in the public schools, and then, having shown marked talent in music, he became a student in the Bethlehem Musical Seminary, at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For three years he studied pipe organ under Prof. J.F. Wolle, and became an expert player on this instument, with which he had been familiar from the age of thirteen years. For many years therafter he was pipe organist in eastern cities and since coming to California, his active service embracing a period of over thirty-five years. For five years he was organist at the Methodist Episcopal church in Hanford and is now organist for the Masonic lodge and commandery and for the Kiwanis Club. With a profound knowledge of music and a technical mastery of his instrument, he is thoroughly competent and his fine work has given pleasure to thousands who have heard him.
Mr. Reinhard was practically reared to the life of a marble worker. His father owned and operated a granite and marble works in Easton, Bath, Pennsylvania, and his eight sons worked with him, all learning the trade and becoming skilled workmen. These sons have all been successful in life, one becoming a banker, another a government official, another an official of the United States Steel Corporation, and all standing high in their respective communities. G.T. Reinhard remained at home and eventually became his father's partner in business. Later he went to Wesley, Rhode Island, where he was a runner for the Smith Granite Company, a large company employing four hundred men. Subsequently he became a traveling salesman, with headquarters in Philadelphia, for Tainter & Company, memorial art dealers in New York city, one of the most important concerns of its kind in the United States, employing fifteen traveling salesmen. He sold direct to people of wealth and prominence in eastern Pennsylvania and was very successful, leading the entire force of salesmen in the volume of his business. In 1909 Mr. Reinhard came to California on a six weeks trip and was so delighted with the state that he decided to make his future home here. He first located in Porterville, where for six months he was associated with his brother, H.J. Reinhard, who had preceeded him to this state. In 1910 Mr. Reinhard came to Hanford and engaged in business for himself and has had no cause to regret his location here. From a modest beginning he has seen his business steadily grow until today he employs four men and enjoys his full share of public patronage. He produces marble and granite memorials of every character and among the fine monuments he has erected in the Hanford cemetery are those for the following families; Hefton, Finn, John Rice, Lacey, Ross, Prior and Banium. He uses much eastern and midwestern granite, but specializes in California granite, which is harder and more durable and takes a finer polish than other granites. He also imported some granite from Aberdeen, Scotland. Good work and courteous service have been the elements that have contributed to his success and he is held in the very highest esteem by all who know him.
Mr. Reinhard was married to Miss Anna C. Miller, a native of Pennsylvania, and they have two children: Grace and Stanley. Mr. Reinhard is a Mason, in which order he has taken the Knight Templar degree of the York Rite and the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He is a member of the Hanford Kiwanis Club and takes a deep interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community and the advancement of the city along all legitimate lines.
Note - G.T. Reinhard was the organist at the dedication of the current Hanford United Methodist Church building in 1927. One of the gifts to the church was the corner stone
which was presented by G.T. and his son Stanley.
Note - Located at the Hanford United Methodist Church Window # 6, "Blessing the Children," reminds us that Christ loved the children and taught that we must become as little children, with child-like faith and trust in divine love if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
This window is a memorial to:
Gustav Theodore Reinhard 1865-1937
Anna Caroline Reinhard 1868-1970
Ruby Bloyd Reinhard 1887-1935
Grace Elizabeth Reinhard 1889-1963
Stanley Edwin Reinhard 1887-1964
Given by the family and friends
Anna Caroline Miller Reinhard (1868 - 1970)
Stanley Edwin Reinhard (1887 - 1964)*
Grace Elizabeth Reinhard (1889 - 1963)*
Plot: Sec: New Lot: 132
Created by: JC
Record added: Feb 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65386301