|Birth: ||Jul. 18, 1867|
ADOLPH J. RIESS, a successful druggist of Rock Island, is one of the native sons of the city, born July 18, 1867. He belongs to one of the honored pioneer families whose identification with the interests of the county have been of material benefit thereto. His father, George Riess, was a native of Germany, and in his youth learned the carpenter's trade. He came to America in the '40s and in 1849 took up his residence in Rock Island, then a small western town.
With the development of the city from that period to the present, he has been prominently associated. In the line of his trade he has been active in its upbuilding and has
erected many of the large and substantial structures here. In other works tending to advance the general welfare he has also borne his part, and is a public-spirited, progressive men, numbered among the valued residents of Rock Island.
George Riess was united in marriage to Lena Geertz, also a native of Germany. Her mother is one of three survivors of a family of eight children and is now living with Mrs. Riess at the very advanced age of ninety-four years, her mental and physical powers being well preserved. Mr. Riess has reached the age of sixty-nine years and his wife of sixty-five. He was one of the first members of the German Lutheran church in Rock Island, and aided in the erection of the first little house of worship. In 1866 they built a church on the corner of Twentieth street and Fifth avenue, which was torn down in order to erect on the same site the finest church in the three cities.
He is one of the oldest and still one of the most efficient church workers connected with that congregation, having indeed been active in the promotion of its interests.
Mr. and Mrs. Riess have a family of eight children, namely: Bertha, wife of George Gumtow, a carpenter, residing at 1309 Sixth avenue, by whom she has four
children, Lena, Etta, Carl and Bertha; Minnie is the wife of Charles Ihlenfield, a farmer, residing in Blue Island, Illinois, by whom she has three children, Albert, Alma
and Martha; Albert C, a postal clerk of Chicago, who married Minnie Johnston and has two children, Florence and Alexander; Charles E., a druggist of New York, who
married Emily Marquette and has two children, George and Byron; Adolph J., of this review; Eliza, at home; Herman V , who is now hospital steward in the United States barracks at Washington, D. C. ; and Ernest A., a railroad employe, living at home.
Adolph J. Riess, whose name introduces this review, obtained his education in the schools of Rock Island and of Chicago, living with his brother Charles during his stay
in the latter city. Determining to engage in the line of business to which he now devotes his energies, he pursued a thorough course in pharmacy and is well versed in the use of drugs and medicine. He now owns a good store at the corner of Fourth avenue and Twenty-third street, where he
keeps in stock a full line of everything found in a first-class establishment of the kind, including drugs, oils, toilet preparations, perfumes, etc. He has built up an excellent trade and his courteous treatment of his
customers and his honorable dealing insures to him a continuance of this liberal patronage.
Mr. Reiss was married on Christmas day of 1894 to Miss Louisa Clark, of Chicago, who was born December 25, 1870, and is of Welsh extraction. They have one child, Bessie, who is the joy and pride of the household. They attend the German Lutheran church and occupy a prominent position
in social circles. Mr. Riess affiliates with the Republican party, but has never sought or desired political preferment, his time and attention being taken up by his business interests, in which he is meeting
with a splendid success, of which he is truly deserving.
(Source: Rock Island County Biographical Record, 1897)
Louisa N. Clark Riess (1868 - 1931)
Rock Island County
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