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Charles Reps
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1823
Braunschweiger Stadtkreis
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: Apr. 23, 1888
Lee County
Iowa, USA

Prof. Charles Reps, an old resident and well known music instructor of Keokuk, died at noon yesterday at the residence near the corner of Seventh and Fulton streets. He had been indisposed for about ten days but his condition was not regarded as critical until Saturday. He death coming so unexpectedly created much surprise and shocked his numerous acquaintances in this city. Prof. Reps was born January 1, 1823 in the province of Brunswick, Germany, and came to America while yet a young man. After a brief residence in New York he located in Columbus, Georgia, where he was proprietor of a musical supply house. He went north upon the advice of his physician, his declining health rendering a change of climate imperative. He became a resident of Keokuk in 1853 and in 1854 was united in marriage to Helen Bauer. He is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. DeLange Tucker, Charles and William and Etta and Julia. Deceased was a cultured and educated musician, possessing large native talent and was devoted to his profession, in which he acquired an extended reputation throughout the state. His pupils and friends will regret his death and the bereaved family will receive the sympathy of their acquaintances. Wednesday afternoon at half-past 2 o'clock is the time set for the funeral. It will occur from the residence, 622 Fulton street.

The following sketch of Prof.Reps' life and character is contributed the the members of his class:

The death of Professor Charles Reps is not altogether a surprise to his friends. His labors as a teacher of music in this and the neighboring city of Ft. Madison during the extreme rigor of the past winter had seriously affected his health, and symptoms developed which gave melancholy forebodings of disease; but to his friends who anxiously watched him, the end was more sudden than was anticipated.

Born in Brunswick, Germany, he was early educated for the Lutheran ministery, and for this purpose he received a classical education. He applied himself at the same time to the acquisition of modern languages, and was besides an accomplished historian. His stepbrothers, who were brothers of Spohr, were his teachers in music. Coming to America while yet a youth, Mr. Reps spent the first ten years of his life in this country in Georgia, meeting at its best, southern culture and hospitality, and decided for the rest of his life his political affiliations.

He was a man of large brain and strong qualities, but above everthing a musician. With him music was not simply time and melody; it was an intellectual appreciation of a great art.

In this he was at war with our ignorance in a way that it is impossible for us to understand. Born into art with the teachings and traditions of great musicians early around him, he had no patience with half-knowledge, with pretence, with poor ideals. While he was a man of strong passions and of an exacting temperment, yet no one was more generous in praise when something done was praiseworthy, and his judicial criticism was a constant stimulation.

It is not easy to judge of the influence he had over the more mature pupils who have remained with him for years. They had for him an affection and veneration which was the outgrowth of a knowledge of his ability, and the feeling that he sincerely cared for them. For these, his loss is one which cannot be supplied. He gave a tone both social and artistic to their musical reunions which have been kept up as recurring pleasures for many years past. They will all feel the keenest sorrow that his guiding hand and masterly mind which conducted and controlled these reunions have been laid low in the silence of the tomb.

Published in the morning edition of the Daily Gate City. 
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  Helen Bauer Reps (1836 - 1923)
Oakland Cemetery
Lee County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Bonnie Monroe
Originally Created by: Beverley Groen Johns
Record added: May 01, 2011
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Dear Great Great Grampa Reps, you are no longer a mystery.
- Bonnie Monroe
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