Matthias “Matt” Rinckel

Matthias “Matt” Rinckel

Death 6 Oct 1879 (aged 45–46)
Carson City, Nevada, USA
Burial Carson City, Carson City, Nevada, USA
Plot 3A-13-09
Memorial ID 126249230 View Source
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"One of the few landmarks remaining in this state which is suggestive of the colorful drama of that era when Nevada's rich gold and silver mines were yielding their millions, is a splendidly constructed mansion built in 1876 in Carson City which still stands in an excellent state of preservation at the corner of King and Curry Streets.

"The historic structure attests to the acumen and enterprise of a far-seeing pioneer, Mathias Rinckel who like many a dauntless pioneer pitted his courage and ingenuity against the dangers of the frontier and aided in the constructive conquest of the west.

"In the early fifties his spirit of adventure, whetted by tales of limitless opportunities in the far west had aroused in young Mathias the determination to leave the protective fireside of his parents in Warsaw, Illinois, and brave the long and hazardous journey to California.

"Arriving in the Feather river region, his sojourn was filled with hardships and strenuous labor but it gradually amassed for him a small fortune from placer mining.

"Then in 1858 when traveling by stage coach through the region where now is located Nevada's capital city, he was so impressed with the peaceful valley through which flowed the Carson river at the foot of the towering snow-clad Sierras that henceforth he looked with favor on this fertile spot in Eagle valley and eventually settled there.

"Convinced of a future for the infant community which the enterprising Abe Curry was ten promoting, Mathias built two two-story brick business buildings; one on the southeast corner of Carson and Procter streets where he opened a meat market calling it "the Eagle market," for Eagle valley. The valley had been so named because of the many eagles which soared down from the canyons in those early days. An eagle which Matt had killed was mounted and placed on the wall in the market where it can be seen to this day.

"The year 1864 was propitious for Matt Rinckel since it marked Nevada's admission to the Union and Matt's marriage to charming and capable Marcella Elizabeth Coffey, who had ventured west from New York state after the death of her mother.

"The provident couple began planning for a permanent home in this land of promise and twelve years later started construction of their mansion on the site of Carson City's first post office.

"Mathias Rinckel's enjoyment of his new home was short-lived for death took him in 1879 but his widow survived him by more than half a century and raised their six children there. One of them, Louise Rinckel Blakeslee, with her husband, George Blakeslee, ow occupy the home.

"Two years ago, Paramount Pictures used the front view of the Rinckel home in filming scenes for "The Remarkable Andrew," which dealt with the life of Andrew Jackson.

"The state of Nevada has given this early day residence official recognition by having its points of interest photographed, the pictures to be preserved for their historic interest to posterity."

- Excerpts from an article written by Lillian Borghi, published in the Reno Evening Gazette, June 26, 1943.

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