Henry Martin Reimers, Sr

Henry Martin Reimers, Sr

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 11 Jan 1890 (aged 35–36)
Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 19555157 · View Source
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Henry Martin Reimers, Sr, was born in Germany, a son of Martin Henry Reimers and Katharina Wiebke (maiden name unknown, at this point) Reimers.

Henry married Catharine Gottsche, and started a family.

In 1882, Henry & Catherine immigrated to North America, with their 4 children - 3 sons, Henry Martin, John Henry and William Frederich, and 1 daughter, Alvina.

Pursuing the dream of owning their own land and worshiping in their own way, they settled in Porter County, Indiana.

Henry, as was the case with many immigrants at the tme, went to work for the railroad.

Henry's parents and siblings also immigrated to North America. Three uncles settled in Chicago, along with their families, working as a tailor, a cigar maker and a butcher. Another uncle settled in northeast Illinois and started farming - his farm served as ground-zero for future family immigration. Reimers clans would arrive in New York, board a train for Chicago, then move to the farm. The men took jobs as laborers, usually with the railroad, and then struck out, into the midwest, pursuing their immigrant dreams.

Henry's parents settled in the Scott County, Iowa region.

January 11th, 1890 - Henry and his younger brother, Martin, who had moved from Iowa to stay with Henry and work for a "rival" railroad, were killed by a train. It was about 6:30 in the evening, already winter-dark, when they boarded their personal velocopide (one of those two-person hand-cranked rail-riders) and set out from the Wheeler vicinity, toward Hobart, to get their boots mended.

According to witnesses, a gravel train, backing down the tracks at 30 to 40 miles per hour, backed into/over them.

The results were detailed and sensationalized in the three local newspapers of the day - a summary of which can be read, on the Porter County GenWeb site - note however, that the "death notice transcription" there had a few inaccuracies in it; one being the date of the accident; the other being Martin's name mistakenly stated as Milton.

The accident occurred approximately three hundred yards west of the modern-day landmark, Sedley Bridge.

NOTE: Please see wife Catherine's, and younger brother Martin's memorials for additional related info.




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