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Life & Death of Clemens Riehle

One of the oldest residents of this community was taken by death at the most unusual age of 93 years on Monday. Clemence Riehle, well known to the community as one of the pioneer residents, is being mourned by a large family and many friends and neighbors. The deceased lived at Perintown for 66 years. Mr. Riehle was born near Strassburg, Germany. He came to the United States with his older brother Martin, who died at the age of 91 in Buffalo, N.Y. Leaving his home near Strassburg on Nov. 15, 1853, he traveled through Paris on his way to Harve, France, from which port he set sail for the United States on a three mast sailing vessel known as the Winthrope. After an adventurous trip in which the Winthrope was battered badly by sever storms, the vessel reached New York on Jan. l8, 1854. Mr. Riehle and his brother worked in Troy, N.Y. for a short time after which they went to Buffalo and worked in a tannery and later in a shoe shop until October l854. Mr. Riehle then left his brother in Buffalo and came to Cincinnati where he worked at the shoe trade at 39 Pearl Street and at 6 Walnut Street for two years.

Mr. Samuel Perin, of Perintown, offered to give him free rent providing he would open a shoe shop in Perintown. He accepted the offer and went in business for himself in April 1859. He continued in the shoe business for 30 years. He was married on Feb. 19, 1863. He leaves in his immediate family, one daughter, Ella Rapp, living at Perintown, three sons, Ed Riehle living in Owensville, George Riehle in Blanchester, and Francis A. Riehle in Perintown. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren.Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at St. Philomene Church at Stonelick. Hickey and Clutter, undertakers, were in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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