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Francis A. Riehle & Family

Francis Albert Riehle was born on May 18, 1863, in Perintown, Ohio, son of Clemens Riehle, 29 and Cornelia (Mohr) Riehle, 27. He married Anna Catharine Rapp on February 16, 1886, with whom he had 12 children.

Bases on the listing of a phone number, likely printed c. 1920

On the 1900 Census, “Frank” is listed with occupation of “Farmer”. They farmed in Perintown at Clemens’ old farm, though based on the census information their growing family lived elsewhere nearby. Clemens was by then 66 years old and it is likely Francis was playing a larger role in the management of the farm. The property was transfered to Francis in 1908. The house and much of the property are still owned by Francis and Anna’s granddaughter, Theresa, the daughter of Charles.

Francis had other business interests in Milford itself and was prominent in the Clarmont County Grange organization. He served as mayor of the town of Milford briefly during late 1908 and into 1909. He later lived at 557 Brandon Ave. in Milford.

F.A. was doing more than just farming around this time. This building was used into the 1960s by F.A.’s son John for his carpentry business and continues to be used for custom wood working as of 2020.
John & Liona (Bartel) Rapp – 1888
(Parents of Anna Catharine Rapp Riehle)

1912 Family Portrait:
Top Row: John, Louis, Clarence, Albert, Rose (Rosalia);
Middle Row: Cornelia, Francis (father), William, Anna (mother),
Ray (Ralph Raymond), Mary Alice
Sitting on the ground: Leo & Charles.
(Names provided with update in a comment, below and with confirmation
from a much earlier die Familie Riehle article, recently rediscovered)

Close up of Francis and Anna with William
On the farm – 1895 – Frank is on far right, Clemens is sitting back by fence

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display names of known family members

Francis Albert Riehle and his Children on F.A.’s 82nd Birthday – May 1945
From left to right: Francis Albert, Albert Joseph, Clarence, Louis, 
John, Cornelia, Rosalia, Ray, Mary, Leo, Charlie, William

Anna passed away on December 8, 1916 in Perintown, Ohio at the age of 50 after 30 years of marriage. She died of coronary valve disease.

Sixteen years later on April 6, 1932, at age 68, Francis married Mary Frances Valter, aged 70, in Milford, Ohio. Mary had eight children from a previous marriage to Alexander Drone, Anna’s first cousin, who had died in 1925. After nine years of marriage to Francis, Mary passed away in 1941 at the age of 79. Francis survived for another 10 years before succumbing to prostate cancer on November 1, 1951 at St. Francis Hospital.

Additional Francis A. Riehle Family Photos at the Perintown Farm

More about Francis and Family at his 82nd Birthday Reunion in 1945

See also photos of Francis with Clemens and First Sons

Cornelia Riehle Widmeyer & Family 

The “Contractor & Builder” photograph was provided by Kitsy Osborne (Georgia Katheryn Widmeyer / Cornelia Ann Riehle / Francis Albert Riehle) with all other photos on this page provided courtesy of Mary Riehle Heink. The clipped article was from “Find-a-Grave” and was provided by Susan Riehle (wife of Greg Riehle / Joseph Eugene Riehle / Albert Joseph Riehle / Francis Albert Riehle). Correction /confirmation about F.A.’s term as mayor came from the Greater Milford Area Historical Society.

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Kitsy Osborne Parrish ( Georgia Kathryn)
Kitsy Osborne Parrish ( Georgia Kathryn)
September 4, 2022 4:39 pm

I question whether FA lived at 557 Brandon Ave as the highest address number on Brandon appears to be 550. They go down from there. My grandmother, Cornelia lived at 530 Brandon and across the street lived her brother John at 331 Brandon. John had a double lot with an official Croquet pitch in the side yard. Both Cornelia’s and Johns’s homes can be viewed on google maps.

georgia osborne parrish. (Kitsy)
georgia osborne parrish. (Kitsy)
December 16, 2020 6:31 pm

I believe the lady on the left side middle row is Cornelia, my grandmother and Rose is on the top right.