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January 12th 1899
Chestertown Transcript, Maryland

A Shadow Cast Over the Entire Community by an Unusual Death Record


A great shadow has been spread over the entire community by the unusual death-record of the past seven days. On Friday the news of the death in Baltimore of Mr. Ernest C. Reiche came with startling suddenness. Mr. Reiche took the steamer Emma Ford on Friday morning accompanied by his daughter, Miss Carrie, and his son, Mr. Thomas Reiche, and stated to one of the editors of the TRANSCRIPT on the steamer that while he knew that he could not be cured, he was going over to see his brother, and hope that some of his specialist friends might be able to help him. He had been a sufferer with heart disease for many years past. After attending to some business affairs down town, he started for the home of his brother, Dr. P. H. Reiche. On the way out in the car he gave signs of being ill. A little daughter of the doctor was waiting for her uncle and cousin and ran to meet them. “How do you do, Uncle Ernest,” she exclaimed, as Mr. Reiche entered the door, and threw her arms around his neck. “Oh, Mary, I feel very, very ill,” was his answer. This little girl was the only member of his brother’s family who saw Mr. Reiche before his death. Assisted by Miss Carrie he removed his overcoat, seated himself upon the sofa and with his head on his daughter’s shoulder he breathed out his life in her arms. In less than five minutes he was dead.

The remains were brought to Chestertown on Saturday, and funeral services held from his late residence, corner Spring avenue and Market Square, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. S. C. Roberts, D. D., pastor of Emmanuel P. E. Church, assisted by Rev. C. A. Grise. The following gentleman acted as pallbearers: James W. Chapman, J. H. Hutt, F. W. Quantz, S. F. Smith, James Brice and John Bell. Internment in Chester Cemetery.

Some months ago Mr. Reiche wrote out full instructions as to every details of his funeral. His bearers were named and the coffin in which he wished to be interred was prepared and ready. These instructions were signed by two friends and a remarkable coincidence was that one of the signers of the paper left for Baltimore the following morning, after signing the paper of investigation, and died before reaching his destination. Mr. Harry Hoyle, by request, had full charge of the funeral. Mr. Reiche was in his 68th year, having been born December 27, 1831, in Leipstadtt, Westphalia, Prussia. He came to America in 1849 and became a citizen of the United States in 1859. He was married to Mary E. Nagle, in Centreville, Queen Anne’s county, Feb. 21, 1856. He removed to Chestertown in 1870 and engaged in cabinet making and the furniture business at the stand lately vacated by Mr. P. T. McFeely, removing to the rooms under the Voshell House about 20 years ago from which time to the time of his death he devoted himself exclusively to undertaking.

Mr. Reiche was one of the oldest and best know Odd Fellows in the State having been a member of that organization about 44 years. He was one of the character members of Amicable Lodge of Chestertown. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Four sons and four daughters survive him. His wife having died about four years ago. His children are: Messrs. Chas. J. Reiche, Ernest C., Thomas R., Will Mack Reiche, Mrs. Mattie Fitzpatrick, of Baltimore; Miss Tillie Anderson, of Philadelphia, Misses Susan and Carrie Reiche, of Chestertown.

The business will be continued by one of Mr. Reiche’s son.