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January 14th 1899
Kent News, Maryland
The news bulletin Saturday first told of the sudden death of Undertaker Ernest C. Reiche, who died in Baltimore the day previous at the home of his brother, Dr. P. H. Reiche.
Friday afternoon Mr. Reiche arrived in Baltimore on the boat from Chestertown, and accompanied by his daughter, Miss Caroline Reiche, proceeded to his brother’s residence. He reached the house about 3:30 P.M. and the only member of Dr. Reiche’s family who saw him alive was the doctor’s little daughter Mary. She 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.
Assisted by his daughter he removed his overcoat and seated himself upon a sofa. In five minutes he was dead, falling into the arms of his devoted daughter. For years he had suffered from heart disease and within the last few years he had several serious attacks. For some time he had felt that he would not live long, and he went to Baltimore especially to see his brother before his death. His body was brought to town Saturday and funeral services held from his late residence, cor. Spring ave. and Market square Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. S. C. Roberts, pastor of Emmanuel P. E. Church, assisted by Dr. C. A. Grise. The following gentleman acted as pallbearers: Jaz. W. Chapman, J. H. Hurtt, F. W. Quantz, S. F. Smith, James Brice and John Bell. Internment at Chester Cemetery. Some months before his death Mr. Reiche left full instructions as to how he wished to be buried and requested that Mr Harry T. Hoyle, and intimate friend of the family, have full charge of the funeral arrangements, and his desires were fully carried out.
Mr. Reiche was in his 68th year, having been born Dec. 27, 1831, in Leipstadtt, Westphalia, Prussia. He came to America in 1847 and became a citizen of the United States in 1859. He was married to Mary E. Nagle in Centreville, Feb. 21, 1856. He moved to Chestertown in 1870 and engaged in cabinet making and the furniture business at the stand vacated by 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. Some of his cabinet work is to be seen at this day in the White House, Washington D. C.
Mr. Reiche was one of the oldest and best known Odd Fellows in the State having been a member of that organization about 44 years. He was one of the charter members of Amicable Lodge of Chestertown, which body attended the funeral. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal church, a consistent christian character, and a good citizen. Four sons, and for daughters survive him, his wife having died about four years ago. His children are: Messrs. Chas J., Earnest C., Thomas R., and Will Mack Reiche, Mrs. Mattie Fitzpatrick, of Baltimore, Mrs. Tille Anderson, of Philadelphia, Misses Susan and Carrie Reiche of Chestertown.
In addition to Dr. Reiche he has one brother, Mr. Lewis Reiche, who lives in Dortmund, Westphalia, and a sister Mrs. Emily Goette, whose home is in the same neighborhood.