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Joseph J. Reichenberger was born in Doniphan county March 25, 1864, and is a son of one of the most successful farmers of northeastern Kansas, the late Peter Reichenberger. The ancestry of the family can be traced back through many generations in Germany. It is believed that the first Reichenberger to enter Germany from Bohemia, their ancient home, was the son of a nobleman. Paul Reichenberger, the grandfather of our subject, spent the last years of his life as a merchant in Steinach, Bavaria. He married Anna Kafer, a Swiss lady, and died in 1843. Their children were Peter, who was born April 3, 1830; Teresa, Margaret, Johanna and Joseph. Peter Reichenberger secured a good common-school education and was a man of very strong mentality, who would probably have attained an eminent position in life had he been afforded educational advantages of a superior order. He was married, in New York city, August 17, 1852, four years after his arrival in the United States, the lady of his choice being Miss Barbara Loerscher, from the village of Orendorf, Prussia. Her mother was Margaret Carl, who had six children.

Peter Reichenberger resided in New York for ten years. In his youth he learned the cabinetmaker's trade and thus gained a good start in business life. He brought with him to Kansas, in 1858, a small capital, which he had acquired as the result of his efforts at his trade, and, locating in Doniphan, he opened a cabinet shop and furniture store, soon securing a very extensive patronage, which enabled him to gain a handsome financial return. When he had acquired a comfortable competence he retired from that branch of business and invested his money in land. From that time forward he carried on agricultural pursuits and from time to time added to his property until he was the owner of twelve hundred acres in Doniphan and Brown counties. This fact indicates his business ability, his capable management and his sound judgment. In politics he was a Republican and was a Catholic in religious belief. All who knew him respected him for his sterling worth and honored him for his faithfulness to duty.

The children of Peter and Barbara Reichenberger, who now survive, are Alphonso, a prominent farmer and active politician of Sedgwick county, Kansas, who married Barbara Mosher; Nicholas, who married Kate Hess and is living in Reno county, Kansas; Maggie; Joseph; Peter, who carries on farming in Sedgwick county and married Rosa Libel; and Benedict, at home, Brown county, Kansas.

Joseph J. Reichenherger, of this review, was reared upon his father's farm and attended the public schools of the neighborhood. Since attaining his majority he has resided on Independence creek, where he owns a good tract of land. He is now one of the extensive and successful grain and stock raisers of this section of the state, prosecuting his labors with diligence and enterprise. He owns a half-section of land admirably adapted to the uses to which it is put and his capable management has brought to him a desirable prosperity. For eight years after attaining his majority he obtained a thresher and was widely known in farming communities in that capacity. His success is the reward of his earnest labor and in all matters of business he is thoroughly reliable. He represents a family that has been long and honorably connected with the agricultural interests of Doniphan county and has brought not the least shadow of reproach upon their untarnished name.