Henry Reisenburg was born in Fremont, Ohio, January 14, 1888, and attended school there. As a young man he worked in the oil fields in Pennsylvania and as a riveter for a stove factory in Toledo, Ohio. He came to North Dakota around 1909 and worked for Jesse Warren who farmed at that time in Carpenter Township.

He and Ida Marie Erickson were married in Fargo, January 24, 1911. She was born at Blaine, Illinois, September 8, 1886, the daughter of Erick and Emma (Johnson) Erickson, and came with the family to Colgate Township in 1905 where they farmed. She was organist for a number of years at the Colgate Presbyterian Church.

The Reisenburgs lived an Fargo the first year of their marriage where he worked for a drayline, then moved to Colgate Township and farmed. In the fall of 1920 they had a sale and moved to McMinnville, Oregon, where he worked in a logging camp during the winter and in the spring secured employment with the telephone company.

The family returned to North Dakota in the fall of 1921, making the trip in a Model T Ford following the Blue Trail in Oregon, the Yellow Trail in Montana and the Red Trail in western North Dakota. This road followed very closely where Highway 10 was later built. They took up farming in Hugo Township upon their return and moved back to Colgate Township in the fall of 1924. The children all graduated from the Colgate High School and Mr. Reisenburg served on the school board. He moved into Colgate in 1942 and retired from farming in 1946.

They had five children:

1.     Lucille who died in infancy

2.     Wesley, who married Luella Boettcher of Colgate

3.     Marvin who married Blanche Pederson of Sharon and had two sons

4.     Marjorie who married Myril Schoeppach of Luverne and has three sons and

5.     Phyllis, who married R. Gordon Bacon of Colgate and has three sons and a daughter.

Marvin passed away in Idaho Falls, Idaho, November 3, 1975. At the present time, Wesley and his wife live in Colgate Township, the Schoeppachs in Page and Bacons in Wheaton, Illinois.

During World War II, his daughter, Mrs. Myril Schoeppach and son, Duane, made their home with her father while her husband served in the Medical Corps in the Army.

Mrs. Reisenburg passed away December 21, 1935, from spinal meningitis and Mr. Reisenburg, May 27, 1957. The last years of his life he made his home in Hope with his daughter, Mrs. Schoeppach and her husband and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Reisenburg and Lucille are buried in the Hope Cemetery.

Written by Mr. and Mrs. Wes Reisenburg

Source: Hope Through the Century - Hope, North Dakota 1882-1982 Page 560

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