Gust Reinisch

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Reinisch

Gust Reinich was born in 1887 on a farm near Berlin, Germany. He immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen, settling first in Harvey, North Dakota, where he worked for the railroad, doing shop work, loading coal onto trains, and washing and greasing the trains.

Katie Doffee was born near Odessa, Russia in 1891, and came to the United States when she was seventeen, living at the home of an uncle, John Lange, at Anamoose, North Dakota. A brother, John Doffee, was also staying there, and the two farmed together.

Once they met, Gust traveled by bicycle, about eighteen miles, from Harvey to Anamoose, in order to see Katie. Rather than the traditional diamond ring, he gave her a pair of green shoes when he proposed.

Gust and Katie were married on December 26, 1910 at Anamoose. They lived in Harvey until 1914, then took a homestead five miles north of Roseglen, in what was to become Amundsville Township, in McLean County, North Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. Reinisch became the parents of eleven children, although one girl died in infancy.

Despite the large washloads that Mrs. Reinisch had with her own large family, she took in laundry for the neighbors, washing clothes on a wash board over a large tub. She also helped her husband with the field work, rode the binder, shocked grain, helped with the milking, and performed other farm chores.

By 1917, they had built a new home, one that was not entirely completed by the time that George was born. They lived in this house until they moved to McLean Manor at Garrison, North Dakota in December of 1965, where they were living in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.

Their children are: Emelia, Chris, George, Henry, Rose, Fritz, Robert, Bennie, Irene, and Minnie.