The community was saddened by the sudden death of Mr. Henry Riessen who passed away at his home in Osmond, Nebraska Wednesday morning, June 19, 1929 at the age of eighty-two years, two months, fourteen days.
Mr. Riessen had been feeling poorly for over a year, when he had suffered two paralytic strokes, but during the intervening months had recovered to a great extent. Monday morning he had pursued his usual activities, and had not complained of feeling in ill health but was suddenly stricken with an attack of paralysis, which left him struggling to maintain a feeble grasp of life. Medical counsel was summoned but gave him little hope.
Heinrich Riessen was born April 5, 1847 on the Island of Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. When he was seventeen he came to America with two of his brothers; Jochim and Matthais, on the ship "E. Brockelman" landing in New York City August 22, 1864. He settled and worked in and around Davenport, Iowa for two years, after which he moved to the vicinity of New Liberty, Scott County, Iowa, where he farmed for thirty-five years. On January 18, 1876 he was married to Doris Schwarzlor at Davenport, Iowa. To this union seven children were born.
He became a citizen of the U.S. in 1880. In the year 1901 the family moved to a farm near McLean, Nebraska, living there two years. He then moved to his present home in Osmond, Nebr., where he resided twenty-six years.
Preceding him in death were his wife Doris, who died April 23, 1925 and two sons in infancy.
He leaves to mourn his loss one son, Claus Riessen, of Osmond, four daughters; Annie, Mrs. W. F. Boye of Medford, Oregon, Mrs. Dora Horstman of Glendora, California, Amanda Riessen and Bertha Riessen, also of Osmond, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one half-brother, Johannes Riessen of Charter Oak, Iowa, besides many other relatives and friends.
Relatives present for the funeral from Iowa, were the following: Miss Emma Riessen, Miss Alma Riessen, Henry Riessen, Mrs. John Glau from Schleswig, Mr. And Mrs. Albert Riessen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Koch of Ida Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard Riessen, and Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Ericksen of Battle Creek, Iowa.