Biography of Henry J. Reibs
Erie County, PA Biographies

Henry J. Reibs is a member of the firm of Reibs Brothers, of North East, where he is successfully engaged in the grocery business. He was born here, Feb. 14, 1883, and is the son of Ferdinand and Fredericka (Wagner) Reibs.

Ferdinand Reibs was born in Germany, March 5, 1850, the son of Henry and Sophia (Gorndt) Reibs. After receiving a public school èducation and spending three years in leaning the grocery business in Germany, he came to the United States in 1867. After spending three years in Nebraska, Mr. Reibs located at North East in 1871, where in 1881 he established a grocery business now conducted by his sons. He died in 1908 and his wife, also a native of Germany, died Aug. 22, 1918. They are buried in the North East cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Reibs had four children Louisa, married S B Eix, lives in Ontario, Canada, John F.; H. J., the subject of this sketch; and Carl, a partner in the grocery business.

H. J. and Carl Reibs were reared and educated in North East and at their father's death in 1908 the mother became owner of the business established by him. Since the death of the mother, in 1918, the business has been conducted by the brothers. It is one of the oldest concerns in the city and has an excellent trade.

On July 16, 1912, H. J. Reibs was married to Miss Caroline Meehl, of North East, and they have a daughter, Anita, born in 1923.

Carl Reibs was married June 4, 1916, to Miss Emma A. Rohrnann, of Erie, and they have three children: Mary Louise, born in 1917; Martha, born in 1919; and John Henry, born in 1923.

Messrs. Reibs are Republicans and members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They are substantial citizens of Erie County and favorably known.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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