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John A and Katherine (Strackbein) Riedesel, Friend (Idalia/Kirk).
Images and family information contributed by Dallas Riedesel.

John A Riedesel was born in 1848 in Ohio, the son of German immigrants. Katherine Strackbein was born in Germany in 1846. John and Katherine were married in Iowa in 1875. They brought their family to the Friend area of Yuma County in 1887 and homesteaded the SW¼ Section 5, Township 5 South, Range 45 West. John (1848-1932) and Katherine (1846-1914) are buried in the Lucas Cemetery, near Idalia. They had six children. Their oldest Edward (1876-1880) died in Iowa.

John A Riedesel Family

Front: Katherine, Lillian and John A.
Back: George W., Elizabeth, Albert W. and Frank J.

George married Amy Mace in 1920,
Elizabeth married Charles Shields in 1899,
Albert married Nora Nevills in 1933,
and Frank married Emma Romkee in 1910.

Albert, Frank and Lillie are buried near their parents in the Lucas Cemetery. George and and his sister, Elizabeth (Riedesel) Shields, are buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.

Albert Riedesel with his 1914 Model T Touring Car on the John A Riedesel homestead circa 1920. That rock farmhouse house was built in 1898 and is still standing today (see below).

John Riedesel 1898 rock house today. After his father died this was Albert's home.

Elva Rainey's 90th birthday
We would like to celebrate our mother's 90th birthday by honoring her at an open house on Saturday, May 28, 2011.


Ms. Elva Riedesel Rainey was born in Kirk, Colorado , on May 28, 1921. She became a resident of Pocatello, Idaho, when she married her sweetheart, Clarence John Rainey, in 1946 after he returned from WWII as a Merill's Maurader. Elva worked for Pocatello School District for 22 years as a secretary at Whittier and Syringa Elementary. She retired in 1992. We invite family, friends and former students to share memories with Elva. Written memories and pictures would be greatly appreciated for her memory book. This event will be hosted by her children: Emilie and Ken Kannon of Globe, Arizona; Sandra Rainey of Inkom, Idaho; John Rainey and Rhea Felker of Fort Hall, Idaho; and Pietra and Brian Castles of Sacramento, California. The open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at 1245 W. Eldredge Road, Pocatello on Saturday, May 28.

Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, ID)
Date: May 15, 2011



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