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Re: Master Butchers emigrating to Makerfield area

Hello Marguerite! I'm glad you enjoyed my recent Flickr series on August Reiss. (I post there as "The Makerfield Rambler".) Thank you for sharing these further details. The 1911 census return shows that August's mother, Charlotte ("Lotte"), was also then at 59 Gerard Street together with a "Katherine Heinold" who, I think, must have been a relative of August's wife, Rose. I am still unsure of August's ultimate fate, and would be interested to know whether he was re-interned or repatriated after March 1915 - and whether he was in any way compensated for the loss of his shop here in Ashton.

Town: Ashton

Re: Master Butchers emigrating to Makerfield area

Have not found out anything further on August but I saw your mention of his brother, Charles Reiss and started looking into his life. An obituary came up for Lily Reiss who died 24.12.2008, aged 101 years. Her husband was Frank Reiss, pork butcher, and son of Charles. Lily's maiden name was Braun and it didn't strike me at first but then I realised it was written the German way.

Lily's parents were Frederick and Carrie(Caroline) Friedrich Braun also running a pork butcher's shop of which Frank Reiss was a manager.

Carl Reiss married Lina Ströbel in 1898 and after her death married Marie Ströbel in Stoke-on-Trent 1927. He died in 1946 at 20 Stephens Road, Withington Executors Marie Reiss, widow and Harold Reece and Frank Reiss pork butchers, his sons.

The whole family literally fell into my lap but of course I can't contact them as I only have the address of the undertakers. Such is life.

That's all for now...


Town: Mühlethal, Aargau