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Rheinschild, George 1848-1911

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A History of California and Extended history of Los Angeles and Environs
By James Miller Guinn Published by Historic Record Co., 1915 Item notes: v. 2 Original from the New York Public Library Digitized Feb 6, 2008

George Rheinschild. A native of West Virginia, but a resident of Los Angeles for almost thirty years, George Rheinschild was accounted one of the foremost building contractors in the city and for many years was a prominent figure in municipal and commercial affairs of the Angel City. His death, which occurred September 16, 1911, at Pacific Grove, whither he had gone with his wife some two months previously in an effort to regain his failing health, was sincerely mourned by a large number of friends and acquaintances and left a place in the life of the city that it has been difficult to fill. Mr. Rheinschild was born in Mason county, W. Va., August 4, 1848, the son of George and Sibylla De Theirs Rheinschild. His early life was spent in his native state, where he received his education in the public schools. At the age of thirteen years he enlisted in the Civil war under the Confederate flag. About 1879 he came to California from his home in West Virginia, and from then until the time of his death made this city his home. He was prominently identified with many of the building enterprises of the city, and he built the Stimson block, which was the only large building erected in the city during the panic of 1892 and 1893. A special feature of the contracting work undertaken by Mr. Rheinschild was the construction of concrete irrigation nsystems, and at one time, some twenty years before his death, he had complete charge of all the concrete work on the irrigation system in Riverside county. In later years he was actively engaged in street and sidewalk construction. Much of the grading work and street improvement in both Garvanza and South Pasadena was one under his direction, and also in Highland Park and Euclid Heights. Aside from his business undertakings Mr. Rheinschild was well and favorably known throughout the city in fraternal circles, where he was very popular. He was a Shriner and a thirty-second degree mason and had for many years been a member of both orders. He was also a member of the German Methodist Church and a regularly attendant upon its services. Mr. Rheinschild was twice married, the first time to Miss Helena Lehman, in Lawrence, Kan., in 1876. She died in 1896, and in October, 1901, he was married in Los Angeles to Mrs. Susan Pauling, who survives him. Of this marriage a daughter and son were born, Susie and Rudolph, both of whom are well and favorably known in Los Angeles. By his first marriage Mr. Rheinschild became the father of five children, four of whom survive him. They are: Dr. P. Albert Rheinschild, a dentist; Walter M. Rheinschild, an attorney; George Rheinschild and Miss Helen Rheinschild, all of this city, where they have many friends and are widely known. Another daughter, Alma, passed away during the May preceding the death of her father.
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