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Reiss, Tilghman

TILGHMAN REISS, popularly known as Till Reiss, has long been a partner with his father, the late Henry K. Reiss, in the conduct of a flourishing tobacco business. He has been a leader in the civic affairs of the borough for many years, having served on its council and been otherwise identified with its progress. The father, Henry K. Reiss, who died June 13, 1908, was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1833, the son of Marmaduke and Sarah (Kissinger) Reiss. The grandfather was a native of Lehigh county and his wife was born in Berks. Both of them died in the latter county. They were the parents of two children, of whom Henry K. was the elder. He commenced employment in a tobacco factory at the age of ten years and the balance of his years were spent in that occupation. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until the expiration of his term. In April, 1867, he located at Greenville and established a business both as a manufacturer and dealer in cigars and tobacco. With the growth of the business and his coming to old age he received his son, Tilghman, into partnership, and at his death in 1908 the latter assumed its entire conduct.

On June 15, 1854, Henry K. Reiss was married at Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Miss Fianna Lick. Of their three children only one now survives. Mrs. Reiss also survives her husband and now resides with the son mentioned. It should be added that the elder Mr. Reiss was appointed postmaster of Greenville in March, 1887, and was the first Democrat who had held that office since the first administration of Abraham Lincoln. He was also an active member of Dickey Post, G. A. R., and of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities, and in public affairs has served as school director, councilman and auditor of the borough.

Tilghman Reiss was born in Allentown, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, September 3, 1856, and in April, 1867, when eleven years of age, located with his parents at Greenville. He was educated in the public schools of that place and at Thiel College and in early manhood became connected with his father's tobacco business. As stated before he has seen service as a member and president of the borough council. In Masonry he has gained high rank, being now a member of Eureka Lodge No. 290, A. F. & A. M.; Mound Chapter No. 212, R. A. M.; Mt. Calvary Commandery No. 67, of Greenville, to which he was demitted from Rebecca Commandery No. 50, of Sharon, and of Syria Temple, A. A. O. X. M. S., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is an Odd Fellow, connected with Alhambra Lodge No. 293; a Knight of Pythias, belonging to Custer Lodge No. 469; and a member of the Elks fraternity, belonging to Lodge No. 145. He has followed the political example of many generations of the Reiss family and is an active Democrat.

On October 29, 1876, Mr. Reiss married Miss Grace E. Smith, who was born in Gait, Canada, a daughter of Charles and Hepertery Smith. After the death of Charles Smith his widow married J. P. Shaw, who also died, and Mrs. Shaw is now living in Greenville. Mr. and Mrs. Tilghman Reiss have one child—Ella E. is a genealogy site compiled of biographies from old county history books, user contributions and other sources. Compilation, design, artwork and concept covered by copyright. Copyright ©2013, All rights reserved. Contact me.  Privacy Policy.