Biography of Frank W. Reiter
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


The popular sheriff of Henry county, Ohio, F. W. Reiter, was born October 18, 1863, a son of Charles and Mary (Herkey) Reiter.

Michael Reiter, his grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania, but removed to Henry county, Ohio, with his family about 1852, and there made his home until his death, which occurred in 1868. His son, Charles Reiter, was born near Allentown, Pennsylvania, and when he came to Henry county settled about one mile east of Napoleon, where he carried on farming, and also engaged to some extent in surveying. He became prominent in the political work of the county and held several responsible positions. He was deputy county clerk for a time, and gave such satisfaction that at the next regular election he was elected clerk, and in 1869 he was elected sheriff of the county, assuming the duties of the office in January, 1870, and continuing in same until his death, which occurred January 30, 1872.

He married Mary Berkey, a native of Germany, and became the father of three children who grew to maturity: Frank W.; Clara, who married Samuel W. Long, of Vanwert, Ohio, and died leaving one child - Clara E.; and Sarah, wife of John McGinley, of Mungen, Wood county, Ohio. The father was also greatly interested in matters educational, and served as one of the school examiners for many years; he was, himself, highly educated, being a graduate of Heidelberg College, at Tiffin, Ohio, also of several other institutions, and from his keen insight in the political questions of the times might also be termed a political scholar.

Frank W. Reiter was educated in the high school of Napoleon, and at the age of twenty one left the schoolroom and engaged in agricultural pursuits on the old homestead. Here he remained, quietly attending to his own affairs until in January, 1897, he was called from the farm to assume the duties of sheriff of Henry county. At the time of his election to his present office he was serving his township as clerk. He has always taken a keen interest in the work of the Democratic party, in principles of which he places implicit confidence. For many years Mr. Reiter was a member of the Ohio National Guard, enlisting as a private and so serving until the end of his first year; then for one year he was corporal, and for two years second lieutenant. From second lieutenant he was promoted to first lieutenant, which rank he held for eleven years, resigning only when elected to his present office of sheriff, as the duties of the two positions might at times be found conflicting. Mr. Reiter is also prominent in musical circles, and for eighteen years he has belonged to the Napoleon Cornet Band, in which he plays the baritone.

On October 31, 1895, Mr. Reiter was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Ice, who was born June 116, 1875, a daughter of Miner and Rebecca Ice, of Napoleon. One daughter, Dorothea, born August 10, 1896, has blessed this union: In his fraternal relations Mr. Reiter belongs to Lodge No. 156, F. & A. M., and to the K. P. of Napoleon No. 284. The family are quite prominent socially, and have made many friends during their residence in Napoleon.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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