Reinig Family papers, 1862-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Reinig family
Reinig Family papers
1862-2003 (inclusive)
0.46 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number
6096 (Accession No. 6096-001)
Property information, legal documents, photographs, correspondence, clippings, and other papers related to the Reinig family of Seattle and Snoqualmie, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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English, German

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Leonard L. Reinig (1839-1910) was a Seattle pioneer, businessman, and real estate developer. Reinig, a native of Bavaria, immigrated to the United States in 1862, and came to Seattle in 1869. In that same year, he opened a grocery and purchased a southwest corner lot at First Avenue and Columbia. On that property he built a two-story building in 1873, which had a large assembly hall that was referred to as "Reinig's Hall." In 1881, the Reinig and Voss Block opened at First Avenue and Marion Street but burned in the Seattle fire in 1889. Leonard L. Reinig and his family moved to Snoqualmie in 1890. He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.

Leonard L. Reinig and his wife, Margarethe Schafer (1850-1933), had three sons: Otto F. Reinig, Dionis G. Reinig, and Edward C. Reinig (d. 1912). Otto, who married Minnie Owens, was a businessman and mayor of Snoqualmie, Washington. Dionis married Hadassah Lorette Knapp in 1910 and had three children.

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Papers related to the Reinig family, including building specifications for the Reinig and Voss Block; clippings and notes about Reinig properties, family, and friends; correspondence; deeds; financial ledger from the L. Reinig goods store; Leonard L. Reinig's obituary and passport; postcards; photocopies of the program from a dance celebrating the opening of the Reinig and Voss Block; city tax receipts; and Otto Reinig's schoolbook and financial day book. The papers also include clippings about two other Seattle families, the Parkers and the Pipers. Some clippings, legal documents, and correspondence are written in German, although many of these items are also translated into English.

Also included are photographs of Reinig family members and friends; the "Club Contentment," a group of German-speaking women; the Cascade Tunnel; the Seattle Fire Department circa 1889; Frye's Opera House; and several other unidentified early Seattle scenes.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Reinig and Voss Block building specifications circa 1881
1/2 Reinig properties clippings and notes 2003, undated
1/3 Clippings 1908, 1957, undated
1/4 Photocopies of clippings 1910-1933, 2003, undated
1/5 Correspondence 1911
1/6 Correspondence (in German) 1876-1899
1/7 Deeds 1869-1880
1/8 L. Reinig goods store financial ledger 1889
1/9 Leonard Reinig obituary 1910
1/10 Leonard Reinig passport 1862
1/11 Postcards 1904, undated
1/12 Photocopies of program for the Reinig and Voss Block opening celebration 1881
1/13 City tax receipts 1875-1876
1/14 Otto Reinig schoolbook and financial day book 1890-1893
1/15 Lydia Greenleif Parker obituary undated
1/16 Piper family clippings 1928, undated
2/1 Piper family photographs undated
2/2 Unidentified photographs circa 1900
2/3 Seattle Fire Department photographs circa 1889
2/4 Frye's Opera House after the Seattle Fire photograph 1889
2/5 Cascade Tunnel photograph undated
2/6 Photographs of Reverend John Damon and Mary Damon undated
2/7 Photograph of the Reinig plot at the Lakeview Cemetery circa 1910
2/8 Photographs of the L. Reinig Grocer building at 1st Ave and Main Street, Seattle 1881, circa 1889
2/9 Photographs of Club Contentment (German women in Seattle) undated
2/10 Otto Reinig photograph undated
2/11 Photograph of Margarethe S. Reinig undated
2/12 Photographs of Leonard Reinig undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Families--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Families--Washington (State)--Snoqualmie
  • Personal Names :
  • Reinig, Leonard L. 1839-1910--Archives
  • Family Names :
  • Reinig family--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Personal correspondence
  • Records (Documents)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)