Francis V. Reiniche, farmer, merchant and owner of a saw mill, was born March 31, 1834, in Alsace, France, the sixth child of 13 born to Francis and Mary Ann (Marsot) Reiniche. When 20 years old, in company with his brother Thiebeaux, who died on the ocean while bound for America, he started for this country and came on to Fort Wayne, where he engaged in ditching for 75 cents per day and his board, and thus he remained for some months. He then worked on a farm for one year; spent the summer in labor on the Air Line railroad and then boated on the canal for one-year. In 1857 he located in Emerald Township, and on February 9, the year following, married Miss Louisa, the daughter of Tebo and Mary A. (Marshall) Didier, of French origin. Ten children were born to these parents, whose names are as follows: Mary, the wife of Alphonso Rau; Joseph C., Thiebeaux (deceased), Anna, wife of Isaac LaLonde; Eugenia Belle, Francis, John M., Alphonso, Leo and Rosalie. The family are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Mr. Reiniche, who in politics is recognized as a staunch Democrat, is engaged in the manufacture of staves in connection with his saw mill.