This collection includes three generations of Reichardt family materials, including correspondence, invitations, club and association memorabilia, programs, newsclippings, newspapers, and miscellaneous items relating to the Reichardt family.
Edward Reichardt was a retail grocer for many years and was born in Asch, Bohemia. He was the youngest of a large family that immigrated to the United States in 1854. A member of the City Council, he also served as director of the Little Rock Cotton and Produce Exchange from its creation, and was elected treasurer of the Electric Light Company. He married Pauline Brandt Reichardt in 1872. She was born in Allenkirchen, Prussia in 1850. A member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Little Rock, she was very active in the aid society of the church and was a charter member of The King's Daughters. Pauline's brothers, Otto and William Brandt, were both soldiers during the Spanish-American War, and William sent many letters back to the Reichardt family. Eva Reichardt was the oldest of four children born to Edward and Pauline. Born in 1873, her letters start in 1893 and end in 1953. Eva attended Galloway College in Searcy, Arkansas, and Vassar College in New York. She worked to organize associations across Arkansas for the School Improvement Association, after which she went to work for the Arkansas Department of Public Instruction. Eva was also active in many women's clubs. Eva and her sister, Emma, were both very active in the suffrage movement. Belonging to the Political Equality League, they campaigned for the right for women to vote and were at the signing of the 19th Amendment on Ratification Day in 1919. Eva married Brose Masingill in 1913 and they had one daughter, Charlotte. Emma Reichardt, the second daughter of Edward and Pauline, was born March 1, 1875. She graduated from Peabody High School, and on January 10, 1898, she married Jacob Hoeltzel. They had one daughter, Pauline. Emma's letters start in 1887 and continue until 1970. In 1915, she was affiliated with the "Feed Yourself" Campaign of the International Harvester Company in West Tennessee, East Arkansas, and Mississippi. She also served as Deposit Vault Supervisor with Union Mercantile Trust Company from 1919 to 1921. She held the office of Clerk of the Budget Committee with the Arkansas State Senate during 1915, and with the Arkansas House of Representatives during 1923. She worked with the Automobile License Department of the State of Arkansas from 1929 to 1930. From 1946 to 1949, she was the Representative of the Department of Arkansas Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans and on the Governor's Commission for Veterans Haven Recreational Center. She had a charter membership in the Little Rock Women's City Club and Fine Arts Club of Arkansas, and was a member of numerous other clubs and associations. An active political leader, Emma was a member of the first Woman's Suffrage League and the first League of Women Voters. She was the first woman to serve on the City Democratic Central Committee, (1920-1926), and in 1927, she became a member of the Pulaski County Quorum Court. Her obituary was in the Arkansas Gazette on March 7, 1971. Jeanette (Nettie) Reichardt was the third daughter of Edward and Pauline, and was born in 1883. This collection contains only two letters of Nettie's, one from 1895 and one from 1907. She married Dr. Milton Vaughan of Little Rock. Her obituary was in the Arkansas Gazette on March 1, 1942. Albert E. Reichardt was the oldest son of Edward and Pauline, and was born in 1879. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Albert died on March 6, 1971, the same day as his sister Emma. He left behind a daughter. Reichardt-Hoeltzel papers MS.000421 - Page 6 - Walter Frederick Reichardt was the youngest son of Edward and Pauline. In his letters, he often signed his name "Cottie," which was an affectionate name among family members. He went to Wisconsin in 1912, where he became consulting engineer for several cities. Walter was a colonel in the Corps of Engineers of the Arkansas National Guard before he went on active service during World War I. His obituary was in the Arkansas Gazette on May 8, 1957. Pauline Reichardt Hoeltzel was the daughter of Emma and Jacob Hoeltzel and granddaughter of Edward and Pauline. Born November 12, 1898, she was the third generation to live at the Reichardt home on Welch Street in Little Rock. Her letters in the collection span from 1908 to 1974. She graduated from Little Rock High School and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She taught at Dermott High School from 1919-1920, Okemah, Oklahoma High School from 1920-1921, Sheboygan, Wisconsin High School from 1921-1923, and at Little Rock High School from 1923-1927. She was affiliated with the Little Rock Junior College from 1927-1957 and Little Rock University from 1957-1964. She was a member of the Little Rock Branch of American Association of University Women, the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas and many other organizations.
Document, 8.5" x 11"
Reichardt-Hoeltzel papers, MS.000421
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Reichardt-Hoeltzel papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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