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Daniel C. and Mary Riehl

Daniel C. Riehl

Daniel Charles Riehl was born at St. Louis, Missouri, May 1, 1847, and died at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, September 27, 1919. His father and mother were born in Alsace, and came to this country immediately after their marriage, settling near St. Louis. When he was four years old his father died. His uncle who owned the largest carriage factory at that time west of the Alleghenies, told him that he would establish him in business, or would give him a medical education, fully equip him for the work of a doctor and give him $1,000 besides. Daniel was converted when ten years of age. It seemed to him that God was right there. He put up his hand and told God to lead him all his life. He came to think he ought to enter the ministry. His uncle told him if he did, nothing would be done for him. Daniel left his position and went to Adrian, Mich., where he spent a year and a half in college. Afterwards he studied seven years, four in Northwestern University and three in Garrett Biblical Institute. Later for many years he was a trustee of Northwestern University. He served the following charges: Berrien Springs, Sheridan, Ada, Grandville, Palo, Edmore, St. Louis, Reed City, Quincy. Then for six years on account of his wife's health he was out of the pastorate, and in evangelistic work. Afterwards he was pastor of Ninde church, Detroit; Pierson, Stanwood, Big Rapids, Third Avenue; Cedar Springs, Richland, Climax, Augusta, Oshtemo, Saranac, Caledonia and Allen. He took the retired relation at the conference of 1918. After his retirement he went to Iowa and lived with his son-in-law, Prof. Robert Cornell. When partially recovered his indomitable spirit asserted itself, and he supplied a charge in Iowa for several months. He longed for Michigan and for his own conference, and came to the conference of 1919 at Lansing vigorously and cheerfully declaiming that he was ready for work. He was appointed to supply a pastorate, but was taken ill and after an operation in Bronson Hospital he died.

Six churches were built during his pastorates, much of the work being done by his own hands. He remodeled ten churches and one parsonage. He never left a dollar of debt in all that work. For eighteen years he served as Chairman of the Board of Stewards of this Conference giving himself in unstinted devotion to the interests of that work. This devotion the Conference recognized by electing him as delegate to two General Conferences those of 1912 and 1916. There his knowledge of facts and figures made him influential in shaping the legislation for the support of Conference Claimants.

He was married October 22, 1879, to Mary A. Davids, who died in 1910. Нis wife broke down in body and mind in 1889 and lived twenty years after that. Brother Riehl left two daughters, Evangeline M., his home maker and good comrade, after his wife's death, and Gertrude, the wife of Robert Cornell, an instructor in Kalamazoo College.

There never was a loftier, nobler spirit in the great Michigan Conference among the many good men who have been in its fellowship. Many greatly honored and loved him; among whom was the writer.

For the last year of his life he often thought with joy of the ovation his brethren gave him, when he took the retired relation and at the same time closed his eighteen years of service as chairman of the Conference Board of Stewards, a work he had loved.

His funeral services were held in Kalamazoo First church and were conducted by the writer, who had conducted the funeral services of Mrs. Riehl, and by W.I. Cogshall, M.L. Fox, Edwin Tench, W.F. Kendrick. About thirty of his ministerial brethren walked before his coffin as honorary pall bearers. His body was laid beside his wife in the cemetery at Oshtemo.


- Michigan Annual Conference minutes of 1920, pp. 78-80

Mrs. Mary A. Riehl

Mary A. Davids was born in Danby, Mich., February 10, 1857, and died in Oshtemo, Mich., October 10, 1910. She grew to young womanhood in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Davids.

October 22, 1879, she was married to Rev. Daniel C. Riehl of the Michigan Conference. Two daughters came to gladden their home, Miss Evangeline M. Riehl and Mrs. Robert F. Cornell, of Delton, Mich. She leaves an aged mother, three brothers, one Rev. J.W. Davids, of the Michigan Conference; a husband and two daughters to rejoice in the grace of God, which has always been sufficient in every time of need. Mrs. Riehl was converted in early childhood, and lived a consistent Christian life all her days. For twenty-three years she was an invalid, enduring much suffering with true Christian resignation and cheerfulness. A good mother, true wife and loyal friend, she was fully prepared to depart this life and be with Christ. Her end was both joyful and peaceful. Our parting word is "To meet again."


- Michigan Annual Conference minutes of 1911, p. 557