Friday, May 15, 2015

Frank Reis and Carry Me Home

Reis, Frank J. (January 1862—Janurary 12, 1929) was the son of Xavier Francis Reis and Helena Sutterer. They immigrated to the United States from Baden, Germany in 1853, and Frank was born in Ohio. Frank Reis married Mary Meineke (1861—1927) circa 1885. She was also born in Germany. He worked as a typesetter from 1880 through 1900 (based on censuses). In 1910 he was described as a "Printer" in the industry of "Music." In 1920 he is occupation is a "Prop" (proprietor?) of a Music Printing Company. Frank and Mary are buried in the Vine Street Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. With Ernst Friedrich, also a Cincinnati music typesetter, he sang the duet that W. M. Cooper used to arrange the tune on page 386 of The Sacred Harp, Revised and Improved, 1902. Cooper had the song book printed in Cincinnati, so may have became acquainted with them and their song through that process.
386      Carry Me Home (“as sung by” w/Ernst Friedrich)

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