Sophia Rohlf Schuller Reher Obituary

Sophia Reher

From the January 27, 1907 Grand Island Independent



Despondency Following Breakdown is Cause

A most regrettable affair took place this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Reher on the old Schuller farm, about a mile and a half southeast of the city, when Mrs. John Reher, formerly Mrs. John Schuller, committed suicide by shooting herself through the head with a revolver.

Mr. and Mrs. Reher had risen as usual in the morning and had breakfasted. Mr. Reher had gone over to another house on the same farm to get some milk. When he returned the kitchen was vacant, so far as Mrs. Reher was concerned, but nothing was thought of the matter until Mr. Reher discerned a peculiar odor. Going through the house and looking about he found Mrs. Reher on the bed with a revolver lying close by, dead. Horrified, he immediately notified other members of the family and the county officers and Sheriff Sievers immediately made an investigation ascertaining the above facts.

In addition thereto, it has been learned by the sheriff that Mrs. Reher some months ago suffered a nervous breakdown and at that time, during a spell of melancholia, threatened to end her misery by taking her own life. Little, however, was thought of it and her action this morning was a complete surprise.

Mrs. Sophia Fredericka Reher was born in Holstein, Germany, March 7, 1849, being the daughter of Joachim Christian and Anna Christina Rohlf. She came to America with her parents in 1873. On reaching the country, the family came directly to Hall County, Nebraska. She was the second of a family of six children. She was married to John Schuller, the third postmaster of Grand Island, and sometimes referred to as the first real postmaster. Some years after his death, she was united in a second wedlock to Mr. John Reher. Three children remain to mourn her, namely Mrs. Lena Meyer, John Schuller and Mrs. ____ Faldorf of Hamilton County.

Sophia Rohlf and her parents came to America on the same ship, Frisia, and on the same voyage as Johann Reher and Christian Reher and their families.


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