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Reuchlin Wright (1861 - 1920)

Reuchlin (Reuch) Wright
Born in Fowlerton, Grant County, Indianamap
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Husband of — married 1886 [location unknown]
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Died at age 59 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Reuchlin 'Reuch' Wright, first son of Milton and Susan C. Wright, brother to Wilbur and Orville Wright, was born 17 Mar 1861 in Fowlerton, Grant County, Indiana.[1]

Reuchlin spent a year at Western College near Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1879, then briefly taught elementary school . He spent another year at Hartville College, IN with his brother, Lorin and took a job as a clerk in a lumberyard in Dayton, OH.


Reuchlin married Lulu Billheimer in 1886 and had a daughter, Catherine Louise, a year later.

Reuch (pronounced Roosh) had a difficult time earning a living in Dayton, and moved to Kansas City in 1889 where he found work as a bookkeeper with another lumber company. That job proved a dead end, and he took another with a railroad. In 1901, he moved to a farm near Tonganoxie, Kansas, where he raised cattle and seed corn. His daughter, Catherine died soon after moving west, but Reuch and Lullu had three more children, Helen Margaret, Herbert, and Bertha Ellwyn.


Reuch died 23 May 1920 (aged 59) in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Find A Grave: Memorial #6738988[2]


  1. FindAGrave: [1]
  2. "A Wright Brother Dies." The Topeka Daily Capital 24 May 1920: 4. Print.

See also:

  • "United States Census, 1880," [2] : 13 August 2016, Reuchlin Wright in household of Milton Wright, Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 255, sheet 53A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0351; FHL microfilm 1,254,351.
  • "Kansas State Census, 1915," [3] : 13 October 201), Ruechlin Wright, Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas, United States; citing Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas, United States, 100, 22, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka.

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Death date 23 MAY 1920
posted by Robert Kutz