BIRTH 17 Jun 1842 Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
DEATH 30 Jul 1901 Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
BURIAL Walnut Hill Cemetery Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of Belleville's most widely known and highly respected citizens. Shortly before 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon announcement was made of the death of Hon. Phillip Rhein, late Sheriff and County Clerk of St. Clair County, who passed away at his home on North Jackson street after an illness of but one week, brought on by heat prostration.
Deceased was 59 years of age, and was born in Rhenish, Bavaria, on June 17, 1842. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip [and Elizabeth Rothley] Rhein, with whom he journeyed to America in the year of 1857, settling in Madison county, Ill., on a farm where he resided with his parents until they were called away by death. He received the greater part of his education in the excellent schools of his native land, but upon arrival here attended the public schools of Madison county for a short period, after which he engaged in farming.
After several years spent on the farm he came to Belleville and engaged in the wholesale liquor business, which he conducted until 1873, when he was appointed to fill the position of Deputy County Clerk, which position he held until 1882, when he was elected to the office of County Clerk.
He was married to Miss Wilhelmina Oster, a native of Grand Duchy of Nassau, on December 10, 1871.
Ten children were born of the union, who with the bereaved widow, remain to mourn the loss of his death:
Frieda, wife of Ferdinand Schrader
Tillie, wife of Justice Louis E. Wangelin
Hannah [Johanna] Rhein
He was a member of the Liederkranz, Krothal-Liedertafel, Philharmonic Society and Belleville Turnverein.
Mr. Rhein had been many times elected to office by the people of St. Clair county. He was County Clerk form 1882 to 1894. In the year 1895 he was elected Sheriff of this county to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late Sheriff Weckler, and served until the end of his term. He acted as first deputy under the lamented Sheriff Herman Barnickol, holding the position until the election of John Kirckham to that office. Of late, Mr. Rhein had done clerical work in various offices in the Court House.
Mr. Rhein was of a genial and sociable disposition, loved by all who knew him. This was shown by the hearty support he received whenever he aspired to office. His loss will be greatly regretted by the people of Belleville and St. Clair county in general. It was said of him that he knew more people in St. Clair county than any other man.
Belleville News Democrat
July 30, 1901