Rudolph and His Danz Partner

Rudolph Bernhart Reisenbichler was born on April 4, 1887, so he is today’s birthday boy.  If he was alive today, this would have been his 133rd birthday.  Rudolph was the 4th child of his mother, Anna Maria (Pilz) Reisenbichler, but the 6th child of his father, Gottlieb Reisenbichler.  Gottlieb and his first wife, Anna Putz, had 2 children.  Rudolph was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  Here is his baptism record.

Rudolph Reisenbichler baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Rudolph Reisenbichler baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

If you want a refresher course in the early history of the Reisenbichler name in this area, you can return to the post titled, Reisenbichler Roots.

About 6 months later during that same year, Rudolph’s future wife was born on October 1, 1887 and baptized at the same church.  Her name was Lena Danz, the daughter of Emil and Pauline (Koch) Danz.  Members of this extended Danz family sometimes can be found with their name spelled as Tanz.  Last month, I wrote a story about Herman Tanz titled, The Birth of a Dance Man.  Herman would have been Lena’s Uncle Herman, even though it seems Herman used the spelling Tanz, and Lena’s family used the spelling Danz.  Below is Lena’s baptism record from the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells.

Lena Danz baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Lena Danz baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

When these two are found in their first census in 1900, we find Rudolph in the Shawnee Township and Lena in the Apple Creek Township.  These two townships are adjacent to one another, and members of Immanuel, New Wells lived in both of them.  Here is the Reisenbichler family in Shawnee Township.  Rudolph was 13 years old.

Rudolph Reisenbichler 1900 census Shawnee Township MO
1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Next, here is the Danz family in Apple Creek Township.  The census was taken before Lena’s 13th birthday in October, so she is shown as being 12 years old.

Lena Danz 1900 census Apple Creek Township MO
1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

There was one other census record for these two before they were married.  In the 1910 census, we see these two still living in the same townships.  Rudolph, however, was working as a 23 year-old farm laborer on the John Meyr farm.

Rudolph Reisenbichler 1910 census Shawnee Township MO
1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Lena, on the other hand, was still in her parents’ household.  She was 22 years old.

Lena Danz 1910 census Apple Creek Township MO
1910 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

On May 24, 1914, Rudolph Reisenbichler was united with his official Danz partner, Lena.  They were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells.  Below is the church record for this wedding.

Reisenbichler Danz marriage record Immanuel New Wells MO
Reisenbichler/Danz marriage record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

We can also view the civil marriage license for Rudolph and Lena.  This document says that Rudolph was from Pocahontas, Missouri, and Lena was from Shawneetown, Missouri.

Reisenbichler Danz marriage license Cape Girardeau County MO
Reisenbichler/Danz marriage license

Here is the wedding photo of Rudolph and Lena.

Rudolph and Lena Danz Reisenbichler wedding
Rudolph and Lena Reisenbichler

When Rudolph had his World War I draft registration completed in 1917, it said he had one child.

Rudolph Reisenbichler – WWI draft registration

One other child was born before the next census in 1920.  The family was living in the Shawnee Township.

Rudolph Reisenbichler 1920 census Shawnee Township MO
1920 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Two more children were born in the 1920’s, bringing their total number of children to four.  We find this family of 6 in the 1930 census.

Rudolph Reisenbichler 1930 census Shawnee Township MO
1930 census – Shawnee Township, MO

There are presently 26 family trees on that include Rudolph Reisenbichler, and I did not find even one of them that displayed this family in the 1940 census.  I, too, did a search for them in that year’s census.  I tried several misspellings of the surname Reisenbichler in my effort.  I was unsuccessful.  Maybe one of our readers can find them.  They really ought to be listed in the 1940 census in the Shawnee Township  because we still find their address in that location when Rudolph had to complete his World War II draft card in 1942.

Rudolph Reisenbichler – WWII draft card

In 1964, Rudolph and Lena celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and had this photo taken.

Rudolph Reisenbichler family
Rudolph and Lena Reisenbichler – 50th wedding anniversary

Rudolph Reisenbichler died in 1969 at the age of 81; Lena Reisenbichler died in 1970 at the age of 82.  Right now, the public can only view Missouri death certificates through 1968, so we cannot display those.  Sometime over the years, this couple must have become members of Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas because it is in their cemetery in which we find them buried.


There are not many people dancing these days.  If there is any dancing being done now, it is done by married couples in their homes or at the required social distance from others.  I guess I take a little comfort in taking a look at a couple that included a person who had a surname associated with the German word for dance…tanz.  I wish we had photos of this couple, even if they do not show them dancing.

***Thanks to James Duitsman for contributing the wedding and anniversary photos after we first published this post.  It has now been updated with those photos.

One thought on “Rudolph and His Danz Partner

  1. Thanks! This is my grandfather. I do have a photo of their wedding and 50th anniversary.


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