Michael's obit states that he came to America in 1859 with one of his brothers and stopped in Dubuque, Iowa, where he worked at various trades until 1880. He was listed in one census (date forgotten) as a farm hand on the Steen farm in Elkader, Iowa. There he met Dora Steen and they were married.
Some, or a lot of Luxemburgers, came through the New Orleans Port and made their way up the river to Dubuque. I've been wanting to check out the New Orleans' ship manifests but have not found out how to go about it. That's one area that boggles my mind for some reason.
I'm reasonably sure that Michael came over with his younger brother Nicholas. How Nicholas disappeared is still a mystery to me.
There is a slim possibililty that Nicholas ended up in Lafayette, Indiana. My wife and I used to travel to Lafayette back when our boys were in college at Purdue. I drove past the Reifers Furniture Store several times and finally went in and introduced myself. The bad part, and I'm still kicking myself for it, as at that time I hadn't gotten into researching the family and had no idea about Nicholas. If we would have remained in Indianapolis it would be easy to drive up there, call the Reifers, check cemeteries and the like.
There is a strong possibility that Michael's brother somehow ended up in Lafayette.
Incidently, all of "our" Reifers' records from Luxembourg spell the name with 2 f's. So, a great number of 1 f Reifers are connected some how.
Small wonder with 12 and 13 kids apiece.
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