Anthony Ries
First mayor of North Platte, Government Leader


Anthoney Ries was born in Baden, Germany on March 10, 1845, he came to America with his parents in 1850, locating in Milwaukee, Wis., and lived there until he came to Nebraska. He enlisted in Company F, Fifty-first Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in 1864, and participated in guerrilla warfare in Missouri. He was mustered out in Madison, Wis., in July, 1865, and moved to Omaha in the spring of 1868. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad Company as gang foreman of car repair shops four years; then moved to North Platte, and in June, 1872, became foreman of the car department, which position he filled until April 1, 1882, when he resigned. He was appointed Postmaster in March and confirmed April 12, 1882. North Platte was organized as a city December 28, 1875, with Anthony Reis as the first Mayor, being elected in the spring of 1875, and re-elected by unanimous vote the following spring to the same office. He was elected a member of the State Legislature in the fall of 1876; elected County Treasurer in the fall of 1878; re-elected to the same office in the fall of 1880. He was married in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1866, to Miss Lena Burke, of Milwaukee. In 1890, they had two children-Anthony and Jessie.

Sources:
Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, 1882, published by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, Illinois.
Johnson's History of Nebraska, Harrison Johnson, Omaha, Published by Henry Gibson, Herald Printing House, 1880.
Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences, Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1916, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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