History


We have traced the Dahlenburg Family back to the mid 1800’s where John Dahlenburg and his wife Marie lived in Mecklenburg, Germany.  This is in northern Germany close to Hamburg, Germany.  John was a farmer and they had a son named William.  John was killed in a farm accident and Marie re-marries a man by the name of William Heuser and they along with her son William move to America in 1873.  They came to Monticello, Indiana and farmed the McCain Farm south of town.  William Heuser also adopted Wilhelmine (Minnie) Jacobs who later marries William Dahlenburg.

William Dahlenburg was educated in Germany and at the age of 15 he learned the Tinner trade.  He later gave up this trade to take over the farm in Honey Creek Township that his step father could no longer farm due to a gun accident.  In 1884 William and Minnie moved to the present day Dahlenburg farm just east of Reynolds, Indiana.  William and Minnie had 10 children, and their son Walter born in 1898 is Rob’s Great Grandfather.

Walter lived on that same farm in Reynolds until he died in 1983.  He married Gladys Marie Demaray and they had four sons and one still born daughter.  The first three of these sons made their careers as carpenters.

Carpentry was a very necessary skill for the farmers of the time.  When William and Walter moved to those farms they had to build grain sheds, corn cribs, tool sheds, and as the families grew they added on to the houses.  Both the homes of William and Walter are still standing as well as some of the corn cribs, chicken houses, and tool sheds.

After Herbert, the eldest son, graduated from Reynolds High School, he knew that there was not enough farm ground to support all of the boys.  He liked to make things out of wood, so he began to build things for the neighbors.  When second son, Richard, graduated from Reynolds High School, he and Herbert formed a partnership called Dahlenburg Brothers.  Richard and third son Dale served in the Marines and Army respectfully, and both returned to Reynolds to work with Dahlenburg Brothers.  Many other men have worked for Dahlenburg Brothers over the years.  They particularly liked to hire college boys to help in the summer.  One man by the name of Glen Ruemler returned from the service and worked his entire career with Dahlenburg Brothers.

Dahlenburg Brothers built many houses over the years as well as grain elevators, and other commercial buildings.  There has not been an official count of the numbers, but it is in the hundreds of houses.

Dahlenburg Brothers has been dissolved now and all of the members are retired.  Herbert died in 2007, but this was after he saw his son Roger, and Grandson, Rob start the next generation called Dahlenburg Construction.

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