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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephen W. Reiss  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in San Luis Obispo, California


-- Stephen W. Reiss on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stephen+w.+reiss


Illinois Connection

Reiss has lived in Peoria and nearby Dunlap since 1966 when he began what became a 40-year career with Caterpillar. He have written six family history books dealing with the Reiss Family Farm in St. Clair County and his relatives who lived there. According to the Illinois Sesquicentennial Farm Registry, that is the oldest lineally owned farm in St. Clair County, having been established by Reiss’ great great grandfather in 1834.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reiss earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and his MBA from Bradley University in Peoria. He was employed 40 years by Caterpillar in Peoria including five years in South Korea and Hong Kong.


Published Works

    It Takes A Matriarch, 780 family letters from 1852 to 1888, Author House, 2009Granger, Quilter, Grandma, Matriarch, Life on the Reiss Family Farm 1944 - 1948, Author House, 2012Quilter, Granger, Grandma, Matriarch, Life on the Reiss Family Farm 1949 - 1953, Author House, 2008Reiss Dairy, Famous for milk bottles with poems, Author House, 2009Family, Farming and Freedom, 55 years of professional & personal writings by Irwin H. Reiss, Author House, 2010From Burma With Love, Fifteen months of daily letters between Irwin and Mary Reiss during World War II, Author House, 2011


Selected Titles At Your Library

It takes a matriarch :
ISBN: 1438959877. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. 2009.

Granger, quilter, grandma, matriarch :
ISBN: 1468559036. OCLC Number:

Authorhouse,. Bloomington, IN :. ©2012.

A diary written by Catherine Reiss which recounts life on her family farm between the years of 1944-1948.

Quilter, granger, grandma, matriarch :
ISBN: 1438927568. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. 2008.

This is the first book of a four-book collection relaying the history of the Reiss and Basler families who settled on a small farm in St. Clair County, Illinois in the early 1800s. This diary, written by Katie Reiss, covers her life from 1949 to 1953 and gives the reader a feel for what life was like on the Reiss Family Farm in the German heritage of southern Illinois.

Reiss Dairy :
ISBN: 1438986203. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, Ind. :. 2009.

Family, farming and freedom :
ISBN: 1449088732. OCLC Number:

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From Burma with love :
ISBN: 1449066542. OCLC Number:

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A collection of letters between husband and wife Irwin and Mary Reiss, spanning a period of fifteen months during which Mr. Reiss was on military compaign in Burma and India.


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