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David Rinsey is the senior member of the firm of Rinsey & Seabolt, proprietors of one of the best patronized groceries and bakeries in the city of Ann Arbor. Our subject was born in Baden, Germany, December 9, 1838, and is a native of the village of Altenshawant. He is the second son of John and Mary (Baumgarten) Rinsey, who were engaged in agriculture. The school days of David Rinsey were passed in Basil, Switzerland, and after finishing his school days he worked as an apprentice in a bakery for eighteen months.

In the fall of 1854 our subject came to the United States, attracted hither by the enlarged prospects and advantages offered to a young man. He landed from the boat in New York and went thence to Tiffin, Ohio, and from the latter place came to Ann Arbor. For seven years after coming here he worked by the month on a farm, receiving $50 for his first year's labor and more as his services grew more valuable. After the first three years he was engaged with C.H. Richmond and remained with him for four years. He then engaged with Slawson & Son, where he acted as clerk in a general store and was engaged in that capacity until 1867, when he started in business for himself, forming a partnership with Moses Seabolt under the firm name of Rinsey & Seabolt.

Embarking first in the grocery business the firm afterward added a bakery, which they still run in connection with their other interests and at the present time, as will be seen by consulting dates, the partnership has lasted for more than 25 years. The firm carry a large and well selected stock of goods and are among the largest dealers in the city. They have an extensive acquaintance with the best people of the town and their reputation for uprightness of dealing and honor is such as to give them a prominent place among the business men.

The firm first started in business in a small brick block and continued there until 1876 when they built an addition and put on a more attractive front to the place, thus giving more room. In connection with the bakery and grocery business, the firm handle flour on a large scale. Both partners are practical business men whose foresight and judgment can be relied upon.

Our subject outside of his business life is in the enjoyment of a very pleasant home which is made attractive and homelike by his gentle and yet dignified wife. Their marriage was solemnized in September 1869. The bride was Miss Janet Miller of Ypsilanti, daughter of Frederick Miller; her parents were formerly from Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Rinsey have six children, four girls and two boys - Mary, Ellen, Lulu, Stella, J. Frank and George H. They are all bright and intelligent young people with fair prospects in life to become not only useful and honored members of society but distinguished as men and women of intellect.

Mr. Rinsey is a Director and stockholder in the Ann Arbor Savings Bank and also a prominent member of the Fruit and Vinegar Company. In their church relations he with the members of his family are connected with the St. Thomas Catholic Church of which he is one of the Trustees. He resides at No. 26 N. Divison Street. His home was quite recently built and is of elegant construction. The latest style of architecture has been employed and the most perfect taste has been brought to bear in the finishing and furnishing. It is surrounded by a beautiful lawn and has choice shade trees of various varieties. The success which has attended our subject is the more flattering as when coming to Ann Arbor he had but $5 in money. He is now the owner of a large amount of valuable property.
Source: Portraits and Biographical - 1891

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