Viewing August V. Rieke (1865-1944).
August Victor Rieke was born at the end of the Civil War and died during World War Two. Raised on his father's farm in Renville County, he worked in several agricultural businesses before turning at age twenty-eight to the law. Admitted to the bar he was elected as a Republican to two terms as Renville County Attorney, 1899-1903, followed by one term in the state Senate, 1903-1907. He was a sole practitioner until 1909 when he formed a partnership with Alfred U. Hamrum to assist in his growing practice. In 1912 they relocated to Minneapolis. Two years later, he ran as the Progressive Party candidate for attorney general but was walloped by Lyndon A. Smith the Republican incumbent. In the mid-1920s his daughter, Bonita, and son, Maurice, joined his firm. He died on January 16, 1944, at age seventy-eight. A few months later his son delivered a warm eulogy at memorial proceedings of the Hennepin County Bar Association.