Minneapolis Messenger, Ottawa County, Kansas, Feb. 24, 1944, page 4:
MATTHEW REH DIED AT HOME NEAR NILES
Matthew Reh, well known Lincoln twinship farmer, died some time last week end at his home about two and a half miles north of Niles, where he had been living alone for some time. Mrs. Reh and daughter Wanda have been living at Salina and it was Matt's custom to go over for Sunday as a usual thing. He had been there on Wednesday, however, so little was thought of it.
Monday one of the neighbors dropped in and found stock uncared for. Further investigation resulted in finding Mr. Reh dead in bad at the house. Coroner R.S. Todd and Sheriff Fetters were called and went down to investigate.
There was no evidence of any trouble and Mr. Reh appeared to have been dead at least two or three days. His butane gas stove was still burning and the house was warm. He was known to have the flu and had been last observed on Thursday of last week. It is presumed he may have died that night. All evidence indicated that he had slipped away quietly perhaps from heart failure brought on by the flu.
Mr. Reh was 66 years of age. He was born in Germany on Dec. 7, 1878, and came to America with his parents when he was only a year old He had lived in this county most of the time since then. He is survived by his wife and daughter, of Salina; two step-daughters and a step-son, Mrs. Florence Balance and Miss Buryl Donaldson of Denver and Durwood Donaldson of Longford. He also leaves one brother and one sister, John Reh of Bennington and Mrs. Anna Breithaupt, of Culver.
The deceased was a member of the Bennington Presbyterian church. Funeral services were held from that church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Pfautz in charge. Interment was made in Bennington cemetery.