Charles Reiffel’s father came to the United States from Bavaria at the end of 1840s, and the artist’s mother was born in Virginia.
Charles Reiffel was born on April 9, 1862, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. He was a son of Jacob Reiffel and Nancy Ellen Marshall.
Reiffel spent his childhood in Indianapolis and in Kansas City, Missouri. He barely revealed himself as a future distinguished artist.