Biography of George H. Frey
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





GEORGE H. FREY, Ex-President of Board of County Commissioners, Springfield. Mr. Frey is a native of New York, being born in Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., Dec. 19, 1825, his parents, Samuel C. and Susan C. (Calhoun) Frey. coming to Stark County, Ohio, in 1838; they were the parents of Mary A., George H. and Andrew C.; Mary and George were born in New York, and Andrew in Canada; when the rebellion in Canada was at its height, in 1836, Samuel Frey was living in Brockville, engaged in the wholesale and retail jewelry business; being an influential man, and in sympathy with the cause of the Reformers, he was very obnoxious to the British crown, and, upon the destruction of a ship used in transporting Her Majesty's soldiers, the British Government, attempted his arrest; he escaped to Ohio, where he was afterward joined by his family. George, the subject of this sketch, came to Clark County in 1847, having previously studied law with Hiram Griswold, of Canton, Ohio; he was admitted to the bar at Xenia, Ohio, in June of the same year, and associated in business with Gem Charles Anthony, of Springfield; he afterward formed a partnership with R. R. McNemar; during this time, he became connected with the Cincinnati & Sandusky Telegraphs Company, first as operator, then Superintendent, and finally President of the company, while its organization was maintained. In 1854, he purchased an interest in the Springfield Republic, and had for eight years almost exclusive management of its business interests, and nlso of the editorial department; the steady work of from twelve to sixteen hours daily, together with the close confinement, told upon his health until he was compelled to relinquish the business, and he disposed of his interest, as did also W. C. Frye (another member of the firm), to W. T. Cogshall, late Minister to Ecuador; since that time, Mr. Frey has devoted his time in the management of his extensive limestone quarry, and has adopted the latest improved methods for the manufacture of lime, thus largely increasing the production and decreasing the expenses of its manufacture, until the business has become moderately remunerative. He has been, at different times, a Director of the S., J. & P. R. R, of which corporation he was President during the last year of its existence; he was the originator of that enterprise, and was certainly in at the death. Since coming to Springfield, he has held official positions, and his greatest pride is taken in helping forward the business enterprises for which Springfield is noted. For two years, he has been President of the Board of Commissioners, having been connected with that body during the past five years; they have built the Children's Home, made valuable improvements to the County Infirmary, and built the best jail and court house in the State, at a cost of only $100,000; the jail is unexceptionably good, all sanitary conditions, as well as security for prisoners, being taken into consideration, and to Mr. Frey belongs the credit of perfecting the plans, which he has so successfully carried out. This board have so managed that Clark County has 1 per cent less taxation than the general average of taxation in other counties in the State. The marriage of George H. Frey and Miss Jane Q. Ward was solemnized July 8, 1851; their union has been blessed with twelve children, eight of whom are now living; Isaac W., the oldest son, is the husband of Miss Annie M. Wilson; George H., Jr., is a student at law; Frederick H., Albert C., Robert R, and Andrew B. (twins), Susie (a survivor of a pair of twins), and Rachel J. (also a survivor of a pair of twins). The children have all been highly favored in an educational way, and are an honor to their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Frey are both members of the Second Presbyterian Church, and enjoy the highest esteem of a larger circle of acquaintances.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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