Biography of Conrad Frey
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CONRAD FREY. In the death of Conrad Frey on July 10, 1899, Perkins Township sustained the loss of an excellent and high minded citizen, a man whose rugged integrity commanded confidence and esteem, and who well deserved all the success and popularity that came to him during his many years of residence in Erie County.

A resident of this county for half a century, Conrad Frey was born in Baden, Germany, January 4, 1836, a son of Conrad and Julia (Wells) Frey. In 1848 the family left Baden and by one of the old time and tedious sailing voyages arrived in America. They made settlement near Sandusky, in Perkins Township, and both the parents died in this county. Conrad Frey was about twelve years old when he came to this county, and his education, begun in the public schools of his native land, was continued in English schools here. He was self supporting before he reached adult years, and by close attention to business and economy became head of a home and family and always bore a reputation for upright living and public spirited citizenship. During most of his active career he engaged in gardening and also conducted a retail butcher business. At various times his fellow citizens entrusted him with public responsibilities and for nine years he was a constable in Perkins Township, and for three years, one term, was a director of the Erie County Infirmary. In politics he was a republican.

On November 7, 1860, Mr. Frey married Miss Johanna Plate, who was born in Prussia, Germany, February 9, 1842. Her parents, Carl and Marie (Cook) Plate, both natives of Prussia, brought their children to America in 1850, when Mrs. Frey was about eight years of age. They located in Erie County, lived for a time in Sandusky, where her father taught a German school, and finally made permanent settlement in Perkins Township not far from the city. There her father died in August, 1874, while her mother had passed away in 1861. Mrs. Frey, who is still living at the old home on rural route No. 1 out of Sandusky, became the mother of eleven children, and the seven now living are: Louise M., wife of Walter Patterson, of Cleveland; Charles C., of Perkins Township; Frederick C., of Sandusky; Emma, wife of Frederick Moss, of Leamington, Ontario; Mary, wife of James Werner of Perkins Township; Conrad, whose home is in Cleveland; and Carrie S., widow of Edgar Brennan, late of Perkins Township. Mrs. Frey is an interesting lady, has a large circle of friends in her home township, and is a member of the German Evangelical Association in Sandusky. She and her daughter, Mrs. Brennan, occupy the old home.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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