Biography of John Frabish
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JOHN FRABISH (deceased) belonged to that class of valued and progressive citizens to whom any community owes its advancement and prosperity, and his death was a loss to the entire county. He was born in Saxony, Germany, August 16, 1814, and was a son of Godlup Frabish, a farmer of Saxony. He acquired his education in his native town, and then began learning the shoemaker's trade. In 1838 he crossed the Atlantic to America, locating in Wheeling, W. Va., where he followed shoemaking for a short time, later coming to Ohio, where he engaged in the same pursuit in Fremont.

In 1852 Mr. Frabish became a resident of Woodville township, Sandusky county, where he pnrchased one hundred acres of land covered with timber. There were no roads in the locality, and only two other settlers in the neighborhood. In true pioneer style he began life upon this place, building a log cabin and continuing the work of cultivation and finprovement. His task was a hard one, for his farm implements were crude; but undaunted he continued his labors, cutting down the trees, removing the stumps and planting crops which soon yielded to him good harvests. He had to cut his grain with a sickle and thresh it with a flail, for the improved machinery of today was then unknown, He hauled his products to the mill at Green Springs with oxteams, a distance of twenty four miles, and there had it ground into flour that the family might have bread. He had to go to Fremont to market, and went through all the experiences and hardships of pioneer life; but time and his arduous labor brought a change, and a substantial frame residence took the place of the rude cabin, a fine orchard supplanted the wild forest trees, ditches for drainage were dug, barns and out houses were built, and all the improvements and accessories of a model farm were added. Around the home is a well kept lawn, and in front is an ornamental hedge fence, making the Frabish farm one of the finest in the township.

Mr. Frabish was married in Fremont, Ohio, in 1842, to Mrs. Rosenia (Walters) Bowers, a sister of Lewis Walters, and widow of John Bowers. For more than a quarter of a century this happy couple lived together in their cabin home, sharing in the trials of pioneer life, the wife encouraging and aiding her husband in all possible ways. She died in 1869, and in 1870 Mr. Frabish married Mrs. Hester (Mohler) Tucker, widow of Thomas Tucker, who was a native of New York, and a farmer by occupation. Removing to Ohio, he (Mr. Tucker) followed the same pursuit in Madison township, Sandusky county. He was married in Fremont in 1856 to Hester Mohler, and they became the parents of four children - Nelson Tucker, a farmer of Woodville township, Sandusky county; Addie, wife of Reuben Clink; Sebastian, who died in childhood, and Franklin, who died in infancy. Mrs. Frabish was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1833, and came to this country in 1847.

Mr. Frabish was a well known and highly esteemed citizen, and for a number of years held the office of township supervisor, being elected on the Republican ticket. He was also a director of schools for a number of years, taking a deep interest in the cause of education. He was unfaltering in his support of the Republican party, and in his religious views was a German Methodist. His life was that of an upright and just man, whose kindness and generosity were manifest toward all. He was a loving husband and good neighbor, his genial disposition winning for him many friends, and making him very popular with all classes of people. His integrity and honor were above question, and his fidelity to the best interests of his adopted county was shown in his devotion to everything calculated to prove of public benefit indeed, this Biographical Record would be incomplete without a sketch of his life. He passed away in 1892 at the advanced age of seventy seven years, five months, twelve days, mourned by all who knew him. Mrs. Frabish, a most estimable lady, still resides on the homestead, which is now operated by her son, Nelson Tucker, who was married, in 1882. to Miss Emma Rearick, of Woodville, Sandusky Co., Ohio, and resides with his mother. She is now surrounded with the comforts of life, and enjoys the esteem of a large circle of friends.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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