Frank Frey was born January 10, 1953 in East Palmyra, Wayne County, NY. He was the sixth child of Adam Frey of Bingen am Rhein, Germany and Christina Nusbickel Frey of Wöllstein, Rheinhessen, Germany. Frank moved from Wayne County, NY to Clarinda, Page County, IA where he met and married Melissa A. Jacobus about 1878. Melissa was the eldest child of James H. Jacobus.
1853 - 1901
Over the next 22 years, Frank and Melissa were the parents of twelve children, seven boys and five girls. This was a lot of children, even by Frey standards. They might have had even more if it weren't for that dreadful day__ The story goes that Frank, aged 48, was out in the countryside signing up people for a new phone line when he was caught in a sudden rainstorm. He caught a cold from that rain and it turned to pneumonia. He died April 10th, 1901 and was buried in the Hazelwood section of the Clarinda cemetery. His youngest daughter, Helen Lora, was only one year old.
Clarinda, Iowa, April, 1901
Frank Frey died at his home three and one-half miles north of Clarinda, last Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock, after an illness of twelve days from pneumonia. Deceased was born in East Palmyra, N. Y. on January 12, 1853 and came to Page County in 1878. He was married to Miss Malissa A. Jacobus, of Emporia, KS., on May 10, 1879. They returned to New York for two years, then came back in 1882 to Iowa, where they have lived ever since. Twelve children have been born to them, ten of them still surviving. They are:-Emma, Charles, Clarence, Alice, Ethel, Claude, Harvey, Ralph, Donald, and Helen, the last named being on year old. Mr. Frey is one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of this part of the country. He has been a member of the Christian church of this city for some years, and has always been an honorable, upright, and industrious man. Besides his immediate family, nine brothers and sisters survive him, as follows;-Fred and Adam of East Palmyra, N. Y.; John and Will, of Newark, N.Y.; Charles, of Fairville, N.Y.; Mrs. Kate Conine, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Mrs. P.H. Lux, of Burlington, Mich. Mrs. Lux and her husband, with Mrs. John Frey, are here to attend the funeral service, which will be held at the home this afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. T. Fisher, assisted by Dr. T. C. Smith. Interment in Clarinda cemetery.
Newark Courier-Gazette, April, 1901
Last week we spoke of the illness of Frank Frey, of Clarinda, Iowa, and this we we are called upon to make the sad announcement of his death, which occurred April 11, the disease being pneumonia. Mrs. John Frey who left for the west as soon as the news came of Frank's serious illness, reached his home for about two hours before he breathed his last. This is a great affliction not only to his family but to his brothers and sisters. He leaves a wife and ten children, the oldest son being about nineteen years old. He leaves five brothers in the vicinity of Newark, Fred, Adam, William, John and Charles, and one brother Edward in the far west. The sisters are: Mrs. Libbie Boeheim, of Lyons, N.Y.; Mrs. Kate Conine, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Mrs. P. H. Lux, of Burlington, Mich. Mrs. Lux, and her husband with Mrs. John Frey, were present at the funeral. The age of the deceased was 48 years. He grew up with the family near Newark and had a host of friends here. He revisited this place a few years since and was cordially welcomed. At Clarinda where he has long resided he was greatly respected. At the time of his death he was road commissioner, the first Democrat ever elected to that office in that town. We think he had lived in the west eighteen years, and he had by hard work and good management accumulate quite a............?
Frank Frey Monument, Clarinda, IA
Cemetery Record City of Clarinda, Iowa
Frank Frey's Home North of Clarinda - about 1910
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