FRERICHS, Sophie 1823-1913
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Date: 3/17/2017 at 19:56:50
Mrs. Hinderk Frerichs
Mrs. Frerichs whose maiden name was Sophie Kramer was born in Fendheusen, Eastfriesland, Germany, September 8th, 1823, making her 90 years old on her last birthday. Sixty-two years ago she was married to Hinderk Frerichs. The wedding ceremony was performed in the country of Mr. and Mrs. Frerichs' birth. Twelve years ago the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and two years ago their sixtieth anniversary made an occasion and a most unusual one fore a similar celebration. At that time only one other couple lived in Grundy county who had been permitted to remain together for so long a matrimonial journey.
Mr. and Mrs. Frerichs came to this country in 1868. They spent a year at Freeport and the following year they came with their family to Grundy county. They made the trip in the customary pioneer way, in a wagon. For a year and a half they resided on one of the Wells farms near Wellsburg. They then bought the place where the Jurgen Stahl family are now living where they made their home until twenty-four years ago when they retired from active farm work and moved to Holland.
Mr. and Mrs. Frerichs were the parents of five children. They were Mrs. Asjen Freese, Harm, Dick, John and Henry. The three oldest and the three first named have preceded the mother to the home beyond. There are twenty living grandchildren and the same number of great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Frerichs was remarkably well preserved for a woman of her advanced age. It was only within the past year that her strength and vitality began to leave her gradually. A month ago she sustained a fall in her home. This accident confined her to her bed which she was not able to leave again. Her husband and her daily companion for sixty-two years is five years younger than his wife. He is heartbroken because of the separation. His comfort comes from the hope that he may soon be reunited in the land beyond to the loved one who was his daily companion for so many years.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Pfeiffer were held at the church at Holland Wednesday afternoon and a large concourse of friends attended the remains to their last resting place in the Holland cemetery.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 October 1913, pg 1
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