|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1852|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1936|
Crossville Chronicle September 17, 1936
John Frey was born in Erie, Pa October 25, 1852 and died at Pleasant Hill September 10, 1936, 83 years 10 months and 16 days. His adult life covered almost the entire history of this community to which he came when he was about 18 years old. His father, John A Frey, was not well in their Pennsylvania home and hearing from someone that he was likely to find this climate much better for him, he moved his family here against the advice of physicians who said that he had almost no time to live in any case. The family, consisting of the mother and father and 7 children (John, Mary, Liza, Charles, Millie, Dorothy and Frank) came by train to McMinnville and then made their way to Pleasant Hill by wagon.
They were soon active in all the life of this section; the father gained health and lived for 20 years. Two more children, Lou and Annie, were born after coming to Tennessee.
The father soon started a store, the only one in this region, in the house which is which is now called The Homestead on the hospital property. Goods had to be hauled from Nashville or Rockwood by wagon.
John, the eldest child, had learned carpentering with his father in Pennsylvania and took a man's part in the work of the family and neighborhood. He had a large part in the work connected with the beginnings of Pleasant Hill Academy, hauling lumber for this building from Dog Cove and helping in the swinging of the first bell that ever rang in the building.
On April 10, 1883, Mr Frey married Miss Emma Greenlee, who, with her family, had come from a county in Pennsylvania neighboring that in which the Frey family had lived. Her family did not remain in Pleasant Hill but moved to Indiana where he brothers and sisters now live.
To Mr and Mrs Frey were born 6 children: Charles, Clara, Laura, Leslie, Bert and Grace. Of these, 3 are living: Clara Anderson, Renssalear, Ind; Laura and Leslie, who have lived with their father since their mother died May 28, 1897.
Mr Frey was a hard worker; it seems that he liked to clear land and do similar strenuous work and he was known for his ability to do many things. After the death of his sister Liza, who had taken over the family store on the death of their father, Mr Frey kept store for 11 years. Here his kindheartedness would not let him turn a deaf ear to the please of families in need and many people to this day owe him very large amounts. He was known as a good neighbor, always ready to help those about him. For 18 years, he served his community as Justice of the Peace.
Mr Frey was the first to own an auto in this section. He used it to carry the mail in when he was a mail carrier. He also owned the first reaper and binder in this community.
Of the large family, only 2 survive; Frank Frey of this community and Annie, who lives in Portland, Oregon.
Mr Frey united with the Lutheran church as a boy of 13 before leaving his home in Pennsylvania.
John Frey (1827 - 1891)
Mary Frey (1831 - 1902)
Emma Greenlee Frey (1859 - 1897)*
Laura B. Frey (1887 - 1958)*
Leslie Frey (1889 - 1964)*
Bert B. Frey (1892 - 1921)*
Gracie Frey (1896 - 1896)*
Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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