|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1867|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1933|
San Joaquin County
Colorful Career of Tracy Pioneer Comes to Close Early Wednesday Morning
The death of George L. Frerichs, one of the pioneers of the Tracy section, early Wednesday morning was learned with a shock to the community. He died at about 5 o'clock as a result of a heart attack, death being almost instant.
Mr. Frerichs had been more or less in ill health for some time past but he remained at his duties as city clerk up to Saturday. He had suffered a slight attack a day or so before the end, and after the fatal stroke on Wednesday morning death came within a comparatively few minutes.
At an early hour Dr. M.V. Turley was first called and later Dr. Allan R. Powers was asked to come in.
Deceased was born in San Francisco on March 7, 1867, and was but a year old when his family moved to Tracy. Since he grew to manhood he has continuously occupied a prominent place in business and society in Tracy.
Following the completion of his education in the Tracy schools he learned the trade of harness maker, which trade he followed for several years. He later embarked into the painting and paperhanging business, doing quite an extensive business as a contractor. He also learned the barber trade, working extra for a number of years.
In the year 1910 he was appointed as postmaster of Tracy, at that time the postoffice being located in the old Arlington building on Sixth street. He served in that capacity for four years and at the completion of the term he became city clerk. That position he has held for nearly 20 years. On numerous occasions Mr. Frerichs had opposition for that office but each time he was an easy winner in the contests.
Deceased leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Mrs. Emma J. Frerichs, and two daughters, Mrs. Ralph A. Miller of Antioch, and Miss Edith L. of Tracy. There are also two brothers, John L. of Byron, and Henry A. of Tracy, and one sister, Mrs. A.W.McGee, also of Tracy. There are three grandchildren, Billie, Jane and Lloyd Miller of Antioch.
Mr. Frerichs was an active lodge worker. He held membership in Sumner Lodge, I.O.O.F., No 177; Tracy Parlor, N.S.G.W.; West Side Lodge, No 118, K. of P.; Mt. Oso Lodge, No. 640, F.&A.M.; Stockton Pyramid of Sciots. and was a charter member of the West Side Pioneer's society.
He was the dominating figure in the formation of the Tracy Cemetery Association, and for years was one of but a few to take active interest in keeping the local place of burial improved in many ways.
The Frerichs family has resided in the present residence, No 111 East Seventh street, since 1898.
While all of the details as to the funeral arrangments have not been completed at the time of going to press, yet the time and place will be at Odd Fellows hall, Tracy, at 2 o'clock Friday. The Odd Fellows will be in charge of the services. The pallbearers will be selected from the various organizations to which the deceased has been a member. There will be two from each of the three lodges, Native Sons, Knights of Pythias and Masons. Besides that there will be two members of the Pioneer's Club acting as honorary pallbearers.
A special guard from the Tracy police forece will remain with the body from the time it leaves the Wallace Undertaking parlors in Stockton until the final rites are conducted.
Tracy Public Cemetery
San Joaquin County
Plot: Section C
Created by: rootssrcher
Record added: Jan 14, 2007
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