|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1824, Germany|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1907|
San Joaquin County
ANOTHER PIONEER CROSSES DIVIDE
When John Frerichs breathed his last on November 7th, San Joaquin county lost one of her best known residents and a man who had done his full share in developing her resources.
Only three weeks before he had seen his good wife tenderly laid away, after an exemplary union of more than 44 years, and forebodings of his early demise had come to him repeatedly. He was only ill eight days when an easy, peaceful death released him from further suffering.
He was born in Hanover Germany on the 14th day of August, 1824 and as a boy, apprenticed to a merchant tailor. This trade he followed in his native land till 1849 when he sailed for New York where he remained for two years.
The golden tales of California drew him westward in 1851, and by the way of the Isthmus he came to this state, where he has continually resided since then.
He again followed his trade and established himself in business in San Francisco, but in 1868 he came to this county and settled upon a splendid piece of land near town, which he proceeded to turn into a model farm.
Mr. Frerichs was married three times. By his first wife there was no issue. By his second wife, who was Victorine de Vouch, he had four children, three of whom are still living: Mrs. Josephine Coffey, William and Edward. Four children were the result of the last union: George L, Henry A., John L., and Mrs. Bertha Magee.
Mr. Frerichs was of a commanding appearance and possessed of a splendid disposition. His was the happy faculty of always looking on the bright side and of being cheerful at all times.
An indulgent husband, a kind father, he believed in making the home attractive and in enjoying the good things of life. His house was noted for its hospitality and every old settler can recall many acts of neighborly helpfulness on his part.
His last days were greatly cheered by the kind ministrations of his children and neighbors and no man could have received better care or more affectionate treatment than he had.
Mr. Frerichs was the last surviving charter member of Siegel Heim Ancient Order of Druids in San Francisco.
The funeral took place last Sunday, Rev. W.P. Freidrich officiating. At one o'clock, after a prayer, the procession left the home and slowly wended its way to the Presbyterian church, which could not hold the large concourse of sorrowing friends.
Amid sad, solemn strains the casket was placed before the pulpit and then the pastor paid a glowing tribute to the sterling qualities of the deceased as a pioneer, a neighbor, a husband and a father.
Then the choir chanted a hymn and a long, silent procession filed past the handsome casket to take a last look at the placid features of their old friend.
Six life long friends: T. Ewald, Wm. Carroll, A.J. Fike, Wm. Pruser, F. Pagel and J. Bruhus, gently placed the casket into the hearse, while the lavish and numberous floral pieces were loaded into an express wagon.
The cortege was then formed for the march to the cemetery, and it seemed as if every home in this section was represented.
The service at the cemetery was brief and soon all that was mortal of John Frerichs was tenderly laid away beside his wife, under a mass of flowers.
When such a man dies the whole community is loser, for thrift, industry, kindness, self-control, contentment, charity - all were his - and it is just to honor the memory of such men as John Frerichs
Maria Magdelana Schneider Frerichs (1837 - 1907)
Josephine Frerichs Coffey (1833 - 1925)*
William John Frerichs (1854 - 1917)*
Edward A Frerichs (1858 - 1942)*
George L. Frerichs (1867 - 1933)*
Henry Anton Frerichs (1868 - 1947)*
John Lucas Frerichs (1873 - 1944)*
Bertha M Frerichs McGee (1879 - 1956)*
Tracy Public Cemetery
San Joaquin County
Plot: Section C
Created by: rootssrcher
Record added: Jan 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17437432