ABRAHAM FREY, who is now acting in the capacity of County Treasurer, has been variously occupied since he set up his home in this part of America. He was born in the village of Oggersheim in Bavaria, Germany, August 8, 1833. His father, Jacob Wilhelm Frey, was born in Donnast and learned the trade of a butcher, which he followed a part of each year, devoting the rest of his time to farming. In April, 1847 he took passage at Manheim on a steamer for Havre and then embarked on a sail vessel, landing at New Orleans after an ocean voyage of sixty-two days. He was accompanied by his wife and five children, the eldest being the subject of this sketch. From New Orleans they came up to St. Louis, where the mother died ten days later. The father came to Staunton, this county, and leaving his children in care of their maternal uncles, Jacob and John Hausam, went to look for work. It was not long ere he fell ill and died, leaving his children orphaned in a strange land.
Abraham Frey at once set about earning his own living and first found employment on a farm at $4 per month. He spent two years at this work and then began to learn the trade of a harness-maker and served an apprenticeship of two years and a half in Alton. He then returned to farming, at which he worked industriously until the war began, when he resumed his trade in Staunton. He did journey work two years, then engaged in business for himself at Gillespie, which was his home until the fall of 1890. Since that time he has been living in Carlinville, to which place his reputation had preceded him.
The wife of Mr. Frey was known in her girlhood as Armindy Grant. She was born in Madison County, this State, in 1843, and is a daughter of Thomas Grant, who is numbered among the pioneers of that county. She entered the duties of wifehood in 1864 and has been faithful to the obligations which she then assumed. Her home has been brightened by the presence of five children, whose respective names are Emma, Edward, Charlie, Lewis and David. Mr. Frey belongs to the Democratic party. He is identified with Gillespie Lodge, No. 214, F. & A.M.; and with Lodge, No. 220, I.O.O.F. His thorough honesty and interest in the financial condition of the county led to his candidacy for County Treasurer and to his election to that responsible office.