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FRANK FRIEDE. who is engaged in general merchandising in Mt. Olive, was born on the 10th of May, 1859, in Edwardsville, Ill., and is a son of Charles J. and Sophia (Hannan) Friede, who were natives of Prussia, Germany, where they grew to mature years. The father alone and the mother in company with her parents emigrated to this country in 1854, sailing from Bremen to New Orleans and then came up the river to Illinois, settling in Edwardsville, where a few years later the young people were married. Mr. Friede followed the trade of a carpenter and when well advanced in years came with his wife to this county, where they spent the remainder of their lives, the father dying in 1881, at the age of fifty-seven years the mother passing away in 1880, when fifty years of age. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and Mr. Friede was a Catholic in religious belief. Our subject is the eldest of the family of whom three are yet living - Ernst, who is now married and resides in East St. Louis; and Sohia who makes her home in this city.
Frank Friede, whose name heads this notice, resided at home until 1874, when he went to St. Louis, Mo., where he spent three years in learning the trade of a confectioner. On the expiration of that time he came to Mt. Olive and established business in that line, carrying on operations with considerable success for seven years, when in 1884, he embarked in general merchandising. Six years later he erected a fine brick store building, 75 x 30 feet and two stories in height with a basement. It is well filled with staple and fancy groceries, clothing, dry goods, hats and caps, boots and shoes, etc.
Mrs. Friede, wife of our subject, was in her maidenhood Miss Frances Schoen. She was born in Montgomery County, Ill., in 1864, and is a daughter of Albert and Anna (Akerbauer) Schoen, natives of Germany, who on coming to this country had located in Illinois. After their marriage they settled in Montgomery County, where Mr. Schoen improved a good farm. Having acquired a good competence, he and his wife removed to Mt. Olive where they are now living retired, both being well advanced in years. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Friede have been born as interesting family of three children, all sons - Charles F., Albert J. and William A.
Mr. Friede holds membership with the Catholic Church and his wife belongs to the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Democrat and for many years has served as a member of the Council and for three years was President of the Board. He is now serving as Supervisor of Mt. Olive Township, which was cut off from Staunton Township in 1883. One of the young business men of the place he has succeeded in winning an excellent trade, having acquired his patronage by fair dealing, courteous treatment and a desire to please his customers. As a citizen he is true to every duty and he ranks high both in business and social circles.