9 October 1909
DEATH CLAIMS ANOTHER PIONEER
Death entered the home of another of our prominent families on Monday morning, and took therefrom Andrew J. Freer, one of the few remaining pioneer residents of Alcona county.
Mr. Freer's condition has been serious for several weeks, but during the last (unreadable) was considered much improved (and) on the morning of his death he was first to arise and called the other members of his family. He then built the fires and called them again, but a few minutes later he passed suddenly away.
Deceased was 73 years old last April 2nd and had been a respected citizen of the county a great many years, coming here when but a young man. On Sept. 24th, 1854, he married at Cheboygan to Miss Mary Mitchell, who survives him, and to them fourteen children were born, seven sons and seven daughters, eleven of whom are still living. He was a surveyor and land looker of recognized ability and took a prominent part in the early work of surveying and establishing boundaries in this then new country. he was for years the official surveyor for Alger, Smith & Co., both in this county and in Canada and other places. In the 60's he homesteaded the land where his farm now is, and which is one of the finest farm properties in the county.
Andrew Freer was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father; to his friends the soul of good fellowship and hospitality; but the greatest of all he was a man and as a man it is that those who knew him best most loved to contemplate him.
The surviving children are Geo. Freer, of Alcona; Mrs. C.C. Smith of Grand Marais; Mrs. I. Mather, of Onaway; Will Freer of Curran; John Freer, of Marion, Mont.; Mrs. Kate Weir, of Onaway; Mrs. Edw. Green, of Harrisville; Mrs. Wm. Bonker, of Alpena; Andrew, Mae and Fred of Harrisville.
The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home, Rev. C.M. Boyce officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot at South Harrisville, where the beautiful and impressive burial service of the Masonic order were given by Alcona Lodge No. 218 F. & A.M., of which the deceased was an old and honored member.