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Leo Joseph FRIES

Male 1893 - 1986  (93 years)


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  • Name Leo Joseph FRIES  [1
    Born 10 Jun 1893  , Whitley County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Source: WWII Draft Registration Card
    Gender Male 
    Burial Source: letter from Mary Lou Fries dated 6 Jan 2007. “It is my knowledge that Leo Joseph was born Joseph Leo, and he himself changed his name.” 
    Occupation School teacher, farmer  [1
    Buried 1986  Greenhills Cemetery, Columbia City, whitley County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Catholic section, 2-6-1
    Died 23 Jul 1986  Columbia City, Whitley County , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Source: Obituary
    Notes 
    • Leo's wife Marie, daughter Helen, and Helen's husband were killed in an auto accident in 1957. See newspaper article "Cousin of Leo Fries Dies in Marion:" Leo was well known in the area, and is described as a resident of Thorncreek Township near Columbia City. Leo was a teacher in his earlier years, teaching agronomy at Oregon Polytechnical Institute. He later farmed in Thorncreek Townshiip, Indiana and was active civically--authoring numerous articles on the history of the region for the Whitley County Historical Society.

      Leo, Marie and the entire family operated the Root Beer Barrel, a local drive in restaurant, in Columbia City. Other work done by Leo was farming, and he and Ed operated the family homestead and farm for many years. They also sold dressed poultry, to include turkeys, chickens and ducks.

      Leo loved to write, and many articles and documents can be found in the county that were authored by Leo.
    Person ID I212  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2010 

    Father Francois Xavier FRIES,   b. 5 Apr 1846, Ufholtz, Haut-Rin, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1907, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Catherine ULRICH,   b. 8 Oct 1850, , Whitley County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1930, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1871  Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage performed by R.S. Pence, Justice of the Peace.
      Source: Marriage Book, Whitley County, Indiana
    _UID 709771C931F34A06ABFABC7A4EED7296D384 
    Photos
    Fries family home in Columbia City, Indiana
    Fries family home in Columbia City, Indiana
    The windmill at the Fries homestead--
Whitley County, Indiana
    The windmill at the Fries homestead-- Whitley County, Indiana
    The farmhouse at the Fries Homestead
Ca. 1880
    The farmhouse at the Fries Homestead Ca. 1880
    This home was originally constructed by Frank Fries in the 1880's, and has continuously served the Fries family ever since.
    Catharine (Ulerich) Fries with her children
    Catharine (Ulerich) Fries with her children
    Family of Frank and Catharine Fries
    Family of Frank and Catharine Fries
    Catherine (Ulerich) Fries, son Henry Edward Fries, and daughter Rosella Matiilda (Fries) Regan.
    Catherine (Ulerich) Fries, son Henry Edward Fries, and daughter Rosella Matiilda (Fries) Regan.
    Photo appears to have been taken at the Fries home on Oak Street; although current photos of the home do not have the porch that is apparent in this photograph.
    Headstones
    Headstone of Francis X. and Catherine Fries
    Headstone of Francis X. and Catherine Fries
    Located in the Greenhills Cemetery, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet

    Family Ella Marie PERRY,   b. Abt 1900, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1956  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1920  , Multnomah County, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Leo was teaching at the OregonAgricultural College at the time.
    _UID 93D7BF228474450480C22FF0BB488B971280 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Cecelia FRIES,   b. Abt 1920, , , Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1940, , Whitley County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years)
     2. Rosella M. FRIES,   b. 9 Nov 1921, , , Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1972  (Age 50 years)
     3. Living
     4. Margaret E. FRIES,   b. 28 May 1925, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1996  (Age 71 years)
     5. Living
     6. John Louis FRIES,   b. 7 Dec 1928, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 2012, , , Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     7. Living
     8. Helen Marie FRIES,   b. 4 Feb 1932, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1956  (Age 24 years)
     9. Joseph Leo FRIES
    Headstones
    Headstone of Leo and Marie Fries
    Headstone of Leo and Marie Fries
    Located in the Greenhills Cemetery, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
    Family ID F101  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Leo Joseph Fries...with his favourite pumpkin
    Leo Joseph Fries...with his favourite pumpkin
    Obituary of Leo Joseph Fries
From the Columbia City
    Obituary of Leo Joseph Fries From the Columbia City

    Histories
    Letter from Ralph Gates to Leo
Whitley County Civil War Monument
    Letter from Ralph Gates to Leo Whitley County Civil War Monument
    Letter provided by Mary Lou Fries
    "I was cleaning a closet and found a letter written by Ralph Gates to Leo. They both graduated from Columbia City High School in 1911. They were college roommates. Ralph was Indiana's Governor from 1945 through 1949. I thought you would be interested in the handwritten note about the Civil War Monument.

    The copy of the envelope is Pappy's (Leo) writing. He had mailed his high school graduation program to his sister Rosa. Rosa married E. P. Regan.

  • Sources 
    1. [S526] 1930 Federal Census--Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, USA.