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Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1912

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FREISCHLAG, JOSEPH. - The men who displayed their faith in the future of Springfield realty have been richly rewarded, for land values have reached an astounding figure and those fortunate enough to own land, either in the city or its vicinity find their possessions materially increasing in value. One of the men thus fortunate is Joseph Freischlag, of No. 2101 Rochester Road, whose five acres are valued at $1,000 per acre. He was born in Southern Germany, November 9, 1848, a son of George and Eva (Voth) Freischlag, both of Germany, farming people, who never left their native land. Of their two sons and one daughter, Joseph is the only survivor.

Mr. Freischlag was educated in Germany, attending public school eight years and drawing school two years. He worked on the farm for his father until fifteen years old, then began learning the stone cutter's trade. In 1880 he came to America, sailing from Antwerp to Liverpool, and thence to New York City, where he remained a week, then came on west to Chicago. From there he went to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he spent a year, working at his trade. His next location was at Gladstone, Henderson County, Ill., but after four years there, he went to Kansas City, Mo. After four years more there, he went to Ogden, Utah, where he spent 1890 and 1891, and then went to Burlington, Iowa. He then spent a short time in Alabama, finally coming to Springfield where he worked at his trade until he retired, a short time since, after a long period of hard work.

On January 13, 1883, he was married at Gladstone, Ill., to Augusta Gade, born in Germany, June 17, 1858. Her parents also died in Germany when she was quite young, she being a daughter of Christian Gade. Mrs. Freischlag had two brothers and a sister, Mrs. Anna Morris, of Gladstone, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Freischlag have had eight children: two are deceased; Herman, a boiler maker in the Wabash shops; William, also in the Wabash shops; Oscar, clerk for Anton Elshoff, grocer; Gertrude, employed by the Herndon Dry Goods company; Helen, with the John Bressmer Company; Joseph. Herman has two children, - Theresa and William A. Mr. Freischlag is a Roman Catholic and belongs to the Sacred Heart parish. He is a solid, reliable man and one whose word is as good as his bond.

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