Biography of William D. Fried
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This gentleman, who is numbered among the most enterprising, energetic and successful agriculturists of Bridgewater township, Williams county, was born August 18, 1842, in Stark county, Ohio, a son of Joseph and Anna (Davis) Fried.

His paternal grandfather, Henry Fried, a native of Germany, came to America in boyhood with his parents and located in Pennsylvania, where he continued to reside until he attained his majority, removing then to Stark county, Ohio, Having obtained a good education, he successfully engaged in teaching for some time, but never settled down to one line of occupation. His last years were spent at the home of his son Joseph, in Williams county, where he died about 1859. He served as a soldier in the Mexican war, and was a strong Whig in politics, His last wife died at Osnaburg, Ohio, in 1858, and six of their twelve children died before reaching maturity. The others are Henry, William, George, Joseph, Polly and Nancy

During his boyhood Joseph Fried (our subject's father) attended the common schools to a limited extent in Columbiana county, where he was reared. Starting out in life for himself at an early age, he labored by the day and month until after his marriage, when he and his brother William bought a sawmill in Stark county, borrowing the money to pay for the same, In their efforts to secure a home and competence they were ably assisted by their wives, and meeting with success in the operation of the mill they were at length able to purchase eighty acres of land, which they improved. Subsequently Joseph Fried purchased his brother's interest in the business, and later devoted his entire time to farming, In 1858 he sold his property in Stark county, and came to Williams county, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of heavily timbered land, on which he built a log house and made some improvement; but after a short residence here he was called to the home beyond in 1863, leaving a widow and six children. Of the thirteen children born to them, six died in childhood, the others being Eliza J., wife of J. Cogswell; William D., the subject of this sketch; Catherine, wife of J. Kale; Ellazan; George, who died in Marietta, Georgia, while in the service of his country during the Civil war; Amy, who died at the age of thirteen years; and Cora, wife of P. Hornish. Four of these children were living at the time of the mother's death, which occurred in 1886. After the death of her first husband she married Henry Layman, of Defiance county, Ohio, Both parents of our subject were faithful members of the German Baptist Church, of which the father was a minister, and politically he was identified with the Republican party,

William D. Fried pursued his studies in the common schools near his boyhood home, and after coming to Williams county at the age of sixteen, he continued to assist his father in the cultivation and improvement of the farm until 1863, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He first did guard duty on Johnson's Island, Ohio, and later was a nurse in a hospital until the war ended, being mustered out at Columbus and honorably discharged July 3, 1865. As his father had died during his service, he assumed the management of the farm on his return home; on July 4, 1879, purchased the interest of the other heirs in the place, and also bought his mother's life interest, At that time only eighty acres had been cleared, and the buildings were all in a dilapidated condition, but with characteristic energy he has devoted his time and attention to its improvement, and now one hundred and twenty five acres are under a high state of cultivation, and improved with a comfortable two story frame residence, a large barn, good outbuildings and a fine orchard, He raises a variety of cereals adapted to this climate, and is also interested in stock raising,

In 1868 Mr. Fried was married to Miss Lydia Brown, who was born in Hancock county, Ohio, July 11, 1847, a daughter of Rev. John Brown and Lucinda (Briggs) Brown, natives of Stark county, Ohio, where they were married. Daniel Brown (Mrs. Fried's grandfather) was a native of Germany, whence with the family he started for the New World, but his father died on the voyage and was buried at sea. The remainder of the family located in Pennsylvania and afterward removed to Stark county, Ohio, Rev. John Brown, a minister of the German Baptist Church, and also a farmer, came to Williams county, in 1848, at which time this region was very sparsely settled. He purchased land in Center township, and improved a farm, on which he is still living at the ripe old age of eighty five years. Since reaching manhood he has engaged in farming, and in preaching the Gospel, and is today one of the most honored and highly esteemed citizens of Williams county. His wife was called to her final rest in 1881, at the age of sixty five years. Of the eleven children born to them, six died in childhood, the others being Malon, who died in 1862 while a soldier in the Union army; Lydia, wife of our subject; Sanford, a plasterer living in San Diego, California; Mrs. Harriette Kunkle; and Manuel, a physician of Salina, Kansas.

To Mr. and Mrs. Fried were born nine children, namely: Della, who died at the age of twelve years; Delbert, who operates the old homestead; Effa, wife of Charles Martin, a prominent farmer of Bridgewater township; Dessie, who died at the age of one year; Ora and Cora (twins), who are successful school teachers; Sallie, who has received a good education, and is now at home; and John J. and Carmie B., also at home. Socially, Mr. Fried affiliates with London Post, G. A. R., and politically is identified with the Republican party, Not caring for official honors, he has generally refused office, but has been elected trustee of his township, in which capacity he is now serving in a most creditable manner. His election plainly shows that his friends and neighbors justly appreciate his ability and worth, as the township usually supports the Populist or Democratic candidates. Mr. Fried has also efficiently served in school offices, takes a deep interest in the cause. of education, and has provided his children with excellent advantages along that line. Mrs. Fried is a consistent member of the German Baptist Church,

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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