The Gibson Courier, Thursday, August 30, 1917
Heike FREESE, - a prominent and well known citizen of this neighborhood, died last Thursday at the home of his daughter, Lizzie Neiswander, near Sibley (Ford County, IL), aged 76 years, 2 months and 18 days. The funeral was held at the M.E. church in this city last Sunday afternoon at 2:30, the services being in charge of Rev. G.L. McClanathan. Burial was in the Gibson cemetery.
Heike Freese was born in Hanover, Germany, June 5, 1841. He came to America at the age of 18, settling near Petersburg, Menard county, 111. March 5, 1873, he was married to Miss Anna Steinman, who died June 14, 1894. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. Anna Cater of Cowden, Ill.; Mrs. Fanny Harm of Williams, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Bloodgood and Mrs. Lizzie Neiswander of Sibley, 111., Herman Freese of Manson, Iowa; Mrs. Maggie Janssen of Milford, Iowa; John Freese of Clear Lake, Iowa. Two sons died in infancy. Besides his children he leaves 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also a brother and sister at Morrisonville, Ill.
Mr. Freese lived in Menard county six years, the family moving from there to Springfield, where they lived one year, moving to Ford county the following spring. Here he lived the balance of his life, with the exception of eight years that he lived in Iowa. Eight years ago he returned to Illinois, and since then he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Neiswander. Mr. Freese was a member of the German Lutheran church since his 14th year, and was a man of integrity, beloved by his family and honored and respected by his neighbors.
Contributed by Debby Volpe