Frederick R. Feitshans, a prominent
educator in Springfield, Illinois is buried in Block 7 of the
Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. He died of typhoid fever at the age of 40. At the time of his
death, he was the Superintendent of city schools in Springfield. His home at 808 So. 2nd Street still
stands. The Feitshans School, named in his honor, presently is a middle school in Springfield.
Mr. Feitshans's photo & information taken from a booklet issued by the Sangamon County Historical
Society and provided by Mr. Feitshans relative, Kathy McClure, of Darlington, PA.
Submitted by Al & Carole Martin
Frederick Rollin Feitshans
The information was provided by Carole Martin and Kathy McClure of Darlington, PA. a relative of Frederick Feitshans
[EXCERPTS FROM DAILY ILLINOIS STATE JOURNAL. SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS]
8-20-1886: Professor John C. Feitshans attended the Board of Education and Stated that his brother. F. E. Feitshans,
Superintendent of City Schools, was very sick with Typhoid Fever in Denver, Colorado and could not attend the meeting.
8-25-1886: Excerpts from obituary and Funeral Notice 8-28-1886
F. R. Feitshans, M. A.- sick 18 days -Died 8-23-1886 in Denver. Colorado
Born 1846 - 40 years old - parents from Germany- Born in Indiana County, Pa.
Graduated from Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg, Pa. In 1869 N. A. in 1872
Taught at Rochester. Pa. Came to Springfield in 1870 and had charge of Saint Pauls College, the old Illinois State
In 1872, he was elected Chair of Mathematics at Wisconsin University
In 1873, he was Principal of High School and the Superintendent of City Schools
In 1873, he was elected Chair of Greek at Carthage College (Lutheran) (Illinois)
In 1874, he was elected Professor of English Literature at Thiel College (Penna)
In 1876, after returning from the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Pa., he married Mary E. Flanders at Bloomington,
Illinois. She was Assistant Principal of Springfield High School at time of marriage. Surviving are his wife, a
daughter age 9 and a son age 6
Funeral 8-28-1886 at First M. H. Church - Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Pall Bearers: Dr. B. M. Griffith, Clinton L. Conkling, George A. Sanders, Major J. J. Brinkerhoff, Prof, A. J.
Smith, Hon. John McCree
This newspaper is on file at Illinois State Historical Library, Springfield, IL.
The following is from some records at Board of Education office, Springfield, Illinois.
Card: No. 1 Frederick R. Feitshans
1875/5 through 1880/1: Principal of High School
1881 and 1883; Superintendent and Principal
1883/4 through 1885/6; Superitendent of City Schools
Card No. 2- Mary E. Fletcher - Assistant Principal 1875 and 1876
Card No. 3 - Mary Feitshans - 1876 to 1890 - Principle Training School for Teacher, Salary $100 per month