CHARLES FREDRICKSON DEAD
Charles Fredrickson, one of the well-known farmers and stockmen of this county, died at his home last Friday evening, after having been in ill health for the past several months.
Mr. Fredrickson was born in Engeholm, Sweden, October 24, 1861. He was the son of William August and Christine Fredrickson. He came to the United States in 1883, coming directly to Clay Center, Kansas, where he remained for two years with an uncle. He came to Concordia in 1885 and engaged in carpenter work with the late William T. Short, for about three years.
He was married October 22, 1887, to Christine Nelson, and they went to housekeeping on a farm four miles east of Concordia, where they lived for thirty-eight years. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary this year with all members of their family present.
Mr. Fredrickson farmed extensively and was one of the best farmers and stockmen in the County. He was honest and fair in all his dealings and was respected by a large host of friends. He became a member of the Swedish Baptist in Concordia in 1888 and helped to build the first church and was also the chairman of the building committee when the present fine Baptist Church was built. He served as a deacon of the local church for thirty years. Mr. Fredrickson raised a fine, respected family and was truly a fine upright American citizen and his passing will be mourned not only by relatives but many friends as well.
He is survived by his wife and nine children: Mrs. Anton Landin, Clay Center, Kansas; Mrs. Don Donahoo, Ottawa, Kansas; Mrs. Ward Butler, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Mrs. Frank Carlson, Concordia; and William, George, Paul, Carl, and Lane Fredrickson, all of Concordia. Twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Concordia Baptist Church, in charge of Rev. Hawes and burial was made in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Christina Fredrickson Dies
Mrs. Christina Fredrickson, resident of Cloud County for the past 78 years, died at Sunset Home Infirmary on Saturday evening. Mrs. Fredrickson had been in failing health for some time, but her death was unexpected at this time and came as a shock to her family and friends. She was 94 years old.
Mrs. Fredrickson was born at Visby, Gotland, Sweden, May 4, 1867, the daughter of Nels and Katrina Nelson. She came to the United States when she was 16 years old and the family settled in Cloud County. Her marriage to Charles L. Fredrickson took place October place October 22, 1887, in Concordia.
She was a member of the Baptist Church and had made her home at the Sunset Home since 1947, moving there from her farm home east of Concordia.
Surviving are five sons: William Fredrickson of Arvada, Colo., George, Paul, and Carl Fredrickson of Concordia, Kansas, and Lane Fredrickson, of Los Angles, Calif.; four daughters: Mrs. Etta Landin of Clay Center, Alice, Mrs. Frank Carlson, of Concordia and Washington, D.C., Marie, Mrs. Don Donahoo of Minneola, N.Y., and Beatrice, Mrs. Ward Butler of Glasco; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Baptist Church, in charge of Rev. Donald McCraken and Rev. R. H. Spangler, superintendent of Sunset Home.
Pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Fredrickson: Jan Fredrickson and George Fredrickson, jr., of Concordia; Robert Fredrickson of Denver, Colo.; Robert Hall, of Topeka; John Meridith, of Clay Center; and Edward Rolfs, of Junction City.