JOHN A. FREAS GRAVESTONE PHOTO
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, January 10, 1906, Pg. 1:
The illness of J. A. Freas, who was recently stricken with paralysis, ended in death last Thursday, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 26 days. When President Lincoln issued his call for 300,000 volunteers, J. A. Freas then in the prime of manhood raised a company of volunteers, and they were mustered into service as Co. G. 105th Pennsylvania volunteers, and he was elected captain, and had his company drilled and ready for service as soon their arms were received, and served in the Eastern army until an accident compelled him to resign. After the war he removed to Iowa and later to the Indian Territory and in 1893 himself, wife and two younger daughters moved to Independence, where he has been known as a quiet up-right and intelligent citizen. The funeral was held at the home Saturday morning, and his pastor Rev. J. D. Smith made a short helpful talk to relatives and friends, and then his old comrades in arms, the boys of ’61, took charge of the remains and they were interred in Mount Hope. Capt. E. B. White with his Sons of Veterans rendering the last honors of a salute over the grave. Capt. Freas is survived by his widow, Mrs Tasker of Tyro, Mrs. Sadie Gibbons of Lena, Iowa, H. H. Freas of Caney, Miss Ida Freas and Mrs. Bertha Harper of this city.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas