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Frederick Metz Dead.
Funeral of Aged Livingston County Resident to be Held Today.
The funeral of Frederick Metz, Sr., who died Tuesday at the home of his son in Pleasant Ridge Township, will be held Friday from the Apostolic church in that township. The deceased was about 89 years old and had resided in Livingston County since 1869. His wife died about five years ago and since that time he has resided with his children. He is survived by the following children: Frederick Jr., John, Samuel, Louis, William, and Mrs. Nicholas Welhermiller, of Pleasant Ridge Township; Amos of Forrest Township; Mrs. Carl Haeker, of Eureka and Mrs. Sobres, of Deer Creek.
The Pantograph (Bloomington, IL) 25 Feb 1910
Old Resident Dies
Frederick Metz Sr., one of the oldest residents of Pleasant Ridge Township, passed away at the home of his son, Fred Metz Jr., Tuesday evening, after an illness of about a week. La grippe and pneumonia were the cause of his death. His age at the time of his death was 89 years, six months, and seven days. Frederick Metz was born in Baden, Germany, August 15, 1820. He was united in marriage in that city to Barbara Sommers in 1845, and in 1852 they came to America together, going first to St. Louis. They resided in that city two years and then moved to Morton, Tazewell County, where they lived until 1868 when they came to Livingston County and located on a farm in Pleasant Ridge Township, where the deceased resided almost continuously since that time. His wife passed away in 1903.
Eleven children were born to them, nine of whom are living, Fred and John of Pleasant Ridge, Mrs. Mary Zo breast of Woodford County, Louise Wiermiller, Samuel and Lois of Pleasant Ridge, Magdalent Hecker, of Eureka, Will and Amos of Pleasant Ridge. The two children deceased, Barbara and Jacob. Surviving him are also 92 grandchildren and 74 great-grandchildren. Mr. Metz was one of the best of citizens, respected and esteemed by all who knew him. Although in advanced years he retained all of his faculties to the last and he always had a cheerful smile and pleasant word for everybody. He was a member of the German Apostolic Church and his life was that of a true Christian. He had a wide circle of acquaintances and his death will be sincerely mourned by all. The bereaved children and relatives have the sympathy of the people of this locality. The funeral services will be held at the German Apostolic Church in this city this Friday afternoon.
Fairbury Blade (Fairbury, IL) 25 Feb 1910
Funeral of Frederick Metz, Sr.
The funeral of Frederick Metz Sr., which was held at the German Apostolic Church in this city last Friday afternoon was one of the most largely attended ever held in the city. The Church was packed with friends and relatives, many coming from a long distance to pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased. Almost a trainload of friends came on the morning train from the west, Gridley, Meadows, Eureka, Roanoke, and other towns being represented. A special train conveyed them back in the evening. Rev. Trittenbach, of Hoboken, New Jersey preached a funeral sermon and the remains were laid to rest in the Fairbury Cemetery.
Fairbury Blade (Fairbury, IL) 4 Mar 1910