OLD RESIDENT OF CITY, PASSES ON
Civil War Veteran, Former City Marshall and Volunteer Fireman Lived In Freeport Nearly Three-Quarters of Century; Served in 67th Illinois Volunteer Infantry During War of Rebellion
After several months of failing health, Edward W. R. Dreyer, veteran of the Civil War and one of Freeport's best known citizens, passed away at 12:05 o'clock Saturday at his home at 804 West Galena Avenue, the cause of his demise being a complication of diseases brought on by old age. Mr. Dreyer had been a resident of Freeport since 1849, with the exception of the period of his service in the Union Army during the Civil War, and was widely acquainted in this city and throughout Stephenson County. He was a member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department, the first local fire protective organization, and later served for eight years as City Marshal. His passing will be mourned by a host of friends, who will always remember him as a considerate, loving husband and father, a true friend and a man who could not have been more honest and honorable in his business and social affairs. Edward W. R. Dreyer, a son of Christian and Annetta Dreyer, was born in New London, Canada, on December 10th, 1841. He was one of a family of four children. His father was for many years an engineer on one of the Great Lakes passenger steamships. Later, Christian Dreyer removed with his family to Chicago, when Edward was seven years of age, and the following year they removed to Freeport, where Edward had since resided. Edward Dreyer completed his education in the Freeport Public Schools, and with the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Sixty-seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Army of the North for six months. Returning home, he was later united in marriage to Miss Mary Magdalene Clair, of Freeport, on January 10th, 1863, and seven children were born to this union, one of whom , Mrs. Anna Hoefer, preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Mrs. Mary Clair Dreyer, six children, Mrs. C. A. Brubaker, Mears, Mich., Halstead E. Dreyer, Long Beach, Calif., Earl R. Dreyer, Winifred, Mont., Mrs. A. J. Luebbing, Freeport, and the Misses Grace and Electa Dreyer, at home. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs Augusta Oberkampf, Chicago; thirteen grandchildren; and one gr-grandchild, Muriel Irene Brubaker, of Mears, Mich. From 1879 to 1888, Mr. Dreyer was city marshal, and followed his duties with regularity and faithfulness, widely extending his circle of friends during that time. He then purchased a farm in Harlen township, which he managed until 1913, when he retired. He continued to make his home in Freeport during the years he was engaged in farming. Decedent was a member of John A. Davis post No. 98, Grand Army of the Republic, and was active in all its affairs as long as his health permitted. He is another of that long line of "soldiers in blue" who have answered the last call. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the late home, 804 West Galena Avenue, Rev. W. L. Collin, pastor of Embury Methodist Church., officiating. A. H. Stevenson has charge of the arrangements, and interment will be made in Oakland. James McCarthy, Herman Janssen,l Frank Brandt, William Heitter, John Ellis, and Ralph Ryan, will serve as pallbearers.
Unknown Publication - Stephenson Co. Illinois 1923. Gr-gr-grandfather of submitter. Submitted by: Kathy Olden Berman on 26 Oct 2001