H. Gottlieb Frey died on Thursday, April 27 (1916), after a long illness of a complication of diseases, aged 53 years, 1 month and 5 days. He was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and has been a resident of Quakertown for over thirty years. He was a member of the Masons, Knights of Malta, Owls, Odd Fellows and the honorary list of the Quakertown Fire Company. Private funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock followed by interment in the Union cemetery, Quakertown. Rev. John M. Chattin to officiate. Remains can be seen by those who desire to between 10 and 12 o'clock n Sunday morning. A more extended biography of Mr. Frey will be published next week.
Unknown newspaper published in 1916. Submitted by Chris McDougall
H. Gottlieb Frey
ex-superintendent of the Electric Light Department who died on Thursday, April 27, was a native of Germany, where he was born March 22, 1863. At the age of 19 he emigrated to America, and worked for about two months in Philadelphia. He then came to Quakertown, and has lived here continuously since 1882.
Mr. Frey was employed for about ten years as a turner in Thomas & Co.'s planing mill, then located on Juniper street. He was a mechanical genius and his natural bent was electricity, with which he made many experiments. He made this a thorough study and had built a dynamo, with which he successfully operated an arc light and several incandescent lights. This induced him to make application for the position of superintendent of the Electric Light department in 1892, and the Borough Council, aware of his ability, elected him unanimously to the position at its meeting of October 5, 1892. he continued in this capacity until 1915.
Mr. Frey's mother is still living in Germany at the age of 81, and one sister, Mrs. Eva Hoffacker, of Philadelphia, also survives, besides his family, mentioned last week.
Of a cheerful, kind disposition, Mr. Frey made many friends, and nothing was considered too much trouble if he could do a favor for a friend.
During his young manhood, he was an enthusiastic student of nature, especially flowers. He tramped over fields and hills in search of everything in the plant world, nothing escaped his keen vision, the lowly, early blooming skunk cabbage, the blossoms of the elm and maples, as well as the catkins of the oaks were gathered and pressed and quite a number of herbariums are the richer for the splendid specimens he prepared.
One of the rare things for this neighborhood was found by him along a hedge row near the electric light plant, where it still flourishes and bears its sweet-scented white flowers every season. It is the White Azalea, probably the only one within many miles.