On October 29, 1929, Sophie re-claimed her land. Sophie showed up on the Jefferson County Courthouse steps with $2000 (a huge sum in those days) to purchase back land that she and her husband had previously owned. He had died already in 1923. Amazingly, this was also the day the stock market crashed and the depression began. Sophie traded her cash for land – a wise investment for her descendents, and the home of our own new Arnold Historical Society museum.
Sophie was born August 15, 1854 and died May 27, 1944. She was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Mueller) Gregori. Sophie and Joseph B. Frederitzi were married in 1873. Their children were: Josephina b. 1875; Frank b. 1876; Elizabeth b. 1879, Ellen Sophia Nellie; b. 1882; Emil George b. 1885; Mary Louise Mamie b. 1887; Clara b. 1893; and Otto Allen b. 1897. Joseph B. Frederitzi is buried in Richardson Cemetery. Sophie is buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
A brother-in-law and his wife, Peter and Louisa Frederitzi, sold this land to them on May 30, 1869. A portion of the land was also sold to Charles J. and Josephine (Frederitzi) Siedler. Charles and Josephine’s children were Hazel (married Evan Herrell) and Lester married Helen.