WILLIAM FRAKER, was born in Wayne, County Ohio, January 19th 1822 and died at Pettisville, Fulton County, Ohio, February 15th 1891. When but a boy 14 years old he came to this county with his parents, then an almost unexplored wilderness and located near Delta. At the age of twenty he moved to Clinton Township and settled upon a farm in Sec. 18, where he lived until within three years of his death.
In 1844 he married Lydia A. Fashbaugh who died about three years afterwards, leaving two children. In 1850 he again married Nancy A. Kritzer who with six children still survives him.
Mr. Fraker was a self-made man, of remarkably, clear perception and excellent judgment; and was universally esteemed as a man of high character and he died equally lamented as he was beloved, whilst living by all who knew him, He held many offices of trust; and was one of the first pioneer school teachers in the county, teaching in the little log cabin school houses. With puncheon floors and school furniture made of the same material.
Hunting and fishing was one of his favorite amusements and probably no pioneer in the county could relate more thrilling adventures, and hair breath escapes. In the wiles of the county, than he could.
In politics, he was conservative; in religion he was liberal; remembering the great rule to do the greatest good to the greatest number. He was a member of the Masonic order for over a quarter of a century. He lived to see nearly all the first settlers pass away and the growth and full development of what was once a wilderness, changed into beautiful farms and happy homes.
How often, have many of us been welcomed by his kindly voice and hardy hand grasp wherever met. How greatly is he missed by all who knew him; and his memory will be justly honored, by those who emulate his worthy career.
By Elliot Bayes