Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska
September 2, 1927
LIGHTNING KILLS JOSEPH FREOUF
OVER FORTY YEARS RESIDENT OF HOLT COUNTY
Lightning struck and instantly killed Joseph FREOUF, 70, Friday morning, August 26, while he was raking hay near his
farm home 13 miles southwest of Atkinson. Mr. FREOUF homesteaded on his home place in 1884, forty three years ago,
and lived there until his death.
With his son, Emanuel FREOUF and Chas. DOBIAS, Mr. FREOUF was making hay on the hay
quarter about a mile and a half northwest of the home. They had noticed the storm coming up and had just decided to unhitch
and quit work when the bolt struck, while Mr. FREOUF still sat on the hay rake, passing through his body, to a wrench he
carried in his hip pocket, thence to the iron seat, on the rake. While no one saw the bolt strike Mr. FREOUF, the marks on
the wrench he carried and on the rake seat indicate that he was on the rake at the time.
His son, Emanuel heard the crash
and saw his father's team running away, but at first thought they had been just frightened. When he could not see his
father any place near, he ran to his assistance and found him where the lightning had knocked him from the rake, his
clothes partially burned off by the bolt.
Joseph FREOUF was 70 years 2 months and 26 days old, born in Rokycany, Bohemia,
May 31, 1857. At the age of 19 he came to the United States and settled in Ringgold County, Iowa, where he lived six years.
February 4, 1880 he was married to Miss Francis ZISKA at Mount Ayr, Iowa. He came alone to Nebraska in 1884 and homesteaded
on the place 13 miles southwest of Atkinson, bringing his family here a year later, where he lived until his death.
FREOUF is survived by his wife, nine children, ten grandchildren, and two sisters living at Creston, Iowa. The children are
Frank J. of Scotts Bluff; Chas. E of. Tonawanda; Mrs. Marie KEMP of Stuart; Vincent of Lingle, Wyo; Frederick of Prescott,
Ia; Mrs. Millie E. MILLER of Glenrock, Wyo; Anton, Emanuel and Blanche who live at home. Four children preceded him in
death: Frances and Anna, who died in infancy and were buried at their former home in Diagonal, Iowa; Theresa, also died in
infancy, and Joseph S. of Glendo, Wyo., died at the age of 31, Feb 8, 1916. They were buried in Atkinson [NE].
services, conducted by the Rev. Father LOECHER, were held Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Atkinson and interment was made
in St. Joseph's Cemetery [Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska].
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