Biography - Lewis Frizzell

LEWIS H. FRIZZELL, of the firm of Powell & Frizzell, druggists at Vienna, is a native of Johnson County, and occupies an honorable position among its leading business men. He was born in Burnside Precinct November 19, 1852. His father, Nathan R. Frizzell, was born in Tennessee, and was a son of William Frizzell, who was a native of North Carolina. He went from that State to Tennessee, and later came to Illinois, and was one of the early settlers of Burnside Precinct, in this county. He purchased land at that point, which he farmed for some years prior to his removal to Jefferson County, where he spent his last days.
The father of our subject moved into Kentucky from his native State, and after residing there some years came to Illinois. He was accompanied by his wife and the one child that had previously been born to them, and the momentous journey was made with teams. He secured a tract of Government land in what is now Burnside Precinct, and there built the log cabin which was the birthplace of our subject. There were no railways here for some years, and the river towns were the principal markets. Deer and other wild game were plentiful and furnished a welcome addition to the fare of the settlers. Mr. Frizzell was a good farmer, and he developed a fine farm, supplying it with substantial improvements, thus performing his share in promoting the agricultural interests of the county. His death occurred at the home that he had built up in 1886, at the age of fifty-eight, and his community was thus deprived of the services of a valuable citizen. His wife survives him, and is now a resident of Pope County. She is a native of Kentucky, her maiden name being Asenath Wilson, and her father was James Wilson. She is the mother of six children: Louisa, Nancy, Lewis H., Mattie, Mollie and Lucy.
Our subject was reared and educated in his native township, and resided with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age. He then located on a farm which his father gave him in Grants burg Township, and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits until 1886. In that year he was elected Sheriff of Johnson County, and removed to Vienna to attend to his official duties. He remained here four years, and at the expiration of his term of office removed to Metropolis to engage in the dry-goods business. In 1892 he sold his establishment there, and returning to Vienna, has since been in the drug business with Mr. Powell. They have a neatly fitted up store, in which they carry a good line of drugs and other articles usually found in an establishment of that kind, and they are well patronized.
Mr. Frizzell was married August 6, 1874, to Miss Sidney Poor, a daughter of Sampson D. Poor, and a native of Grantsburg Township. She is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and her name is associated with its various good works. Mr. and Mrs. Frizzell have four children living: Aristie, Mattie, Lewis and Herman P.
Our subject is a stalwart Democrat in his political views, and, as before mentioned, was honored by election to the important and responsible office of County Sheriff, and in his prompt and faithful discharge of the onerous duties thus imposed upon him, he gained the favor of all without respect to party. In his social relations he is connected with Vienna Lodge No. 150, A. F. & A. M.; .and with Vesta Lodge No. 340, I. O. O. F.

Extracted 23 Apr 2016 from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 200-203.

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