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Austin-Frey family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1026


The Austin-Frey family papers document a family whose members came to reside in Osage City and Lawrence, Kansas from the late 1800s to the late 1900s.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1988


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Biography of Austin-Frey Family

On May 14, 1900, Dorothy Jack (D.J.) Frey (b. January 16, 1879 in Coopertown, Tennessee) married Pearl Sylvester Hoard (b. October 8, 1882 in Osage City, Kansas). Pearl Frey's mother, Fannie, was from the Austin family (her parents being Peter and Mahala Noland Austin). D.J. and Pearl Frey had seven children: Kingsley Reginald (b. February 25, 1907), Dorothea Frances Marie (b. May 5, 1908), Pearl Gwendolyn (b. September 15, 1910), Ethelyn Emma (b. April 17, 1913), Opal Kathryn (b. October 21, 1917), Jack (b. October 10, 1920), and Donald Sylvester (b. May 9, 1925). The family moved between Osage City and Weir, Kansas and Weatherford, Oklahoma, finally settling in Lawrence, Kansas.

Pearl G. Frey married Charles A. Hill on December 31, 1931 in Lawrence, Kansas. The couple had three children: Johnny, Sylvia, and Anita. Mrs. Hill worked as a substitute teacher at North Lawrence's Lincoln High School and, later, as a cook for the Head Start Program at Plymouth Congregational Church.

D.J. Frey died January 18, 1943 and his wife, Pearl S, died June 6, 1977, both in Lawrence. Pearl G. Hill died January 2, 1994; her husband, Charles, died November 19, 1986.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

The Austin-Frey family papers date from 1946 to 1989 and are arranged in a single series. They consist of such items as programs, family reunion information, and meeting minutes. Folder arrangement is alphabetical.

Physical Location

RH MS 1026

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Pearl G. Hill, 1990

Guide to the Austin-Frey Family Collection
Austin-Frey family papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Austin-Frey Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1026, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States