Stillwater Valley News
28 July 1931
William M. Freshour Dies At Piqua Tuesday Morning
Former Covington Resident Dies at Piqua Tuesday--Was Graduate of Covington Schools. William McDowell Freshour, former executive of the Piqua Cap company and widely known Piqua resident, died at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at his home 333 West High Street, Piqua, his death coming as a decided shock to the friends, many of whom did not know he had been ill for the past week. Born in Covington, Ohio, on June 2, 1878, Mr. Freshour was 53 years of age at the time of his death. His parents Judge William and Emma Shellenbarger Freshour, both came from prominent families in this vicinity, his father having served as captain in the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and later as probate judge of Miami County. Mr. Freshour graduated from the Covington High School in 1895 and the following fall entered Earlham College at Richmond, Ind. where he remained until 1897 when he entered Wittenberg college at Springfield from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899. In 1901, he entered Ann Arbor Law School and later, in the fall of that year, enrolled in the law school of Ohio State University, receiving his L.L.B. degree when he was graduated in 1903, at which time he also received an A.M. degree from Wittenberg. Following his graduation, he practiced law in Piqua for two years, locating in Piqua in 1903. In 1904 he was married to Miss Evelyn Ann McKee and they moved to Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. One year later they returned from the west and Mr. Freshour entered the manufacturing business as one of the three heads of the Piqua Cap company, continuing in this capacity until the death of his partner Forrest L. Schmidlapp. Seldom has a Piqua man been able to boast of more friends and his death brings sincere sorrow to many. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Eva McKee Freshour; a son Ensign William McKee Freshour, U.S.N. who was graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in June and is now stationed at San Diego, Calif.; two daughters Miss Martha and Miss Marion Freshour of Piqua and a brother, Dr. James G. Freshour, also of Piqua. His father preceded him in death on May 13, 1928 and his mother on September 9 1929. Funeral services will be held on Thursday from the Wagner Funeral Home and will be strictly private. It is requested that the flowers be omitted.
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