Randolph County, Indiana
essential conditions of human life are ever the same; the surroundings of
individuals differ but slightly, and when one man passes another on the highway
of life to reach the goal of prosperity before others who perhaps started out
in their careers before him, it is because he has the power to use advantages
which probably encompass the whole human race. One of the leading business men
of Union City, Randolph county, who seems to have had the sagacity to see readily
and grasp instantly opportunities that led to success is Ozzie O. Fraze,
widely known embalmer and funeral director, he having been engaged in this line
of endeavor for a number of years.
Mr. Fraze was born in Randolph county, October 20, 1874. He
is a son of W. H. and Etta (Fields) Fraze, for many years
residents of this county, later moving to Van Buren county, Michigan, where the
father was engaged in general agricultural pursuits. His death occurred in 1899.
The mother is now living in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The paternal grandfather, John
Fraze, was also a farmer all his life. He died at an advanced age in 1908.
His widow, known in her maidenhood as Nancy Lasley, is now past
eight-six years old.
Ozzie O. Fraze was reared on the farm and educated at Benton
Harbor, Michigan. He was graduated from the Benton Harbor College with the
class of 1896. He took up the study of embalming and received his Indiana
license in 1908 and his Ohio license in 1911. He began life as a farmer,
which he continued until he was was twenty-one years old, and after leaving the
farm he engaged in the hotel business until 1902, when he moved to
Winchester, Indiana, and entered the employ of S. E. Fraze in the undertaking
business, remaining with him until 1909, when our subject moved to Lynn and
established an undertaking business on his own account, conducting the same
successfully until 1910, when he sold out and removed to Union City and
bought out the business of D. W. Bickel, undertaker, and in July, 1911,
he formed a partnership with his uncle, S. E. Fraze, under the firm
name of S. E. & O. O. Fraze, and this is one of the best and busiest
firms of funeral directors in Randolph county, enjoying a lucrative and rapidly
increasing business. They are well equipped in every respect and maintain a
neat and modernly appointed office and parlors. They understand every phase of the
embalming and undertaking business. S. E. Fraze has been in the undertaking
business about twenty-five years.
Ozzie O. Fraze was
married June 8, 1904, to Floy Watts, a daughter of Joseph
Watts, of Winchester, Indiana. He is in the postal mail service. Mrs.
Fraze grew to womanhood at Winchester and was educated in the common
schools there. To our subject and wife one child has been born, Harry Watts
Fraze, whose birth occurred in Winchester. March 16, 1909. The wife
and mother was born in that city April 14, 1880.
Fraze is a Republican, and religiously he is a member of the Christian
church. He belongs to the Masonic Order, the Knights of Pythias. the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Owls.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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