Hi Jack --
I'm glad this helped, and I hope his grandson decides to follow through with the grave marker.Just because he did a little bootlegging during Prohibition is what brought this whole tragedy about.Although I certainly don't condone the final outcome, I would nevertheless be honored to place a headstone, if this were my grandfather.
I also found Albert's WWI Draft Reg. Card.Down at the bottom is Albert's PERSONAL signature.He has signed it:
FREISLEBEN, not "Frieslenben."
Therefore, this is the PROPER way to spell his last name.Brother Einer ALSO spells it "Freisleben."But, brother Emil is on the 1920 census as "Friesleben" -- however, this is an enumerator's mistake, as you will see later on.Here's a couple of tidbits about Emil's sons, William (b. ca. 1910) and Walter (b. ca. 1913):
1.I can't find Emil, wife May A., or son William on the 1930 census.However, Walter is an inmate at the State Reformatory in Green Bay.
2.In the late 1920's, and throughout the 1930's, acting sometimes together and sometimes individually, William and Walter were multiple repeat offenders in all sorts of criminal acts -- their main bag was holdups/armed robberies of small stores, taverns and gas stations throughout south-central Wisconsin, with a little auto theft and forgery mixed in.Then, in Aug. 1942 after 3 years in prison, Walter escaped from the WI St. Prison at Waupun.About one month later (Sep. 1, 1942), he was shot and killed in a stolen car while fleeing in a high-speed chase from two highway patrolmen in St. Louis County, MO.
HMMMNN, it looks like the whole darn family were criminals -- I might as well transcribe this article, too.
Source (my personal transcription):
Tuesday, September 1, 1942
Page 15 (of 16 pages)
"Fleeing Wisconsin Convict Killed By Missouri Police"
"St. Louis --(AP)-- The driver of a stolen automobile, fleeing from two state highway patrolmen, was shot and killed today in a 75-mile-an-hour chase in St. Louis County.
"He was identified through fingerprints as Walter Feisleben, 30, who escaped Aug. 2 from the Wisconsin state prison, where he was serving one-to-25 years for assault and robbery.
"Troops Harold Burton and Ralph Dillard had pursued the driver of a stolen car yesterday but the man eluded them after wrecking the machine.He left behind a coat which matched the pants of the man they shot in this morning's chase.
"In the pursuit, Dillard Dillard emptied his revolver at the fleeing motorist.Burton, who was driving, knocked out the windshield of the patrol car and fired five shots, while Dillard fired three more shots with a rifle.
"Freisleben, whose left hand is amputated at the wrist, lost control of his speeding machine and it careened to a stop.He alighted and reached for his pocket as if to fraw a gun, the troopers reported.Dollard (sic) then fired two more rifle shots at him and he fell.He had been wounded about five times.
"Freisleben was sentenced to the Wisconsin state prison May 12, 1939.The charges were based on a series of holdups in Fond du Lac and adjacent counties.
"He and Arthur Johnson, 19, of Chippewa Falls escaped from a prison camp Aug. 2.Johnson was recaptured at Eau Claire Aug. 14.
"Freisleben was shot and wounded in February, 1925 (sic -- should be 1935), in attempting to escape from two Milwaukee detectives who had gone to his Milwaukee home to question him about two Racine holdups.His father, Emil, and his brother, Albert (sic -- CORRECT, oldest bro. -- this is NOT his Uncle Albert), were arrested and all three confessed holdups of a Racine tavern and an East Troy drugstore.The father was sentenced to one to three years and the brother to one to five years."
Stevens Point Daily Journal
Friday, February 8, 1935
Page 1 (Front page of 14 pages)
"THREE ARRESTED AS SUSPECTS IN STATE HOLDUPS"
"Officials Believe Father, Sons Responsible for Reign of Terror in Jefferson County"
"Milwaukee, Feb. 8 ---(U.P.)--- Authorities today believed a solution near to the recent reign of terror in Jefferson county and southern Wisconsin where shootings, holdups and robberies have been rampant for several weeks.
"The solution is believed to lie in the arrest of Emil Freisleben and his two sons, Arthur (sic -- this is Emil's son, Albert) , 27, and Walter, 22.The latter was shot and dangerously wounded yesterday when he battled seven detectives who sought to question him.
Section Title: "Find Arsenal"
"A search of the Freisleben residence after the shooting in West Allis revealed an arsenal of stolen rifles, shotguns and a .38 caliber revolver.In addition to the guns, police discovered seven stolen radios, several automobile tires and wheels and hundreds of dollars worth of automobile accessories, robes and store merchandise.
"The men were positively identified in a tavern holdup at Burlington Friday night and a filling station holdup at Waterford Sunday night, police said.They also have been identified in connection with recent Racine robbereis (sic), according to Racine detectives.
"Authorities are now seeking to link the trio with the murder of Ellsworth La Dien, Jefferson filling station attendant, during a robbery there Nov. 19.Several shotgun shells similar to the one used to kill La Dien were found in the Wawatosa house, Sheriff Joseph Lang (sic -- Lange) of Jefferson county said.
Section Title: "Cartridges Similar"
"Cartridges for a .38 revolver, similar to the ones used last week in the shooting affray at Ixonia when two bandits fled in automobiles belonging to a deputy sheriff and a circuit judge, also were found in the men's possession.Sheriff Lange fired several shots from the Freisleben revolver to compare with slugs used in recent shootings.
"Walter Freisleben who still is in critical condition at County Emergency hospital with a bullet hole through his chest, has a crime record dating back to 1926 when he was 12 years old, police records revealed.Arthur (sic -- Albert), who gave his name as Alfred O'Neill, escaped from the Green Bay reformatory in 1927 after serving 18 months of a five year sentence for a payroll theft in Sauk county."
Man, what a bunch!But, I guess this is more info than you needed.
You CAN'T be from Omak!!!One "Omak Jack" is enough!For recreation, I shoot pool.I'm good enough to get into the money at most semi-pro and open regional tournaments.About 3 or 4 times a year, several of us from Oak Harbor go "over the Hill" to Okanogan for one of these tournaments at "The Club" tavern.One of the guys I never seem to be able to beat is "Omak Jack" -- Hagee, that is.He owns a large and very successful auto-detailing business in Omak (don't know the business name) and his sister owns half-interest in "The Club."
We also come over several other times a year to fish Leader Lake, Buzzard Lake, Lake Conconully and, occasionally, Blue Lake.Then we always somehow manage to hit the Friday Night and Sunday Afternoon local tournaments while we're there.We' ve been doing this for YEARS!
Small world gets SMALLER, eh?
Mike Collier <--- no plans to go to Virginia
Oak Harbor, WA