Mathias Family Archives

Freddie & Lula Mathias


Wednesday, May 24, 2000


All Photographs and text and sound copyright ©2000 Dennis Mathias

Fred talks about Jesse James


Freddrick James Mathias
spelled his name with two d's. And everyone around 'Frog Pond' called him "Freddie".  Frog Pond was the general area Freddie and Lula lived and farmed all their lives near Liberty and Tate Nebraska.

Freddie was the son of he son of Frederick George Mathias
and Helen James


In 1911 Freddie married
 Lula Thomas, the daughter of
Alma Myrtle Vaughn
Joseph Thomas
She was born on a farm in Kansas.  Her father was Station Agent for the railroad at Armour Nebraska near Liberty. Thatīs how Fred met her. Lula was 16 and Freddie was 17 when they were married in Pawnee City, Nebraska. making their home on a farm near Liberty, Nebraska where they raised  a family.

Fred & Lula Get Married

Freddie and Lula Thomas were wed at the Shannon Hotel in Pawnee City, Nebraska since they were building the new courthouse.

The newspaper account read:
  They were married at 8:00am with Judge Barton performing the ceremony in quiet fashion. The bride's parents and sister attended as well as Groom's parents. The couple went to Gretna, KS. on Wednesday for their honeymoon

Gossip in the family indicates that Fred and Lula were very poor during the first part of their marrage. So poor infact that Fred's father (Frederick George Mathias) had to bring them food on a regular basis so they wouldn't starve!