City History

Randolph Lafayette Frazee

Randolph Lafayette Frazee, for whom the city of Frazee was named after, was born in Hamden Ohio on July 3, 1841.  He was the son of Ephraim and Margaret Petty Frazee, who were also natives of Ohio.  The name apparently originated at Fraisse, France. Siblings of Randolph were Eliza, 1833, Clinton-1836 and Theodore-1848.  Clinton's son, Frank, born in 1859 in Ohio, came to Frazee and worked for R L Frazee as a bookkeeper.  He died December 2, 1882 at the age of 23, and is buried in the Chilton cemetery.  He was single.

     On July 31, 1864, R L Frazee was married to Mary J Brandt at Hamden Ohio in Vinton County.  She was born in 1843 in Essen Germany.  Their son, Charles Randolph was born in Ohio on May 21,1865.  The family came to Minnesota in 1866 and lived at St. Cloud where R L Frazee owned a small sawmill operated by Joseph Sartell.  Their daughter Mary (May) was born in 1868.  She became the wife of F J McArdle.  Wm Edgar was born in New York Mills on October 1, 1870. Henry (Harry E) was born on January 18, 1873.  Paul Clifford was born in Frazee, April 13, 1875.  Cora Estella was born on May 19, 1879 in Pelican Rapids. She became the wife of Dr. A L Mark.

     Randolph L Frazee died at his home in Pelican Rapids on June 4, 1906 from a heart disease.  His wife, Mary Jo Frazee, died on January 2, 1923 in St. Paul.  Their graves are in the Lakeview Cemetery at Pelican Rapids.