Local Family Histories
'Working to preserve the rich heritage of the Temecula Valley'
William Max Friedemann
by Ralph Friedemann
William and Jessie Friedemann's Wedding Day

   Born October 30, 1887 Highland, San Bernardio,California - Died August 31, 1967 - Nickname: "Will"

    Bill lived in Riverside County for 61 years. William moved to Elsinore in 1906. He worked for H. H. Niemann for 4 years as a butcher and ice man.

    In 1910, George (William's brother) and Will purchased slaughterhouse in Temecula from Herman Vogel.

    Year 1911, Will married Jessie Swanguen in the Town Hall in Temecula on 4th st.

    Year 1915, Will purchased business from his brother George. Will sold the business in 1942.

    Between 1946 and 1950, Will spent 2 years in the Cattle Business in Madera, California and 2 years raising Alfafa and etc. in Hemet, California.

    Year 1950 Jessie and Will returned to Temecula and bought back the slaughterhouse. Will operated the slaughterhouse and meat department at the old M&M market for 5 years.

    Will sold the business again in 1957 and retired in 1964.

    Will served for 21 years on the Board of Trustees for the Temecula School system. Note: Temecula School was built in 1915.

    Will also served 4 years on the Elsinore Board of Trustees for the Elsinore School System. Note: He gave Pat Friedemann her High School diploma.

    Will and Jessie were original members of the Murrieta Bridge Club when it was formed in 1926.

    Will and Jessie were Charter members of the Mt. Rubidoux White Shrine #31 of Riverside organized in 1938.

    Will was Past Master in 1924 of Elsinore Masonic Lodge 289. He was Past Patron 3 times in 1926,1936 and 1941 of Elsinore Chapter 243.

In the early 1920's Will was president for many years of the Masonic Building Assoc. which administered the Building of the Elsinore Masonic Lodge.

    Will is in the Temecula Cemetery put there on September 5, 1967.

    Johann Gottfried Friedemann born 1803 --his son Johann Ferdinand Friedemann Born 1828. Both were from Patschwig, Saxony, Germany. Johann entered New York in 1848.

    Will had two brothers George , Ernest , brother Albert and 3 sisters Alma, Elsie, Elizabeth.

    There is an Ed. H. Friedemann in Novato and a Maxwell Friedemann in Denver, Col.

    Ernest Friedemann was in the US Army (W.W. I ) in 1916.

    The original owners of the Temecula Meat Packing Plant (slaughterhouse) were Charlie and Bob North,brothers. They also owned a meat market in downtown Temecula on Front street.


   Jessie's parents were Preston Van Swanguen and Cassandra Johnson.

    Late 1800s -Preston homesteaded 160 acres and acquired 320 more acres to form the Swanguen Ranch on the North side of the Santa Margarita River and east of Temecula in the foothills. Camp Pendelton borders the old Ranch. San Diego State University has acquired the Ranch and is operating a Biology Field Station on the land. It's called the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.

    Christmas Eve 1907 Constable Preston V. Swanguen was murdered in the Temecula Pool Hall by Horace Magee (half Indian Half Irish) (age approx. 29)

    Jessie grow up on the Ranch and lived her whole life in Temecula, Madera & Hemet , California.