Few Niles residents are aware, but the last surviving veteran of the Indian Wars, Frederick Fraske, is buried in St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Fraske was born in 1872 in Posen (Poznań), Poland, which was then part of Germany.
He joined the Army in 1894, serving as a medic and a mail carrier at Fort D.A Russell near Cheyenne, Wyoming, preparing for an Indian attack that never came. But if it had, Fraske later said, "We were all prepared for it. The Indians weren't bad eggs, not more than anyone else, but they've been abused. We had no serious trouble with them." He was discharged from the military in 1897.
Fraske lived most of his long life in Chicago. He worked as a painter and as a security guard. Fraske retired when he was 88 and he passed away in 1973.