John Steve Frey, Sr. was born in east Cobb County on January 4, 1898, the son of John and Jane Beasley Frey. Owner of a
Marietta grocery store for 20 years, Mr. Frey later farmed and ran a cotton gin in Kennesaw. He also worked as a Cobb County deputy sheriff. In 1946, Mr. Frey bought and still owns land on the corner of Roswell Road and U.S. 41, which later became the site of the "Big Chicken." His former Kennesaw farm is now the home of Kennesaw College, and his cotton gin became the home of "The General," the famous Civil War locomotive. Mr. Frey's three children with his deceased first wife Lena Bentley Frey, still live in Cobb County. He and his second wife, Sara "Billie" Skelton Bozeman Frey, have been married for 15 years, and live in
Kennesaw. Mrs. Frey is also a Cobb County native, living in both the Kennesaw and Smyrna areas during her youth.
Interview with John Steve Frey, Sr. and Sara Skelton Bozeman Frey, 1988-01-28, Cobb County oral history series, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.