|In Memory ~ John D. Frank
|Transcribed from Canton Repository April 3, 1907
|J.D. FRANK'S LIFE ENDED.
Death Claims Well-Known Canton Shoe Dealer,
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Wide Acquaintance Through Business Church and Social Connections - Funeral Friday.
John D. Frank, shoe merchant of Canton for 30 years, died of uraemia at 11 o'clock Tuesday night, at the family
home, 1044 North Market street. Long association in Canton business circles, and church and society
connections, gave him a wide acquaintance in the city. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran church, in
charge of Rev.. Paul Strodach, at 2: 30 o'clock, Friday afternoon. Internment will in Westlawn cemetery.
Born Near Uniontown
John D. Frank was born near the village of Uniontown, Lake township, this county, June 20, 1847. He was 60
years of age at the time of his death. His father was a native of Washington County, PA, but spent the greater part
of his life in Lake township, where he died in 1886, at the age of 80. His mother's death occurred in 1855.
The educational career of John D. Frank included a common school education in the Uniontown schools, a course
in an academy at Greensburg, Summit County, and also at the Iron City Business college, at Pittsburgh. He
graduated from the latter institution at the age of 18.
Saw Service in Civil War
In May, 1864, at the age of 17, Mr. Frank enlisted as a private in Company G, 162 O.V.I, commanded by Col.
Ephriam Ball. His regiment was assigned to guard duty at Covington, KY. At the expiration of his time and having
received an honorable discharge at Camp Chase, September 1864, Mr. Frank returned home and for a time
assisted his brother David T. in the grain business at Uniontown later he was a clerk in mercantile establishments in
Canaan, Wayne County and at Sandusky, O.
Entered Shoe Business
In 1876 he entered the employ of Cutter and Howe, Akron show dealers and later was a salesman in the shoe
house of S. E. Phinney in the same city. He embarked in the shoe business for himself in Canton in 1877, and
occupied at the beginning one-half of the present John D. Frank shoe store, in South Market street. His business
grew and the entire store room was taken over. The Tuscarawas street shoe store of Mr. Frank was established
by him in 1889.
Mr. Frank married Alice Sieberling, a native of Akron, on July 26, 1876. Surviving him are his widow, and these
children: Mrs. Frank C. Strayer, Fred Frank, and Grace, Margaret and Katherine Frank. Milton Frank, of East
Liverpool, and D. T. Frank of Massillon are brothers, and Mrs. Elva Schoner, of Uniontown, is a step sister.
Mr. Frank was an elder and trustee of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and member of William McKinley post, G. A.
R, the Elks lodge, the Star Union and National Union.
In his last illness Mr. Frank had been bedfast since Thursday of last week.