FRANK, Charles, boot and shoe dealer, was born in Philadelphia February 1, 1839; son of Jacob and Mary (List) Frank. When he was six years old he removed with his parents to Columbia, Lancaster county, where he attended the public schools until he was sixteen years of age. In 1855 he came to Harrisburg and entered the employment of he Pennsylvania Railroad Company, first serving an apprenticeship as a wood coaker and remaining with the company seven years. In 1862 he enlisted in company B, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers, and served ten months and then reenlisted for three months, serving in Tennessee on detail with the construction corps in the position of assistant foreman of a construction gang. During his term of enlistment he participated in many important engagements, among which were the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. After his discharge from the army he returned to the employment of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, where he remained until 1869, when he embarked in the boot and shoe business at the present location, where he has been engaged in a very successful trade for over twenty-seven years. In 1876 he also became a member of the firm of Forney Bros. & Co. and continued his connection one year. Mr. Frank is one of the organizers and a stockholder of the Chestnut street market house. He is identified with the Masonic fraternity, is a charter member of Lodge. No. 59, K. of P., and is also connected with Post No. 58, G. A. R. In the political sentiments he stands with the Republican party. His church membership is in the Fourth Street Lutheran church.
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