FRANK, Geo. W.
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FRANK, GEORGE W., farmer, was born in Jackson township, August 13, 1835. His father, David Frank, was born in Lancaster county, Pa. He grew up on a farm, and become a farmer. He removed to Dauphin county, and settled in Jackson township, where he bought a farm and engaged in raising stock and distilling for many years. He married Annie Cameron, and had ten children: Henry, Jacob, John, Samuel, George, Daniel, Sarah, Susanna, Julia, wife of Frederick Baker, Dauphin, Pa., and one that died in infancy. Miss Susan, Mrs. Baker; and George W., are the only surviving children. Mrs. David Frank died in Jackson township. Mr. Frank's second wife was Gertrude Kider, a native of Jackson township, by whom he has two children: Andrew P. and Joseph. Mr. Frank died in Jackson township in 1873, and his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Frank, in 1889, also their son Joseph in 1889. They were members of the Reformed church. Mr. Frank was a Democrat.

George W. Frank attended the common schools of Jackson township. He remained at home on the farm, and managed the work of farming, distilling, etc., until he was twenty-five years of age. He farmed as a tenant until he was thirty-eight years of age, when he bought a farm of seventy-five acres, on which he erected a dwelling and a barn, and made other improvements, and engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married, in Jackson township, in 1861, to Lydia, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Hoffman, born in Halifax township, in 1842. They have three children: Sarah, wife of George Matter, of Steelton ; Lizzie, a dress maker, residing at home, and Ida M., a teacher. Mr. Frank is a Democrat and has served three terms as school director and one term as supervisor. He is a member of the Reformed church, has been a deacon, and is an elder in that church.

Ida M. Frank, daughter of George W. Frank, attended the district schools, and completed her education at the Millersburg high school, where she graduated in 1893, in a class of ten, and at Shippensburg State Normal School, in 1894, in a class of one hundred and one members. While attending the Normal School at Shippensburg, she took a special course in painting (pastel and water colors), and also in elocution. She has recited at a number of different places, entertainments, societies, local institutes, etc. She also took a partial course in the Bible studies for "The Chautauqua Normal Union." She is now (July, '96) taking a course with the American Correspondence Normal, Danville, N. Y. Since graduation she taught an upgraded school two successive terms, in Jackson township. She is elected teacher of the primary school at Halifax for the coming year. She received her second diploma from Shippensburg Normal School, June 30, 1896, entitling her to the degree M. E., and is now aspiring for some special course at a college. She is a young lady of culture and refinement, and is classed among the best educated teachers of the county. Besides her professional ability, Miss Frank possesses the charm of a pleasing personality and a manner expressive of kindness.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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