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Fredrick T. Aschman

FREDERICK T. ASCHMAN,  chemist, was born in Hudson City (now Jersey City Heights), N. J., September 26, 1858, and is a son of Frederick T. and Mar­tha E. (Davis) Aschman. The former was a native of Switzerland, who immigrated to New York, where he met and married Martha E. Davis, of Ann Arbor, Mich., a daughter of Gen. Martin Davis, one of the pioneers of Ann Arbor. Mr. Aschman, Sr., was head of the silk importing house of F. T. Aschman & Co., of New York, and died at Hudson City, September 4, 1867, leaving four children, Frederick T. being the eldest of the family. On his death-bed Mr. Aschman requested his wife to educate the children in Europe, and in the spring of 1868 she crossed the Atlantic with her family, and our subject spent eight years in the schools of France and German Switzerland. He returned to New York in 1876 with the intention of entering his father’s old firm. His mind, however, had a scientific bent, and in the fall of 1877 he entered the School of Mines of Columbia College, and graduated in May, 1881. In the meantime he had made a trip to Europe, in 1880, where the balance of the family still were. He worked in New York during the summer of 1881, and the following autumn accepted the position of chemist for the Wheeler Iron Company, at West Middlesex, Penn. In the spring of 1882 he made a second trip to Europe, and there married Marie Zolikofer, of St. Gall, Switzerland, and returned with his wife to West Middlesex, where she died June 17, 1883. He remained in West Middlesex till the spring of 1884, when he came to Sharon and opened an office as general analytical chemist, and has since done a large and successful business, being the only general chemist in the Shenango Valley. Mr. Aschman was again married, April 15, 1866, to Mary D., daughter of William C. Bell, one of the pioneers of Sharon. A daughter; Dorothy B., is the issue of this union. Mr. Aschman and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of Sharon, in which body he fills the office of deacon. He is a Republican in politics, and belongs to the Masonic fraternity.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 704

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