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Herman Frankel

HERMAN FRANKEL, popular for so many years in Mercer as a clothing merchant, was born in the beautiful city of Berlin, Germany, July 22, 1844. He received a good education in his native city, leaving school at the age of nineteen years; he met the requirements of military service and then emigrated to America in 1868, coming to our shores alone. He went to Greenville, Pennsylvania, where he was employed in the clothing house of Nathan Block  for a period of almost four years. In 1871 he located at Mercer, and commenced his real career as a clothier on his own ac count. In 1872 he admitted R. R. Wright as a partner in the clothing business, and this partnership existed for sixteen years. Mr. Wright sold his interest in 1890, and thirteen years later M. K. Hefling was taken into partnership, when the style of the firm was the Herman Frankel Company, which is still in existence.

Mr. Frankel erected his present store building, a substantial brick structure, in 1874. He has been active and progressive in the building of Mercer and vicinity; has taken much interest in educational a airs and been a loyal citizen in this his adopted country. He is now treasurer of the Academy. He has long been one of the directors of the First National Bank of Mercer and has held the position of town councilman. In his politics, Mr. Frankel is a supporter of the Republican party. Fraternally, he is connected with the Masonic order, belonging to Sharon Chapter and Mercer Blue lodge. He was united in marriage in 1882 to Miss Mary Zahniser, daughter of Rev. George Zahniser.

His manner is generous to a fault; he is kind in disposition and grateful for all favors shown him; not unmindful of the rights of others; a stanch friend, who believes life should be made up of more than greed and selfishness. He counts his friends by the legion.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, Vol. I, page 518

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