Biography of Max Frankenau
Fresno County, CA Biographies





MAX FRANKENAU, senior member of the mercantile firm of Frankenau Bros., of Sanger, was horn in Bavaria, in 1850. His father, S. A. Frankenau, was an early pioneer of California, and settled at San Francisco, with a store at Gilroy, and for many years was engaged in a general mercantile business. Our subject was educated in Europe, both in the classics and mercantile pursuits, and came to America in 1867, and after a few months in New York City lie came to San Francisco, where for about three years he was engaged as bookkeeper in the large mercantile establishment of Buckingham & Hecht. In 1871 Mr. Frankenau, with his father, opened a general mercantile store on King's river, at Centerville, under the firm name of S. A. Frankenau & Son, which is still in operation, and is the oldest mercantile house in the County. Modesto was at that time the nearest point on the railroad, and from thence they staged to Centreville, which was the only settlement on the upper King's river. The store contained a general assortment of iner-chandize pertaining to the ranch or household, and during their business career they acquired thousand of acres of ranch property, and were also quite extensively engaged in the stock business. In the spring of 1889 the firm of Frankenan Bros. was established at Sanger, which is composed of the three brothers, Max, Sigmund and Albert. They constructed their brick store, with spacious basement, 40 x 100 feet, at Sanger, in February, 1889, and opened the store for business on July 1, 1889, keeping a general assortment of household goods and all ranch requirements, and carrying a stock of about $35,000, The store at Centreville is still continued, which, however, they are about closing, as with their satisfactory business connection the trade will follow them to Sanger.

Mr. Max Frankenan is a charter member of the Farmers' Bank of Fresno, and of the bank of Central California, of which he is a director. The firm are also charter members of the Bank of Sanger, off which Sigmund Frankenan is Vice-President. Mr. Frankenau was married in San Francisco in 1886, and now resides at Centreville, but is about to build a spacious residence in Sanger.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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