Biography of Leopold Frankl
San Luis Obispo County, CA Biographies





LEOPOLD FRANKL, the founder of San Simeon, is a '49er, and a prominent business man of San Luis Obispo County; he was born in Vienna, Austria, April 7, 1818, the son of Adolph Frankly, a native of Austria, and a merchant all through his life. His grandfather, on the maternal side, was Alios Leathern, a mail carrier in Austria for years, and lived to the great age of 110 years. Mr. Frankl's mother, Catherine (Leathern) Frankl, was a native of Austria. They had six children, of whom three are living, the eldest, the middle one and the second. The eldest is now eighty five years of age, the youngest, the subject of this sketch, is seventy two years. Be was educated in Austria, and learned engineering, and worked in the mines in California as a mining engineer. From 1856 to 1860 he was with General John C. Fremont in his mining enterprises in Mariposa. He built the railroad and 100 stamp mill at the Benton Mines, named by Fremont after Jessie Benton, his wife's name before marriage. Be afterward worked in the mines, and had 250 men at work. When Fremont went to Europe, in 1860, Mr. Frankly rented the mill, and sent the gold to Krahaugen & Cruse, and to Davison, agent of Rothschild's Bank, in San Francisco, General Fremont went to England to raise money, and the arrangements were about consummated when the civil war broke out, and the unsettled condition of the country prevented the dosing of the business. In 1865 Mr. Frankly sold the mines to T. W. Parks, by order of General Fremont. He then was engaged in the mines at Mexico, for Tillinghast, agent of a London mining company, for fifteen months He became sick and came to San Simeon, and for years was wharfinger and agent for the Pacific Steamship Company. In 1875 Mr. Frankl opened a general merchandise store in San Simeon, and has conducted it until the present time, enjoying a great portion of the business for miles around. He received the appointment. of Postmaster in 1874, and has held the position ever since. He sold seven leagues of land to Senator Hearst for $85,000, and has done most of the building in San Simeon. He also owns very valuable property. and for the past few years has been reducing his real estate; he has made lately two sales of $10,000 each. He has a large mercantile business, conducted by his nephews in Lake View, Oregon. He was raised to the Hebrew religion, and in his political views is a Republican.

From:
A Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Ventura, California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

California
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012