ABBOTT, FRANK DANFORD. - Born at Bethel, Windsor county, Vermont, January 29, 1853. Of mixed English and Dutch
extraction, showing in his personality characteristics of both races. His family name has been handed down in unbroken
succession by a long line of ancestors. The first of his direct ancestors to settle in America was Danford Abbott,
who located in Andover, Mass., in the early settlement of that town. The subject of this sketch received a liberal
education, and early exhibited a fondness for music. His first intention was to devote himself to the work of a
professional musician. In 1873 he came to Chicago, and entered the employ of George Woods & Co., of Cambridgeport,
Mass., organ manufacturers. This eastern house had at the time established a branch in this city. After spending
some time in the office, Mi-. Abbott began traveling for the firm, and became their first general western representative.
While thus occupied he began newspaper work by contributing short articles to a musical paper called the Vox Humana,
and acting as correspondent from different points along his route. He thus gained a somewhat extensive musical
journalistic experience. In 1884, a paper called the Presto was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by Mr. Abbott,
as an auxiliary to the business in which he was engaged. Latdr, the paper was moved to Des Moines, where it was
published for two years as a monthly. Its growth seemed to warrant a wider field, and Mr. Abbott brought the paper
to Chicago, and made it a weekly publication, where it has since been located and steadily continues to increase
in growth and influence. It is today second to no journal of its class in the United States in point of reputation
for ability and general excellence. With commendable enterprise,Mr. Abbott is now publishing a daily edition of
the Presto, which is to be continued until the close of the World's Columbian Exposition. It is devoted largely
to musical matters at the fair. Mr. Abbott has always taken a prominent part in movements fostering better and
more extensive musical education, and has materially as sisted in the organization of various state associations.
While engaged in traveling, Mr. Abbott met Miss Eva Shugert, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to whom he was married in 1878.
He has one child, Bertha. Mr. Abbott is a member of the Chicago Press Club, and a Freemason with a chapter degree.
He has made the building up of the Presto his life work. A special feature of this publication is widely known
as the Presto Year Book. This publication is a thoroughly complete annual compendium of musical and music trade
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