Biography of Frank Diesel
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DIESEL, FRANK. - Born April 9, 1838, in Buechelberg, Bavaria, Germany. He is the son of Michael Diesel and Theresia Deris. His parents were Bayanians, near borders of Alsace, and their ancestors, particularly on his mother's side, saw much military service during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. The grandfather, Xavier Dens, was in that general's Russian and Moscow campaign; was shot through the hand at a battle near Moscow, and received a pension from France during his life time. He lived to be over eighty. The parents of the subject of this sketch came to America in 1842, locating at Cincinnati, in which city his father died in 1854. He had been taught at various schools, among them St. John's Parochial Catholic, but at twelve years of age began work in a hardware store, where he remained one year. He next learned the tinner's trade, and, coming to Chicago in 1855, worked eight years for Michael Greenebaum. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company K, 89th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He participated in a number of battles, and was wounded at Stone River, near Murfreesboro, Tenn., and on account of a gun shot wound was discharged from the service April 10, 1863. Returning home he took up his old trade and up to March 1, 1877, was foreman and superintendent for the Adams & Westlake Manufacturing Company. In that year he organized the firm of Diesel & Folz, and began the manufacture of tin cans for fruit, meat, oysters, etc. This concern remained in existence until 1884, when it was dissolved, and, Mr. Diesel continued the business alone, the present location of facmoi-y and residence being at 701 to 707 North Halsted street. He is in religion a Roman Catholic and in politics a high tariff republican. He has never been affiliated with many societies, but is a member of and takes considerable interest in American Post 708, G. A. R. Mr. Diesel was married in 1864 to Barbara Ross, and has a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
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