Biography of Frank L. Weishaar
Will County, Il Biographies





Frank L. Weishaar. - One of the representative business men of Joliet is Frank I. Weishaar, vice president and director of the Will County National Bank and general superintendent of the Joliet Republican Printing Company. Throughout his life his main interests have been centered in this city, where he is a property owner and a useful citizen.

Mr. Weishaar was born in Richton, Cooke County, Ill., April 22, 1861, the son of Ignatz and Johanna (Ledoux) Weishaar. Ignatz Weishaar was born at Schoenburg, France, Feb. 16, 1831, and his wife was a native of Switzerland, born Feb. 14, 1834. In March, 1824, Mr. Weishaar came to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he was married April 5, 1853. For a number of years Mr. Weishaar engaged in general farming near Chicago and later removed to Joliet where he was well known as a dry goods merchant. He was highly esteemed in Joliet and during his residence in this city lived at 303 Center Street. He was a devout member of St. John's Catholic Church and was an organist in that church. On April 14, 1903, the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Weishaar was celebrated in St. John's Church, Rev. Polycarp, O. F. M., being celebrant of the Mass as well as the speaker on that happy occasion. Mr. Weishaar died Nov. 5, 1909, and his wife died April 19, 1910. They are buried in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Joliet. Mr. and Mrs. Weishaar were the parents of 15 children as follows: Frances, the widow of Frank Weiss, lives at Joliet; Mary, deceased, was the wife of Curtis Brainard; Rose, deceased, was the wife of Andrew Bear; Josephine, married John Frederick, both deceased; Frank I., the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, deceased; Katherine, married Charles Young, lives at Joliet; Johanna, married Jerry Lovejoy, lives at Glen Haven, Fla.; August, deceased; Anna, married Jay Dahl, lives at Columbus, Ohio; Clara, married Anthony Reichman, both deceased; Pius, deceased; Rachael, the widow of Dr. Frederick Schoop, lives at Lockport, Ill.; Pauline and Geneveva, deceased.

In the parochial schools of his native city, Frank I. Weishaar obtained his education. After leaving school he learned the tailor's trade and soon after entered the employ of the Joliet Republican as an apprentice typesetter. At that time James Goodspeed was the proprietor of the newspaper as well as postmaster. The office was located at South Ottawa Street where the People's Abstract Company now stands. Mr. Weishaar has continued his connection with this concern since July 1876. About 1880 he was transferred to the press room, of which he was later made foreman. He held this position for five years, after which he was promoted to foreman of the composing room. Since 1902 he has served as general superintendent of this plant, which was moved to its present location in 1904.

For a number of years Mr. Weishaar has been identified with the Will County National Bank. He has been a director since 1910 and in 1925 was elected vice president.

In 1888 Mr. Weishaar was united in marriage with Miss Lunetta Thayer, the daughter of Caleb C. and Johanna (Murphy) Thayer, both deceased. Mr. Thayer was a veteran of the Civil War and a well known resident of Joliet, where he engaged in the contracting business. Mr. and Mrs. Weishaar have no children.

Mr. Weishaar is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, Joliet Council, No. 32 and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce. He is identified with the Merchant's Association, of which he served as director for nine years.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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