Biography of Frank J. Illig


Illig, Frank J., Buffalo, was born in that city December 5, 1853. After finishing his elementary education he went to work for his father at Shepard's, as a mechanic in copper, tin, and sheet iron work. After seventeen years' service at this establishment he came to the conclusion he would start in business for himself, which he did in 1883, engaging in the hardware and stove business at No. 541 William street. In 1883 he was appointed civil service commissioner by Mayor Becker, and after a year he was appointed police commissioner to succeed Michael Newell; this was May 7, 1889, and he served on the board with Mayor Becker as president, and B. C. Shafer as acting commissioner. When Mr. Shafer retired to assume the duties of comptroller, Commissioner Illig became acting police commissioner. Shortly after retiring from the commissionership of the Police Department he engaged in partnership with Conrad Hammer in the brewing business. The brewery is known as the Germania and is situated at Nos. 1615-1621 Broadway.

Our County and it's people
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Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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