Biography of Frank G. Phillips

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Phillips, Frank G., Buffalo, eldest son of Anthony and Eva (Baker) Phillips, was born in Buffalo, N. Y., December 22, 1858. Anthony Phillips, a native of Strassburg, France (now Germany), came to America in 1840 and settled in Buffalo, where he followed the business of contracting and building until his death in March, 1883. His wife, a daughter of Joseph Baker and a native of Buffalo, died in 1892. Frank G. Phillips received a public and private school education, and then entered the trunk manufacturing establishment of S. Henry Runcie & Co., with which he has ever since been identified. From errand boy and clerk he became a salesman, and during the last twelve of the twenty years of his connection with that firm he represented them on the road. On February 15, 1886, he bought them out and since then has successfully conducted the establishment alone. The business, which has been located at 352 Main street since 1885, is an extensive one-one of the largest, in fact, between New York and Chicago. All kinds of trunks, valises, etc., and many leather goods are manufacture& Mr. Phillips is an able business man and takes a keen interest in all worthy enterprises. For eleven years he was a member of the 74th Regiment, N. G. N. Y., rising to the position of captain of Co. G, which commission he held four years. He is a prominent member and for three years was treasurer of the Buffalo Catholic Institute, is a member of the C. B. L., was a charter member of the Buffalo Catholic Club and is a member and for one year was a director of the Buffalo Orpheus.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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