Biography of Francis X. Zapf
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Zapf, Francis X., is a son of Casper and Agnes (Waible) Zapf, natives of Bavaria, Germany, who came to this country in 1858 and settled in Sanford's Corners, where Mr. Zapf obtained employment at his trade, that of cheese maker, in the employ of Francis X. Bautnert. It was here our subject was born November 14, 1858. Of Casper Zapf's family there were these children: Louis, a farmer of Diana, Lewis county; Barbara, wife of E. L. McNiel, of Watertown; and the subject of this sketch, who was educated at the Pierce Union Business College, of Philadelphia, Pa., and after completing his education he returned to his home in the town of Le Ray and took up the trade of his father, that of cheese maker, in various factories in the county, for his father and later secured a position as foreman of the F. X. Baumert establishment in 1883, and remained until 1886, when he removerito Great Bend, and after making cheese during the summer season he entered the employ of the Great Bend Paper Company, and became assistant superintendent, and the year following a stockholder, and was elected secretary of the company in 1888, which position he acceptably filled until May 3, 1896, when the control of the concern passed into the hands of the Taggart Paper Company, of Watertown, since which time he has held the position of assistant to the general manager. May 5, 1880, Mr. Zapf married Julia M., daughter of Joseph and Maria Dodge, of Great Bend, by whom he had five children, four of whom are living: F. Casper, a student at Carthage; Bertha J., Ethel N: and Walter J., who reside at home. In politics Mr. Zapf has until recently been a Democrat, but is now classed among the large army of Independents. He was appointed postmaster at Great Bend and served through President Cleveland's first administration. He is a Master Mason and charter member of Bethany Lodge No. 821, F. and A. M., of Black River. Casper Zapf died May 22, 1878. in Le Ray, aged 54 years. His widow still survives him at the age of seventy years and is a resident of Great Bend.

 

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