Biography of Frank J. Sonderman
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

FRANK J. SONDERMAN, a member of the firm of Frank J. Sonderman & Company, leading dealers in dry goods, clothing, shoes and carpets, at Fort Recovery, was born at Fort Recovery, January 7, 187o, and is a son of Anthony and Agnes (Harter) Sonderman.

Anthony Sonderman was a wagon maker by trade and was one of the early pioneers of Fort Recovery. He was past 70 years of age at the time of his death, which occurred in the spring of 1896. He was the father of five children: Mary Elizabeth, deceased at the age of three years; John A., who died in 1882 aged 20 years; Mary Louise, a member of the firm of Frank J. Sonderman & Company, who married S. N. Seifert, and has four children - William L., August Frank, George and John V., Frank J., the subject of this sketch; and William, also a member of the firm of Frank J. Sonderman & Company.

Frank J. Sonderman was reared in Fort Recovery and at the age of 13 years left school and went to work in a hardware store, where he remained for three years. He then went to work as clerk for Krenning & Son in November, 1885, which position he heid until 1891. His next position was that of clerk in a large dry goods store in Toledo, Ohio, where he worked for one year and a half, when he was obliged to return to Fort Recovery on account of his father's ill health. In 1893 he established the firm of Frank J. Sonderman & Company, consisting of his sister, Mrs. S. N. Seifert, his brother William and himself. The store was opened in a small way in a, building owned by Charles Schneider, and the same lines were carried which they now handle, viz., dry goods, men's clothing, shoes, carpets, etc. They were in the Schneider Building until 1903, when they moved to their present location in the Fetter Block, occupying the entire ground floor of two store rooms, half of the second floor and the basement. The firm has increased the volume of its business each year, and now carries a very large stock of the lines dealt, in, which have been mentioned above.

Mr. Sonderman was married November 12, 1895, to Mary A. Schunck, a daughter of Jacob Schunck, of Celina. They have had three children: Catherine Agnes, Madonna L. and Agnes Florence. Mr. Sonderman is a member of the Catholic Church and also of the Catholic Knights of Ohio.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
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