Biography of Martin Frank
North Central Ohio Biographies

Martin Frank. Numbered among the representative young business men of Mansfield is Martin Frank, who is associated with M. Frank & Son, one of the oldest and best known business enterprises of Richland County. He is a native of this city, born Jan. 13, 1893, the son of Louis and Helen (Flockenzier) Frank.

Louis Frank was a native of Mansfield and the son of Martin and Mary (Croft) Frank, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Galion, Ohio. Martin Frank came to the United States with his parents when a young man and they settled at Galion, Ohio. Later, they removed to Mansfield, where Martin Frank became widely known as a brewer, being the originator of the famous "old fashioned Frank lager." He operated the city's largest brewery from 1866 until his death, and was succeeded to the business by his son, Louis, who continued the business until the time of his death in 1915. Louis Frank married Helen Flockenzier, a native of Germany. She died in 1904. Both are buried at Mansfield. He was a Democrat, a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank: Martin, the subject of this sketch; and Albert G., a sketch of whom appears in this history.

After his graduation from Mansfield High School in 1913, Martin Frank attended Oberlin College. At an early age he became associated with the interests of M. Frank & Son as a traveling representative. After his father's death in 1915, Martin and his brother, Albert G., continued the business in a most successful manner until the time of national prohibition. They have since manufactured soft drinks. Since 1929 they have also been interested in the raising of mushrooms on a large scale for commercial purposes, and they have met with success in this unusual undertaking.

Mr. Frank was married in 1914 to Miss Velma M. Turner, the daughter of Milo and Ida (Ward) Turner, natives of Huron and Richland counties, respectively. Their children are: Martin, III, born in 1922; and Patricia Louise, born in 1929.

Mr. Frank is a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, and belongs to B. P. O. Elks, No. 56; Loyal Order of Moose, Amima Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is a Democrat in politics.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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