Biography of John W. Frankeberger
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John W. Frankeberger. A busy and constructive career has been that of John W. Frankeberger, who for almost half a century has been prominently identified with the business life of Mansfield. He is vice president and general manager of the Mansfield Lumber Company, and treasurer of the Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Frankeberger was born at Galion, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1859, the son of William J. and Jane (Whitworth) Frankeberger.

William J. Frankeberger was born in York County, Pa., and came to Ohio with his parents when he was a young boy. They settled on a farm south of Mansfield. He was a cabinet maker by trade and later lived at Galion. His wife was born in Lincoinshire, England, in 1836, and died in 1872. Both are buried at Galion. Mr. Frankeberger was a Republican and a member of the Methodist Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Frankeberger were born four children: Clara, the widow of B. Sawyer, lives in California; John W., the subject of this sketch; Edgar, deceased; and Ada, married William Smith, lives at Medford, Ore.

William J. Frankeberger was the son of William J. Frankeberger, a native of York County, Pa., and one of the early settlers of Richland County. He is buried at Little Washington, Ohio. Jane (Whitworth) Frankeberger was the daughter of Henry and Jane Whitworth, who came to the United States from England in 1854 and settled in Ashland County, Ohio. Later they removed to Galion.

The Frankebergers are of Holland Dutch descent and are said to have come to this country as early as 1735.

John W. Frankeberger obtained his education in the public schools of Galion and early in life was a carpenter by trade. He came to Mansfield in 1885 and the following year became identified with the Nail & Ford Lumber Company. The business later became known as the Mansfield Lumber Company, and Mr. Frankeberger became its manager in 1900. He has served as vice president and general manager since 1906. For many years he has been identified with the interests of the Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company and has served in the capacity of treasurer since 1917. He is a director of the Farmers Savings Bank, Mansfield; director of the Lucas State Bank, Lucas, Ohio; director of the First Sayings & Loan Company, Mansfield; and a director of the Indiana Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company, Indianapolis, Ind.

On June 1, 1884, Mr. Frankeberger married Miss Jeanette Britcher, the daughter of Jacob Britcher, a native of Berks County, Pa., now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Frankeberger were born four children: 1. Fred, associated in business with his father, married Miss Anna Hoover, and they have two daughters, Josephine and Mildred. 2. C. E., a World War veteran, underwriter for the Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Company, Mansfield, married Miss Pearl South, and they have a son, John. 3. Nellie M., lives at home. 4. Inez, married Lincoln Fisher, lives at Valley Station, Ky.

Mr. Frankeberger is a Republican and served as a member of the Board of Education from 1892 until 1898. He is a charter member of the City Club, past director of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, and belongs to the Westbrook Country Club. He belongs to Mansfield Lodge, No. 35, F. & A. M.; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past grand and past patriarch.

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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