Biography of Dr. Frank Creager
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





DR. FRANK CREAGER, the wellknown dentist of Fremont, Sandusky county, was born July 25, 1850, in York township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, on the farm of David Moore, about four miles southwest of Bellevue, Ohio, son of Jacob and Margaret Ann Creager. The parents, who were of German descent, came from Hagerstown, Maryland.

In early life our subject removed with the family to White Pigeon, Mich., and thence to Elkhart county, Indiana, where he was reared on a farm, and where he received a common school education. In 1865 he commenced the study of dentistry with Dr. H. B. Boswell, of Rochester, N. Y., and in 1870 accepted a situation as an assistant in the office of Drs. Cummins and Hawk, of Elkhart, Ind., remaining with them three years. To these gentlemen he is indebted for much of his early education in dentistry. In 1873 he located in Fremont, Ohio, for the practice of his profession, soon establishing a large and lucrative business, and gaining the national reputation he now enjoys. He also enjoys the distinction of having spent more years in active practice than any other dental practitioner in the history of Sandusky county. It is needless, however, to speak of him in a professional light, for his skill as an operator and his mechanical abilities are extensively known. The prominent positions he has occupied in the various dental societies of the country are also matters of history. He has one of the finest dental offices in the State, provided with all the modern improvements and appliances known to the profession, many of which are of his own invention.

On March 11, 1875, Dr. Frank Creager was married to Miss Clara L. Moore, of Ballville, Ohio, daughter of John and Eliza Moore; the children born to them were Edna, Volta, Grace, Bessie and Frankie Bon. The first two died of diphtheria in the latter part of the winter of 1880, Edna dying February 19, and Volta on the 29th of the same month, only a difference of ten days in the time of their deaths. When twenty one years of age Dr. Creager joined the Masonic Fraternity at Bristol, ind., but shortly afterward he took a dimit and united with Brainard Lodge No. 336, F. & A. M., Frernont, and has been an active member ever since. He is now the master of the Lodge, a position he has held continuously for three terms, and under his guidanceship it has acquired an enviable reputation. In fact it is conceded to be one of the best working Lodges in the State. He is also a member of the Grand Council, Royal Arcanum; but the efforts which brought him most prominently before the people were in the interest of the National Union (a similar beneficial organization), and especially the local Council which was named, in honor of his little girl, ''Edna." The loss of this child, their first born, was a severe blow to the parents, and the honor thus bestowed by his associates in naming the Council after her perhaps made the Doctor take more than the usual interest in its welfare. Edna Council was instituted December 3, 1883, with forty nine charter members, and Dr. Creager was chosen its first president. The following January he was re-elected, and the officers and members went to work in such an earnest manner that in less than six months the roll was swelled to more than a hundred members, and Dr. Creager's name appears on nearlyall the applications.

At a meeting of the Ohio State Assembly, which was held in the city of Fremont June 10, 1884, he was chosen Senator for two years, being one of the first Senators elected by the Councils to represent the Order in that Supreme body. The Edna Ritual was exemplified by the Council to the members of the Assembly during their stay in the city, and although in rather a crude state, it was well received. At the session of the Senate in 1884 Dr. Creager was elected speaker, and also a member of the Finance Committee. At the session of 1885, held in the city of Chicago, he was elected vice president, and was also retained on the Finance Committee, of which he was a valuable member. During 1885 he was a member of the Committee on Laws. At the session of the Senate held at Mansfield in 1886, he was chosen president, and on his return home was met at the depot by the council in a body, and escorted to his residence on Main street, where he was most cordially received by his neighbors and the members of his Council. The following year he was unanimously re-elected president of the Senate, and was also made a life member of that Supreme body - one of the highest honors within its gift. In 1888 be revised the Ritual originally prepared by him, which has been unanimously endorsed by every Council and member of the Order.

In 1891, during the session of the Senate at Milwaukee, Wis., he presented to the assembly a beautiful and impressive Burial Service, in perfect keeping with the tenets of the Order, which has been universally admired. His last and best effort, however, in ritualistic work, was the Public or Private Installation Ceremony written and arranged by him in 1894. It is a scholarly production, and commends itself to nearly all the fraternal societies of the country. It can truly be said that Dr. Creager has tried to serve the order faithfully and well - "With malice toward none, with charity for all." Taking the office at a time when affairs at headquarters were not in the best condition, he has triumphantly come through it all, and today the National Union is recognized as one of the leading beneficial societies.

Dr. Creager is a pleasant and fluent speaker, most of his addresses being in connection with the Grand and Supreme bodies with which he is affiliated. In 1895 he entered actively into the campaign which terminated in the nomination of Col. Horace S. Buckland as a candidate for common pleas judge, announcing his name to the convention in an eloquent speech, which was most enthusiastically received.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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