Biography of Frank W. Meese
McKean County, PA Biographies





FRANK W. MEESE, proprietor of the St. Elmo Hotel, Kane, was born in Somerset county, Penn., in 1835. His father, Elijah Meese, of English descent, was born in Somerset. Penn., April 25, 1808, and died in New Philadelphia, Ohio, March 29 1879, weighing, at the time of his death, 427 pounds. The mother of our subject, Mary (Walter) Meese, who was of German descent, was born near Somerset, Penn., February 15, 1799, and was killed nuar New Philadelphia, Ohio, by her horse running away, December 14, 1861. When the subject of these lines was ten years old, his parents removed to Tuscarawas county, Ohio, where he was reared and completed his edncation, remaining there until 1851, when he went to Somerset, Penn., and then to West Virginia, and was there employed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company as extra passenger and freight conductor, retaining that position until 1861. He then enlisted in Company F, Sixteenth O. V. I., for a term of three months. He was wounded at the battle of Carrick's Ford, in July of that year, and at the expiration of his term of service returned to West Virginia and resnmed his former position on the Baltimore & Ohio road. In the spring of 1862 he svent to Hollidaysburg, Penn., was conductor between Altoona and Harrisburg, and in 1863 was transferred to the Huntingdon & Broad Top road, where he remaiued until May 9, 1864, when he was sent to Renovo, and was conductor of a local freight train between that point and St. Mary's. October 17, 1864, the road was opened to Kane, which was made his terminal point. February 8, 1865, he was appointed yard dispatcher at Kane, a position he held until June 20, 1869, when he resigned and entered mercantile life, being associated with J. D. Leonard. This he continued until 1873; then in September, 1874, he became the proprietor of the Centennial Hotel, which he condncted until June 20, 1880. In this hotel, July 4, 1874, Mr. Meese accidentally shot himself through the thigh with a revolver, and was laid up with the wound over a year. In 1881 he built the St. Elmo hotel and opened it to the public on June 25 of that year. Mr. Meese is a genial, courteous gentleman, and this, added to his natural business ability, qualifies him for the position as landlord of one of the best hotels in Kane. Among his other accumulations he has gained in flesh until he tips the scales at 350 pounds. In politics he is a Republican, and in religion independent. F. W. Meese was married to Missouri M. Keefer, May 5, 1859, in Cumberland, Md., by Rev. Pat Hamill. His wife died March 2, 1860, in Frederick city, Md. He was next married to Kate Virginia Penner, of Cumberland, Md., November 12, 1874, by Rev. Father Delaroque, in Kane, Penn. His son, F. W. Meese, Jr. (by his first wife), resides in Kane, Penn., is a painter and paper hanger, in politics is a Republican, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On Sunday, September 16, 1866, Mr. Meese, at the suggestion of George Welker, performed a mock marriage, uniting in the bonds of wedlock, Casper Hufinagle and Miss Lizzie Marker, daughter of Fred Marker. This was the only mock marriage Meese and Welker ever were connected with, as it cost Mr. Welker some trouble and money to persuade Huffnagle to relinquish his bride.

From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
Pennsylvania
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Chicago, 1890.

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