The business interests of Earlville, Illinois, have an important factor
in the person of Charles A. Frank, proprietor of a bakery, restaurant and
Mr. Frank was born in Earl township, LaSalle county, Illinois, April 28, 1872, son of August H. and Ann (Cook) Frank, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ireland. The Frank family is composed of three sons and five daughters, namely: Harriet, wife of Levi H. Norton, of Zearing, Iowa; Amanda, wife of John Norton, of the same place; Laura, of Chicago; Isadora, wife of E. Schwanz, of Somonauk, Illinois; Frederick W., of Paw Paw, Illinois; James D., of Earlville; Charles A., whose name introduces this sketch; and Mayme, of Earl township. August H. Frank, the father, was six years old when brought by his parents to America. For a number of years he lived in New York. By trade he is a carriage painter, at which he worked in the east, but on coming to Illinois he turned his attention to farming, first working on his father's farm at Somonauk. In 1871 he came to LaSalle county and settled on a farm in Earl township, one mile north of Earlville, where he made his home a few years. For the past twenty-two years he has lived in Earlville.
Frederick Frank, the grandfather of Charles A., served his time as a soldier in the German army, and after coming to this country devoted his attention to farming. He died near Somonauk, Illinois, at about the age of seventy years. His family was composed of five sons and one daughter. The maternal grandfather of our subject was William Cook. He died in Ireland, at an advanced age.
Charles A. Frank was reared in Earlville from his fourth year, receiving his education in the public schools. In November, 1895, he engaged in his present business, opening a bakery, restaurant and confectionery, and for the past four years has done a prosperous business, keeping a neat and attractive establishment and catering to a good class of trade.
As above stated, Mr. Frank has lived in Earlville ever since he was four years old, and it should be added that he has a host of friends who appreciate his many good qualities of heart and mind as well as his excellent meals and polite attention to patrons. Mr. Frank is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also belongs to the orders of Knights of the Globe and Modern Woodmen of America. Politically, like his father, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 17 Jul 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 466-467.