Frank D. Moulton, one of Ottawa's best citizens, was born in Chicago, the great and wonderful metropolis of Illinois, May 14, 1860, the only child of George W. Moulton and Lina Daniels Moulton. His mother died in the centennial year, when her son Frank was a youth of sixteen.
Much of the life of our subject has been passed in the city of his birth, to whose fine public schools he is indebted for the excellent education which he possesses. He graduated at the Chicago high school in 1879, at the age of nineteen years, and soon afterward accepted a position as clerk in a large wholesale mercantile establishment. The years of 1890 and 1891 he spent in New York city and Baltimore, as timekeeper on elevators being constructed by J. T. Moulton & Son, grain elevator contractors. But he returned to the west, better satisfied with the enterprise and business activity which prevails here. Since 1881 he has been a resident of Ottawa, which place he intends to make his permanent home. He is now engaged with the Pioneer Fireproof Construction Company, and has met with success and has won an enviable reputation among the citizens of Ottawa as a man of sterling uprightness and reliability in all his dealings.
The marriage of Mr. Moulton and Miss Mabelle Ashley, a graduate of the Ottawa high school, and a lady of many attractive characteristics, was solemnized November 8, 1894. Mrs. Moulton is the daughter of Thomas E. and Anna M. Ashley. Mr. and Mrs. Moulton have two children, - George Franklin, born December 14, 1895, and Lina Maria, born March 28, 1899.
Fraternally Mr. Moulton is a Knight of Pythias, and has served as master of finance of his lodge several years. He is also a member of the Uniformed Rank, K. of P., and has been recorder many years. Politically Mr. Moulton is associated with the Republican party. He is a member of the Baptist church, and is a valued worker in the Sunday-school, contributing liberally of his time, means and influence to the advancement of Christianity and high and noble principles of living.
Mr. Moulton is a cousin of George M. Moulton, colonel of the Second Regiment, I. N. G., who served in the late war in Cuba and afterward was a member of Colonel Fitzhugh Lee's staff in Havana.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 255-256.