††††††††††† The proprietor of the Washington Brewery, at Grass Valley, Frederick Frank, is a native of the town in which he makes his home, his birth having occurred March 31, 1871, being the fifth in order of birth in a family of thirteen children, only three of whom are now living.† The parents, John and Catherine (Lepharts) Frank, were both natives of Germany and are now deceased.† The father was born in Wurttemberg, and there learned the bakerís trade.† In 1850 he crossed the Atlantic to America, taking up his residence in New Orleans.† A year later he came to Grass Valley and for some time was identified with mining interests.† In connection with David Binklemann, he established the first brewery in Grass Valley. Later he sold his interest to his partner and established another brewery, conducting the same until the time of his death, which occurred in 1883.† After his demise the business was carried on under the supervision of his widow until April, 1895, when she transferred it so her sons G. W. and Frederick.† The partnership between them continued until June 3, 1898, when the elder brother died.† The motherís death occurred in 1896.
††††††††††† In the public schools of Grass Valley, Mr. Frank, of this review, obtained his education and has spent the greater part of his life here.† He was, however, at one time a resident of San Francisco, where he remained for four years, learning the harness making trade during that period.† After his return he became associated with his elder brother in the brewing business, and, as stated, their connection was maintained until the death of G. W. Frank, when our subject became the sole proprietor of the plant and business.† He is a practical brewer, having an excellent knowledge of the business both in principle and detail.† The Washington Brewery is one of the best in California, and its products are very popular and have a large local sale, wherefrom Mr. Frank derives a good income.
††††††††††† On the 20th of February, 1895, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Frank and Miss Mary Hurley, of Nevada County, California.† They now have three sons, Ellsworth, Robert and John.† Mr. Frank exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Democratic Party, and affiliates with the Knights of Pythias, the Foresters of America, the Native Sons of the Golden West and the American Legion of Honor.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.