FRANKEL, popular for
so many years in Mercer as a clothing merchant, was born in the beautiful
city of Berlin, Germany, July 22, 1844. He received a good education in
his native city, leaving school at the age of nineteen years; he met the
requirements of military service and then emigrated to America in 1868,
coming to our shores alone. He went to Greenville, Pennsylvania, where he
was employed in the clothing house of Nathan Block
for a period of almost four years. In 1871 he located at Mercer, and
commenced his real career as a clothier on his own ac count. In 1872 he
admitted R. R. Wright as a partner in the
clothing business, and this partnership existed for sixteen years. Mr.
Wright sold his interest in 1890, and thirteen years later M.
K. Hefling was taken into partnership, when the style of the firm
was the Herman Frankel Company, which is
still in existence.
Frankel erected his present store building, a substantial brick
structure, in 1874. He has been active and progressive in the building of
Mercer and vicinity; has taken much interest in educational a airs and
been a loyal citizen in this his adopted country. He is now treasurer of
the Academy. He has long been one of the directors of the First National
Bank of Mercer and has held the position of town councilman. In his
politics, Mr. Frankel is a supporter of the
Republican party. Fraternally, he is connected with the Masonic order,
belonging to Sharon Chapter and Mercer Blue lodge. He was united in
marriage in 1882 to Miss Mary Zahniser,
daughter of Rev. George Zahniser.
His manner is
generous to a fault; he is kind in disposition and grateful for all favors
shown him; not unmindful of the rights of others; a stanch friend, who
believes life should be made up of more than greed and selfishness. He
counts his friends by the legion.
Century History of Mercer County,
1909, Vol. I, page 518