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Notwithstanding the fact that he is still young in years Mr. Manning has had long experience in the laundry business. His selection for the responsible position of foreman, upon the consolidation of various companies into the Cascade laundry in 1903, was not the result of chance or any fortuitous circumstances, but a recognition of his eminent fitness for the responsible post. Ever since he first became identified with his present specialty he has given to the work intelligent study, wise discrimination and painstaking industry; these qualities have brought him a comprehensive knowledge of every detail connected with the industry, as well as a high reputation for skillful handling of such work economically but successfully. Having a deep faith in the future prosperity and growth of the Cascade laundry, he early became one of its stockholders and in 1907 the directors chose him to fill the office of vice-president, in which capacity he remains to the present, while also continuing to act as foreman.

Born at Aurora, Ill., July 30, 1876, Frank J. Manning is a son of Abner and Adelia Manning and was sent to the schools of his native city until he had acquired a thorough knowledge of the common branches. Next he entered a business college and for a year enjoyed the advantages offered by a thorough commercial course, which pre- pared him for business activities. Upon leaving college he began to assist his father in a meat market owned by the latter in Aurora, but later he left the market to clerk in a grocery and continued in that position until he determined to remove to California. After his arrival in Sacramento in 1894 at the age of eighteen years he secured work as a helper in the American laundry and this started him in the busi- ness which he has followed from that time to the present. For some years he was connected with the Union laundry, first as foreman only, but later as foreman and also as vice-president, continuing in these offices until the laundry became merged into the combination resulting in the organization of the Cascade Laundry Company.

To one possessing such geniality of disposition identification with fraternal bodies is a natural attribute of Mr. Manning, who finds pleasure in his active co-operation with the good works of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Foresters in Sacramento. While not a participant in partisan affairs nor a seeker for office, be maintains a warm interest in political issues and votes with the Republican party. His family consists of wife and daughter, Irene, the former, prior to their marriage in Sacramento April 9, 1901, having been Miss Caroline Urban. In citizenship he is loyal. Movements for the development of the resources of the city, county and valley of Sacramento receive his cordial support and to such he gives of his time and means and influence. While particularly well informed along the line of his specialty, this does not represent the limit of his business knowledge; on the other hand, he keeps well posted concerning every line of commercial endeavor in his city and watches with civic pride the growth of those industries whose success brings prestige and honor to his chosen community. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011