FRANK J. ABERLE. There is no project instituted for the advancement and upbuilding of Mount Olive which does not find a stanch advocate in Frank J. Aberle, one of the prominent citizens of this community. He is one of Illinois' native sons, his birth having occurred in O'Fallon, on the 16th of May, 1869. His parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Aberle, were natives of Germany, and Louisiana respectively, and after their marriage they lived for some years at O'Fallon and at Freeburg, Illinois and then, in 1875, removed to Belleville. In 1887 they took up their abode in Mount Olive, where the father was killed in the mines in 1901. The mother still survives and is yet residing in Mount Olive.
Frank J. Aberle spent the period of his boyhood and youth in the home of his parents and acquired his education in the public schools of Belleville. As early as his fourteenth year he laid aside his text books and entered the ranks of wage earners, becoming a clerk and helper in a grocery store in Belleville, where he was employed for about four years. He then went to Staunton and there accepted a position in the mines, being thus engaged at that place and also at Mount Olive for several years. In 1893 he severed his connection with mining interests and became a bartender in the saloon which he now owns. One year after accepting this position, he opened a bar of his own and for seventeen years has been connected with that line of activity in Mount Olive. Possessing excellent business ability and keen discrimination, he has prospered in such measure during the intervening years that financially he ranks today among the substantial and influential men of Mount Olive. His interests extend into other channels, also, and he is now secretary of the Mount Olive Ice, Cold Storage & Fuel Company and a stockholder in the Wire Reinforced Harness Manufacturing Company.
It was on the 19th of March, 1891, that Mr. Aberle was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Mitchell, of Mount Olive, and unto them have been born four children, as follows: Gertrude, residing at home, who graduated from the Mount Olive High School with the class of 1909 and who is now engaged in teaching music; Amelia, who died at an early age; Lena, a freshman in high school, who bears the proud record of having never missed a day nor been tardy a minute since she started to school; and Philomene, a pupil in the graded schools.
Fraternally Mr. Aberle belongs to the German Lodge, U.O.T.B., No. 86, of Mount Olive, and for fourteen years has served as treasurer of the lodge. He is a republican in politics and is a conspicuous figure in the party ranks here. In 1901 he was elected to the office of village clerk and has since held that office continuously. Preeminently a public spirited man, he is always foremost in any movement pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the community, and occupies a prominent place among the leading representatives of Mount Olive, whose efforts have been potent forces in the development of this locality.