FREDERICK R.B. PFEFFERKORN
Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan
Containing Portraits And Biographical Sketches Of Prominent
And Representative Citizens
Record Publishing Co., 1895
|Frederick R.B. Pfefferkorn, a leading druggist and pharmacist of Manistee,
has a well equipped store at No. 320 First Street. He is an enterprising
young business man, but though young in years possesses the characteristics
which lead to success, and has already manifested good financial ability.
The birth of our subject occurred in Dresden, Saxony, April 27, 1866. He received a liberal education, attending the local schools from his fifth until his twelfth year, and from that time until his sixteenth year was a student in the Dresden High School. He was fond of chemistry, and had practical training in a drug store during a period of three years. In 1883 he emigrated to the United States, and for six months resided in Chicago. From there he went to Milwaukee, where he obtained a clerkship in a drug store. In 1884 he passed the pharmacist's examination at Madison, Wis., and returned to his former employer bearing the added honor and usefulness of a licensed prescription druggist. He continued to live in Milwaukee for a year and a-half longer. While in Chicago he had spent every leisure moment in studying the English language, with which he then made his first acquaintance. His examination was altogether in English, yet he received the mark of "Perfect."
It was in June, 1885, that Mr. Pfefferkorn came to Manistee. He was soon given employment with Dr. J. Kinsley as a prescription clerk in his drug store, and served in that capacity faithfully for nine years. In the summer of 1894 he opened his store, which he is still conducting.
During the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, our subject was favored with a visit from his mother, Mrs. Emma Bergmann. She came to see the White City, and to pass some time with relatives. After a pleasant stay, covering some four months, she returned to her native land, and soon after passed to her final rest. The father, Ernst B. Pfefferkorn, died in 1877, from the effects of exposure during the Franco-German War, in which he participated. He had only two children, one of whom died in infancy.
February 9, 1888, occurred the marriage of our subject and Miss Isabella, daughter of Henry Doelle, a retired merchant of this city. The lady was born in the Badger State, July 8, 1863, and was educated at Green bay, Wis. The young couple have a little son, Ernst H.C., born August 3, 1894. The parents are members of the German Catholic Church, of this city, and are held in the highest respect by all who have the pleasure of their acquaintance. The success which our worthy subject has achieved is due to his industrious and economical habits, for by these means he managed to lay aside a portion of his earnings regularly, and, with some aid given him by his mother, was able to establish his present business.