Frank Fraunfelter

Frank Fraunfelter, superintendent of the Allen County
Infirmary, which is situated in section 22, Bath township, was born July
28, 1856, near Stringtown, Pickaway County, Ohio, and is a son of Israel
and Sabra (Patrick) Fraunfelter. 
        Mr. Fraunfelter comes of Pennsylvania German stock.  His
grandfather, John Adam Fraunfelter, was born in Pennsylvania and was an
early settler in Pickaway County, where he reared his family and died on
his own farm.  Israel Fraunfelter was born in Salt Creek Township,
Pickaway County, Ohio, July 17, 1834.   On November 4, 1855, he was
married to Sabra Patrick, who was born in Pickaway County and died in
1859.  Of the two children born to this union one died in infancy and
the other is the subject of this sketch.  On February 15, 1860, Israel
Fraunfelter married as his second wife Laannah Goodman, a daughter of
John and Sarah (Weaver) Goodman, of Hocking County, Ohio.  In the fall
of 1865 Israel Fraunfelter and family came to Allen County, settling in
German township, where he engaged in farming.  Through good management
and industry he developed what was considered the best farm in the
township.   He was a prominent Democrat and was elected by that party as
infirmary director.  Israel Fraunfelter died at the age of 57 years.
Three sons and one daughter were born to his second marriage.  At one
time Israel Fraunfelter was the candidate of his party for county
commissioner; he served as township trustee for a long period.  At death
he left 220 acres of good land.
           Our subject was in his 10th year when he accompanied his
parents to Allen County.  His father settled on a farm three miles west
of Lima in German township and our subject remained at home until he
attained his majority, having obtained his education in the common
schools of his district.  In the fall of this year he married and
settled on a farm he bought near Allentown, a fine tract of 95 acres.
He resided there until 1903 when he gave up farming in order to accept
his present responsible position.  For 12 years Mr. Fraunfelter was a
justice of the peace in German township and is a man noted for his many
sterling traits of character and for the excellence of his judgment.
These things were taken into consideration by the infirmary directors in
their choice of superintendent.         
          Mr. Fraunfelter was married in November, 1877, to Delilah
Kesler, who was born in German township, Allen County, Ohio, and is a
daughter of Abraham and Juliana (Crites) Kesler, natives of Ohio.  They
have five children: Roe, wife of J. G. Baxter, Mount Sterling, Ohio;
James A., who operates his father's farm in German township; Jessie,
wife of J. E. Miller, of Elida; and Walter and Grace, who live at home.
            Mr. Fraunfelter has been a life-long Democrat and has been a
very active party worker and on many occasions has been selected as a
delegate to conventions.  Since he was 16 years of age he has been a
member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and has his membership at
Elida.