FREDERICK W. LABAN, a leading jeweler of Toronto, was born August 13, 1859, son of Nicholas and Marie (Knoblauch) Laban, native os Germany. In that country his father was engaged in business as a grain merchant. He was married about 1854, and by the mother of Fredericl W., above named, had twelve children, seven of whom are living. The mother died about 1878, in Niederslauben, Germany. The subject of this mention was reared and was given his education in Germany, where also he acquired the trade of jeweler. In September, 1880, he came to America, and settled in New York city, where he remained one year. He then removed to Steubenville, where he made his residence for four years, practicing his trade, in which he then continued at Washington, D. C., for one year. At the end of that time he returned to Steubenville, and opened a small jewelry store, which he managed for two years. In 1886 he came to Toronto, and here embarked in the jewelry trade, in which he is still prosperously engaged. He is one of the popular young business men of the city, and in building up a handsome custom has evinced business ability of a high order. On May 1, 1883, Mr. Laban was married to Minnie Floto, daughter of Henry Floto, of Steubenville, and they have one child Lilly, born in 1884. Mr. Laban is a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Knights of Pythias.
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