Joseph J. Frankel (1873 - 1948)

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Birthplace: Przerosl, Podlaskie, Poland
Death: Died
Occupation: clothing store
Managed by: Hatte Anne Blejer
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About Joseph J. Frankel

Born "Judel Frankiel" in records from Przerosl, Poland in the Suwalki region.

JOSEPH J. FRANKEL.

Centerville, Iowa

No man occupies a more enviable position in business circles of Centerville than Joseph J. Frankel, proprietor of the large and flourishing dry- goods store which bears his name. He is respected and esteemed by all who know him, not alone by reason of the success he has achieved but also owing to the fact that his business methods have been constantly straightforward and honorable. He is a dependable man under all circumstances and the simple weight of his character and ability have carried him forward into important business relations. A native of Poland, Mr. Frankel was born November 30, 1873, and is a son of Joseph and Eve (Margolis) Frankel, both of whom were born in that country. The father was a contractor and grain dealer and was unusually successful in both branches of activity. He never came to America but passed away in Poland in February, 1904, at the age of sixty-six. Later his widow came to America and settled in Peoria, Illinois, where she now resides, having reached the age of seventy-seven.

In the acquirement of an education Joseph J. Frankel attended school in his native country. He was nineteen years of age when he came to America, settling in Peoria in 1892. He secured a position in a clothing store and retained it until 1900, when he came to Centerville, where he has since resided. At first he worked in a department store operated by A. Grinspan and he continued this identification until July, 1901, when he returned to Peoria and established himself in the wholesale men's furnishing business, under the name of the Peoria Mercantile Company. This enterprise he conducted successfully until February, 1905, when he sold the concern and came again to Centerville, joining Mr. Grinspan in the management of his general store. Their association continued until January, 1910, when Mr. Grinspan was obliged to go west on account of his failing health. Mr. Frankel at that time purchased his interest in the business and has operated the store ever since. His establishment comprises a fine double store and basement at Nos. 116-118 West Jackson street and is one of the finest of its kind in Centerville. Mr. Frankel carries a large and complete line of stock and strives in every way to keep pace with metropclitan progress, buying new goods as they come upon the market and never selling anything not favored by the newest fashion. This progressive spirit is one of the factors in his success, secondary in importance only to the standards of unwavering integrity and honesty to which he has steadily adhered. He has ever utilized his opportunities to the best advantage and, making steady progress in the business world, has today reached a position of prominence and influence. Mr. Frankel has at this writing under contemplation plans for using the entire building in which his store is now located and on realization of this project will own and occupy the largest dry-goods emporium in southern Iowa. Doubtlessly his trade will increase to warrant such enterprise for which he deserves all success, as he is a man who very truly can be called the salt of the earth, one whom it is a pleasure to meet and one whom all who know him only wish the best of success. He is a stockholder in the Centerville & Mystic Interurban Railroad and in the Centerville Gypsum Company and is besides extensively interested in the Hercules Manufacturing Company of Centerville. He owns a beautiful home at No. 700 Drake avenue.

On the 12th of July, 1900, Mr. Frankel married Miss Minnie Grinspan, a daughter of Aaron and Leah (Starovolsky) Grinspan, natives of Knyshin, Russia, where the father was born October 20, 1847. He was reared and educated in his native city and there learned the weaver's trade, which he followed for many years, gaining rapid advancement and finally becoming superintendent of a factory. He remained in Russia until 1882 and then came to America, settling first in Brooklyn, New York. After a short period of residence there he went to Des Moines, Iowa, and there secured a position as superintendent of Sherman Brothers Woolen Mill, continuing in this position for a number of years. Later he came to Centerville and for some time peddled dry goods. Being ambitious, energetic, well educated and intelligent, he was rapidly successful and had soon saved a sufficient sum of money to establish himself in business. He opened a small store near the Burlington depot and after conducting his enterprise in that location for some time moved to a more favorable location, establishing himself at No. 116 West Jackson street, where Mr. Frankel is now located. He continued active in the management of this enterprise until his health failed and he was obliged to go west to recuperate. He died in Seattle, Washington, July 25, 1910, at the age of sixty-three, and is buried in St. Joseph, Missouri. His widow survives and makes her home in Seattle, having reached the age of sixty-six years. Mr. and Mrs. Frankel have become the parents of a daughter, Helena Josephine, who was born May 19, 1904.

Mr. Frankel gives his allegiance to the republican party but is not active in political affairs, although he is public-spirited and loyal to a marked degree. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and with his family is a devout member of the Congregation B'nai Israel. As a resident of Centerville he has been loyal in his support of everything pertaining to the welfare of the city and has made some substantial contributions to its development and progress.

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Joseph J. Frankel's Timeline

1873
November 30, 1873
Przerosl, Podlaskie, Poland
1892
1892
- 1900
Age 18
Peoria, Illinois, United States
1900
1900
- 1901
Age 26
Centerville, Iowa, United States
1901
1901
- 1905
Age 27
Illinois, Peoria
1948
August 20, 1948
Age 74
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