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Charles Frankel

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Przerośl, Suwalki, Poland
Death: December 15, 1923 (59-67)
Peoria, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Yosel (Yosef) Frankel and Chava Frankel
Husband of Rosa Frankel
Father of Fannie Frankel; Mandel Frankel; Max Frankel and Jeannette Frankel
Brother of Rochla Leja Bryman; Julius Frankel; Mortchaj Frankel; Estera Frankel; Isaac IB Frankel and 7 others

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About Charles Frankel

Charles Frankel's father Joseph (Iosel/Josel) Frankel was from Merkine, Lithuania. His grandfather was his Tsalko Frankel, who Calko (Charles) appears to be named for. I don't have a death date for Tsalko, but he was born c. 1796 so it makes sense that he would be deceased by 1860 when Charles was born.

Charles, known as Calko (which is the Polish transliteration for the Hebrew/Yiddish nickname for the given name Bezalel), transliterated Tsalko more often in the Lithuanian records. Born in Przerosl on Sept 15, 1860. The Peoria Star records (on his death) that he was the first of his family to arrive there in 1880. "Brothers and sisters followed him and he provided and cared for them until they were able to care for themselves."

About 1893 he opend a crockery and notions business. "His straight business dealings and square handling of patrons soon won him a large patronage, and ... for many years he conducted a general merchandise building. About 1903 he lived two years in Kewanee, engaged in mercantile business, but returned to Peoria as city sealer of weights and measures. After his tenure of office he opened a grocery store, Frankel's Market, which he operated until shortly before his death.

Immigrated from "Russia" in 1880.

Listed in Peoria as "peddlar" 208 State Street.

Harry Frankel worked for him after arriving in Peoria.

Born Chalko. Recorded as born in 1860 in Przerosl. U.S. Census says born 1862. Gravestone says born 1880 but that may be a mistake.

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Charles Frankel's Timeline

September 15, 1860
Przerośl, Suwalki, Poland
Age 24
Peoria, IL, USA
Age 30
Peoria, IL, USA
Age 34
Age 37
December 15, 1923
Age 63
Peoria, IL, USA