BIOGRAPHY - Frank B. Fagerburg

FRANK B. FAGERBURG, proprietor of the Bon Ton Boot and Shoe Store, is one of the leading young business men of the city, wide-awake and enterprising. He has been engaged in his present line for only a few months but has already won a liberal patronage and his store is rapidly gaining favor with the public. Mr. Fagerburg was born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ill., on the 21st of .September, 1863, and is a son of Alfred and Catherine (Johnson) Fagerburg. His parents were born in Sweden and, leaving their native land in 1853, crossed the Atlantic to America, settling in Rockford, Ill. They now reside in McLean County of this State, where the father is engaged in farming.

We now take up the personal history of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He received liberal educational advantages, attended Augustana College of Rock Island, where he learned the Swedish language, and was graduated from the Wesleyan University in the Class of '80, following which he took a course at the Business College of Bloomington, Ill., and was graduated from that institution in 1881. Having thus been well-fitted for a business career, he then accepted the position of assistant paymaster of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company, which he held for six and a half years, being a trusted employe of the road. He then went to Boston and for two years was secretary for the superintendent of motive power for the New York and New England Railroad Company. At the expiration of that time, he came to Paxton, and since December, 1891, has been engaged in his present business. In Bloomington, Ill., September 25, 1884, he wedded Jessie L. Wolcott, who died about a year later. One child of this marriage, Rudolph F., died in infancy.

On the 2d of May, 1890, Mr. Fagerburg was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte F. Anderson, a native of this State, born in Champaign, and a daughter of Peter Anderson. He and his wife both belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and, in his political affiliations, he is a Republican, having supported that party since he attained his majority. Socially, Mr. Fagerburg is a Knight Templar Mason, holding membership with Paxton Lodge No. 416, A. F. & A. M.; Ford Chapter No. 113, R. A. M.; and Mt. Olivet Commandery No. 38, K. T. He also belongs to Paxton Lodge I. O. O. F. He is one of the live young business men of Paxton, has a well-stocked and tasty store and is building up a prosperous and increasing trade, which he well merits.

Extracted 22 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, page 243.

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