BIOGRAPHY - Frank E. Sharp

FRANK E. SHARP, proprietor of a livery, feed and sale stable in Gibson City, first opened his eyes to the light of day in Geauga County, Ohio, on the 20th of November, 1857, and is a son of George and Sarah (Austin) Sharp. His parents were born in the State of New York. About 1858, the family removed to Rock County, Wis., and the following year came to Ford County, Ill., spent a year and returned to Rock County, where they made their home till 1864, when they again came to Ford County. They settled in Wall Township, but returned to Wisconsin, locating in Walworth County in 1890.

Our subject accompanied his parents from Ohio to Wisconsin, and from there to this county, arriving in 1864. He received his educational training in the common schools and was reared to manhood under the parental roof. In 1877, he engaged in farming on his own account in Wall Township, and continued there until 1882, when he removed to Elliott. There he learned the harness-maker's trade and was engaged in that vocation for three years. He then bought a farm, which he operated one year, and then came to Gibson City, buying into the livery business, which he continued for only a few months, when he engaged in harness-making, which he carried on until he established his present business in March, 1892. In addition to his livery stable, he also owns and operates a dray line, which he is carrying on very successfully, doing a good business.

Mr. Sharp led to the marriage altar, on the 30th of June, 1887, in Elliott, Miss Lou Miller. Mrs. Sharp is a native of Illinois and is a daughter of James Miller. She is a consistent member of the Methodist Church and by her union with our subject has become the mother of one child, Shirley, aged four years.

In political sentiment, Mr. Sharp is a stalwart supporter of the Democratic party, and takes an active interest in its advancement. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, holding membership with Hesperon Lodge No. 123. He and his wife are leading members of the social circle in which they move, and are prominent citizens of Gibson. He is public-spirited and progressive, and is one of the enterprising business men of the community.

Extracted 22 Aug 2019 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 259-260.

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