FRANK MAXLER, president of the Buffalo Milling, Freeport Planing mill and Schenley Ferry companies and proprietor
at Freeport of one of the leading merchant tailoring establishments of the county, is a son of John and Barbara
(Helbling) Maxler, and was born at Freeport, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1844. John Mailer was
born and reared in Byron, Germany, where he learned the trade of stone mason. He came, in 1838, to Venango county,
where he settled at Cherry Tree, on Oil creek, and remained one year. He then came to Freeport, which he made his
residence until his death, which occurred March 4, 1886, when be was in the seventy sixth year of his age. He followed
stone masoning during the summer seasons, and worked at coopering during the winters. He was a catholic and a democrat,
and was married in Pittsburgh to Barbara Helbling, a native of Bavaria and a member of the Catholic church, who
died November 27, 1888, at seventy eight years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Maxler were an honest, industrious and well
Frank Mailer was reared at Freeport and attended the public schools. Leaving school, he entered Fullerton's woolen
factory and learned the woolen manufacturing business, at which he worked for several years. On February 14, 1865,
he enlisted in Co. E, 78th regiment, Pa. Vols., for one year and served until September 11, 1865, when he was honorably
discharged at Harrisburg. After the war he worked in woolen factories until 1872, when he entered J. H. Shoop's
merchant tailoring establishment, of Freeport, and served as a clerk for five years. At the end of that time be
went to Europe, where he traveled through England, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland and spent several days in London,
besides visiting the birthplace and early home of his parents. After returning from the old world he entered into
partnership with his former employer, under the firm name of Shoop & Maxler. This partnership continued until
1883, when Mr. Maxler withdrew and built his present large two story brick business house on Market street. He
then engaged in the gents' furnishing and merchant tailoring business, in which he has continued successfully ever
since. His exquisite taste and good judgment in selection of cloths, woolens and furnishing goods, coupled with
fashionable tailoring done at reasonable prices, has secured him his large and growing patronage.
In politics, Mr. Maxler is a democrat, has served as assistant burgess and is a member of the present borough council.
He is a member of the Catholic church and a popular business man who has ever retained the confidence of the public.
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
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Armstrong County Pennsylvania Biographies
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