|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1851|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1908|
Businessman and mayor of Butte, Montana.
From The Butte Miner, August 22, 1908:
H. L. Frank died August 17, 1908 in Cincinatti, Ohio. Frank was a prominent early Jewish businessman and mayor of the frontier town of Butte, Montana, and founder of the town of Frank, Brittish Columbia. Born in Ironton, Ohio on July 5, 1851, he went West and settled in Butte in 1877 acting as proprietor of a log cabin saloon. Frank found prosperity in the retail and wholesale liquor business in Butte, including founding the Butte Water Co. and the Silver Bow Electric Co. He built the building on East Broadway where the Ranchhouse bar was formerly located. He served as mayor from 1885-86 and served two terms in the Montana Legislature prior to the turn of the century.
H. L. Frank's final venture was coal mining. He founded the town of Frank, British Columbia - a mining town. Tragically, a landslide in 1903 wiped out most of the population of Frank's boom town.
From The Story of Butte, Guy Piatt, 1897:
"HON. HENRY L. FRANK is one of Butte's most enterprising -and successful men. He was born in Ironton, Ohio, July 5, 1851. His ancestors in the old country were wine-growers in Alsace, then In France, but now a part of Germany. His father, Moses Frank, a native of that place, emigrated to America when a boy settling in Cincinnati and becoming a wholesale merchant. He still resides there. Henry L. Frank is the eldest of a family of eight children. He was educated in his native city in the public schools, and obtained his mercantile knowledge In his father's store. After leaving home he spent two years in Colorado and New Mexico, and then came to Butte. This was in 1877. Here he engaged in the wholesale liquor business, in which he has had great success. His trade was small at first, conducted in a log cabin with a dirt roof. It had been the Copperopolis restaurant and stood in the group of buildings on Main street ...It is where the Butte Hardware company building now stands. Mr. Frank remained in that location for three years, and then removed to the corner of Main and Broadway, remaining there four years. Next he located at the corner of West Broadway and Hamilton street for six years, when, his largely increasing business necessitating larger quarters, he removed to his present location on East Broadway.
He has a fine large store, occupying two floors 42x100 feet, besides a building at the depot 40x100 feet for storage, refrigerator and bottling. These facilities for doing business give some idea of the growth of his trade since he first started out in it. His business also extends into the various portions of the State. Mr. Frank is also largely interested in mines in Montana, Idaho and British Columbia and has added materially to his wealth thereby, one recent sale returning him, it is understood, about $100,000.
Mr. Frank has been Mayor of Butte twice, has been elected to the State Legislature two or three times, and has been prominent in furthering all public matters since his first coming to Butte. He is liberal and enterprising, has many friends, and is popular wherever known. He is a thirty- third degree Mason and belongs to the Knights of Pythias and Elks, and is a member of other societies."
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