|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1874|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 1936|
Business and Art Chief Interests of Frank E. Furst
His Collection of Pictures Known Throughout Nation
Was Son of Pioneer Citizens of County; Born in Lancaster
Farm Boy Developed to Take Place in Industrial World; Funeral on Thursday
Frank E. Furst, one of the victims of Sunday night's motor tragedy, was born on the old Furst homestead, opposite the Fairview school in Lancaster township, March 12, 1874. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Furst, pioneers of Stephenson county. He attended the rural schools and later was graduated from the Freeport high school.
He attended the University of Illinois for one year, later taking a general course at the University of Michigan. Mr. Furst studied law in the offices of Burchard and Burrell of this city and was admitted to the bar but he never engaged in the actual practice of law. Later he entered the employ of the W. T. Rawleigh company, becoming general manager.
His Business Career
The Furst-McNess company, of which Mr. Furst was one of the founders, was organized in Freeport in February, 1908, and through the guidance of Mr. Furst and his associates became one of Freeport's most prominent industries. Starting in a modest manner the company gradually expanded until it took place among the leading business enterprises of its kind in the country, being ranked as the third largest company engaged in this particular line of business. The company occupied a few rooms in property located at South Liberty avenue and East Spring street, now occupied by Guyer and Calkins company. Later it moved into the building now occupied by the W. H. Shons company, South Liberty avenue. With the expansion of business it became necessary to acquire more floor space and the company leased the old Shoemaker building, East Wright street. Then the offices and sales rooms were moved to the sixth floor of the State bank boilding. Finding that their business was increasing in such a manner that a centralization of its entire activities would be for the best interests of the company officers ocquired the property on East Clark street, where the present factory and offices now stand. The company erected a $230,000 factory and office building there in 1919-20 and in 1930 an addition costing $150,000 was erected to meet the increase in business and demand for the company's products. Starting with the employment of only a few persons the Furst-McNess company now employs more than 200 regularly and has a large annual payroll. The company has representateives in every section of the United States as well as in many foreign countries.
Many Branch Offices
The company maintains branch offices in Memphis, Oakland, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland and other cities. The company also carries on business interests in Canada, Bombay, India, and Syria. Likewise it has business interests in South America. It manufactures and distributes more than 200 different kinds of products including medical preparations, extracts and flavors, nectars and food products, stock remedies, toilet preparations, soaps, insecticides, disinfectants, brushes, oils, washing compounds, poultry remedies, stock dips, pocket ledgers, cook books, pad stationery and many others.
Besides being an astute business man, Mr. Furst had an artistic side of his nature, which was highly developed. He played violin, piano and organ and became greatly interested in art white at the University of Michigan and had many creditable
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Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL) 8 Sep 1936
Samuel Furst (1821 - 1886)
Harriet Sophia Grimes Furst (1837 - 1925)
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