B Frank Saylor

B Frank Saylor

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Aug 1920 (aged 82)
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAYLOR, Lancaster's leading photographer for many years, is known to the community as an honorable man and a reliable tradesman.

Henry Saylor, his father, was born in 1796, and Elizabeth Derr, his mother, was born in 1804. Their home was at Trappe, Montgomery county. The father, who was a contracting carpenter, met an accidental death, while at work on his own premises, and the papers of that section gave lengthy accounts of the tragic death of one whom they regarded as a mast worthy and estimable man. This occurred in 1851, when he was fifty-five years old, Mrs. Saylor dying eight years later, Oct. 12, 1859. at the same age as her husband was when called home.

Benjamin Franklin Saylor was born Feb. 24, 1838, and was educated in the public schools of Montgomery county, and left Trappe for Philadelphia when he was twelve years old. In 1858 he became a student of photography at Ninth and Spring Garden streets. In 1865 he came to Lancaster to take charge of the late Charles Eberman's gallery, which he later purchased. This gallery was on the north side of West King street, and in 1882 he bought the building where his residence and gallery are now found on the south side of the same street. It is one of the fine buildings of the block, and contains two stores besides the gallery and the residence.

Mr. Saylor was married Feb. 23, 1876, to Miss Anna Catherine, a daughter of the late Emanuel Shober, proprietor of stage and mail routes in Lancaster county before the railroad and trolley line. He had a hotel at the corner of North Queen and Orange streets, a popular and familiar establishment with the traveling public. This property is now in the hands of the Y. M. C. A. Mr. Shober, who died in 1869, was the owner of two paper mills, one at Eden, and the other at Slackwater. He is known in history as the pioneer paper manufacturer in this section of the country. To Mr. and Mrs. Saylor were born the following children: Paul, who died of diphtheria, aged one year; Benjamin Franklin, Jr., now employed at the freight station of the Pennsylvania railroad; and Carl Frederick, telegraph operator for the Pennsylvania railroad. Mr. Saylor's ancestors were German; their religion was that of the Lutherans, and he and his wife are members of the same church. He has served at various times as vestryman, warden and elder, as well as assisting in the choir for fully thirty years. Ever since his arrival in Lancaster he has served in the Sunday School. Mr. Saylor was among the promoters of Christ and Grace Lutheran Churches, children of Old Trinity, and in the early history of Grace Church, was choirmaster, secretary of the Church Council, and Superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Savior is a charter member of the Lamberton Lodge of Masons, and a member of the Council, Chapter and Knights Templars. He became a member of Franklin Lodge, No. 5, I. O. O. F., of Philadelphia, in 18S9.

Apart from his devotion to his family and his art, Mr. Saylor finds delight in hunting, and yearly makes hunting excursions with Dr. Miles L. Davis into the wilds in search of health and strength. Mr. Saylor has finely mounted specimens of the deer family in his commodious home, which are trophies of his many hunting expeditions. A bear-skin rug attests his prowess in the pursuit of big game, and his reputation in that line of adventure in this community is favorably regarded by his fellow sportsmen. Mr. Saylor is a fine conversationalist, and his narrations of forest life are as interesting as instructive. His political views are stanchly Republican, first, last and always, though he has never sought or held any position of political complexion, pursuing by preference the various demands of his professional calling, and the duties and privileges of an everyday citizen.
Source: Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., Pa., 1903 by J. H. Beers & CO.
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