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Old Timers 1893

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)


WILLIAM S. SANNER. Among the leading and progressive business men of the thriving town of Frackville, must be placed the man whose name heads this sketch. He is a son of John T. and Catherine (Sander) Sanner, and was born in Minersville, on February 24, 1859.

He is of German ancestry, and belongs to an old and respectable family. His father was born in the kingdom of Prussia in the year 1824, and emigrated to the United States about 1856 or 1857. His first place of residence was in Minersville, from which place he removed to Mahanoy Plane in 1869, thence to Frackville in 1874, where he died February 13, 1880. He was a miner, which business constituted his life's work. He was connected with the Lutheran church and held the office of elder, and was always active in his support of the various lines of church work. He was united in marriage with Catherine Sander, by whom he had four sons and six daughters. Mrs. Sanner died on December 24, 1870, at the age of thirty-eight.

William S. Sanner was united in the bonds of' marriage with Catherine S. Holzer, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, on January 28, 1886. This union has resulted in the birth of one child, Catherine, born January 9, 1888. Mr. Sanner received his education in the common schools of his native town and began life as a baker in Frackville, in 1875. He continued in this capacity until 1877, when he embarked in the general mercantile business, which has remained since that time his chief line of work. In 1891 he erected-a new store house in Frackville to keep pace with the growing demands of his business. This new building is one of the most complete and substantial structures in the town, and internally is arranged with exceeding neatness and good taste.

Mr. Sanner is a Republican in his political tenets, and is now serving his second term as a school director. He is a member of the Lutheran Church in which he has been an elder for five years, and actively throws his energies into any movement, religious or social, which conduces to the well being of his community and its moral advancement. He is a member of Camp No. 66, Patriotic Order Sons of America, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Frackville.

[This article can be found in "1893 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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