Frank Ware Guild (1864 – )

“FRANK WARE GUILD–A good example of the successful business man who has risen through his own efforts to a position of prominence which he new holds in the business circles of Norwich, Connecticut, is Frank Ware Guild, jeweler, at No. 21Broadway.  It is not however, with this interest alone that Mr. Guild has been actively identified, but in everything essential to the progress and well-being of the community he takes a keen interest…

William Guild, father of Frank W. Guild, was born in Franklin, Norfolk county, Massachusetts, and died in Milford, Massachusetts, in 1896…  He married Mary Ware, and to them were born five children, three of whom are still living…

Frank Ware Guild was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, January 19, 1864. He was educated in the district school of City Mills and the public schools of Franklin, Massachusetts.  At the age of fifteen he entered upon his business career, securing a position with the jewelry factory of J.G. Cheever & Company in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.  During the thirteen years that he remained here he gained a thorough knowledge of the different branches of the industry, but wishing to specialize in watch repairing he took a special course in watch making in the Chadsey & Young School.  In 1893 he established himself in the jewelry business in Holliston, Massachusetts, but after three years sold out and returned to Franklin, Massachusetts, where he carried on a successful business in this particular line for many years, subsequently selling out to accept the position of manage for the D.A. Hison Jewelry Company of Lockport, New York, where he remained for two and one-half years.  In 1907 he was made manager of the jewelry department of the Plant Cadden Company on Main Street, Norwich, and seven years later opened his present jewelry store, which is located at No. 21 Broadway.

In politics Mr. Guild is a Republican.  He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and attends the Central Baptist Church of Norwich.  In the Masonic order he has been very active and has attained the highest rank, holding the coveted thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.  He is a member of Excelsior Lodge, of Franklin, Massachusetts, Free and Accepted Masons; Miller Chapter Commandery Knights Templar; Connecticut Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.  He also holds membership in the Arcanum Club of Norwich.

On August 19, 1918, Mr. Guild was united in marriage to Mabel Zappie, a native of Melrose, Massachusetts, daughter of John C. and Mary Zappie, of Dutch descent,…  They are the parents of two children, born in Norwich; Frank Ware, Jr., born October 1, 1919; Joclyn Alida, born December 3, 1921.”

Source:  A modern History of New London County, Connecticut, Vol.1, by Benjamin Tinkham Marshall, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York City, 1922, page 889

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