Frank W. Wilkinson (1875 – )


The commercial interests of Ann Arbor are well represented by Frank W. Wilkinson, who is now proprietor of a large new and second-hand furniture and stove business and who, since entering business life at the age of sixteen years, has worked his way steadily upward undeterred by no obstacles that he has encountered, regarding these more as an impetus for renewed effort and more unfaltering energy and determination. He was born in Ingham county, this state, November 4, 1875, and is a son of Walter Wilkinson, a native of England, who in his boyhood days came to America and settled upon a farm near Lansing. He continued a resident of Ingham county up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1877. He is still survived by his wife, who bore the maiden name of Fannie Tuttle, and is now living in Greenville, Michigan. In their family were three children : Mattie, the wife of Lewis Howard, who is a farmer of Oakland county; Jess, who carries on agricultural pursuits at Greenville, and Frank W.

In the schools of Greenville Frank W. Wilkinson acquired his education. Putting aside his text-books at the age of sixteen years to earn his own living he was first employed as a farm hand and later engaged in the business of buying butter and eggs for a commission man, Lloyd Satterlee, of Greenville, with whom he remained for two years. He afterward entered the Stevens hardware store of Greenville, where he continued for five years, during which time he became familiar with the business, gaining practical experience that has enabled him to carry his own enterprise successfully forward. In 1896 he arrived in Ann Arbor and again sought and obtained a situation in a hardware store, being thus connected with commercial pursuits here until about four years ago, when he embarked in business on his own account at No. 325 South Main street, where he occupies a large three-story building with a stock of furniture and stoves, handling both new and second hand goods.

On the 23d of August, 1897, occurred the marriage of Mr. Wilkinson and Miss Anna E. Ware, of this city, a daughter of Morris and Ada (Worth) Ware, both of whom are living, the father devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson have become the parents of two daughters, Florence and Lucile, aged three and one years respectively. Mr. Wilkinson is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and in his political views is a republican, interested in the success and growth of his party, yet without aspiration for office for himself. He has a pleasant home at No. 1121 Packard street— a new house which he has recently erected. He is an energetic young business man, wide-awake, persevering and determined, and all that he possesses has been gained through his enterprise and labor. He has made the most of his advantages, has utilized his opportunities and in the trade circles of Ann Arbor has become a prominent factor.”

Source:  Past and Present of Wastenaw Co., Michigan, by Samuel Willard Bleakes, the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co.,  Chicago, 1906, page 381

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