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Charles Herman Frantz II (1871-1929)
Native of Bay City, owned a successful pharmacy business.

1905 History. Added April 2008.

History of Michigan, by Charles Moore - 1915


On October 9, 1899, with a capital of less than five hundred dollars, but with a good reputation for business ability, which gave him substantial credit, Mr. Frantz started a drug business in a modest way at 407 Center Street in Bay City. There was no doubt about his prosperity from the start, and in 1905 his business had grown to a point where it was necessary to secure large and better quarters. He then obtained the corner of Center and Battery Park Place, where since then he has developed the largest and best retail drug house in the city. When he started to retail drugs in this city he had no assistance, but now employs nine clerks, and his entire establishment is a credit to Bay City.

Charles Herman Frantz was born December 29, 1871, at Bay City, a son of Charles Herman and Theresa S. (Strassburg) Frantz. His father was born in Baden Baden and the mother in Heldrungen, Prussia. The senior Frantz, who was born March 9, 1842, and died in Bay City, May 30, 1877, was educated in Baden, adopted merchandising as his vocation and came to the United States and located in Bay City, January 15, 1865. He was married in this city in 1869. For a number of years he was general agent and superintendent of the Toledo Brewing Company, and was at one time superintendent of building the old Campbell House. Besides his activity in a business way, he had a prominent part in Bay county politics, was active in German fraternal societies, was captain of the Turn Verein, was fond of athletic sports, and a general favorite in social circles. He built a fine home and accumulated considerable other real estate. After his death his widow married John M. Schucker, now deceased, and there were three children by that union, the two survivors being: Clara Schucker, bookkeeper for her brother, Charles H. Frantz, and Ella Schucker, wife of Otto H. Schmidt, of Saint Marys, Ohio; John F., died, aged 15 years. Since the death of her second husband, Mrs. Schucker returned to the old homestead in Bay City, where she resides at the age of sixty-eight years.

Charles H. Frantz was educated in the Bay City public schools, and his first experience in the line of a regular vocation was in the employ of G. L. Frederick Von Walthausen, the pioneer pharmacist of Bay City. Under him he studied pharmacy, and did a general clerk's duties for two years, then went as clerk with Arthur Loranger, druggist, at the corner of Third and Washington Avenue, and on November 5, 1889, passed his examination before the state board and was qualified as a registered pharmacist. At Saginaw, he found employment with R. Bruske, and when the latter died he became manger of the business. In April, 1896, he became assistant manager of the stores conducted by the West Drug Company at Grand Rapids, and continued there until he returned to Bay City in 1899, and started business on his own account.

Mr. Frantz is active in fraternal and social affairs, belongs to the York Rite Masonic body, and is past commander of Bay City Commandery No. 26, K. T., and has been a delegate to the Knights Templar's Conclaves at Louisville, and in Chicago. He is also affiliated with the Elks, is a charter member of the Bay City Country Club, belongs to the Bay City Boat Club, and is an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. A Republican, he has always refused official honor, but is public spirited in his attitude toward all movements for the public benefit. He is the owner of a pleasant home, and has other city real estate.

On January 25, 1905, Mr. Frantz married Edith (Twist) Traham. They have two sons, Charles Herman, Jr., born March 9, 1906, and Virgil Theodore, born July 4, 1910. Mrs Frantz is entirely a home woman, belongs to the Congregational church, and in a quiet way, so far as other responsibilities do not interfere is a worker for the social welfare. She belongs to the Civic League and was organizer of a sewing club which spent one year in make clothes for the poor, and their distribution proved one of the philanthropies undertaken in Bay City in a long time.

Additional Notes:

    Charles was one of the founding members of the Bay City Rotary Club.

    Son, Charles Herman, Jr., went on to become a surgeon in Grand Rapids, Mich. After his retirement he moved to Florida, where he died Oct. 16, 1978.

    1905 Michigan Marriages: Bay City.
    Date: Jan. 25, 1905.
    Groom: Charles H. Frantz, age 33, b. Bay City, Mich., parents: Charles H. Frantz & Theressa Stromberg.
    Bride: Edith F. Trahan, age 33, b. Bangor, ME., parents: Joseph B. Twist & Mary B. Eastman.

    1916 - N.A.R.D. Notes, Vol. 22, Iss. 9
    Michigan A drug store will be opened at the corner of Monroe and Third streets, Bay City, by C. H. Frantz, as a branch of his Center avenue establishment.

Related Pages/Notes

Charles H. Frantz
Sketch 1907

Related Pages:
Campbell House
BC Rotary Club
People Referenced
Bruske, R.
Eastman, Mary B. (m. inlaw)
Frantz, Charles H.I (father)
Frantz, Charles H.II (subject)
Frantz, Charles H.III (son)
Frantz, Virgil T. (son)
Loranger, Arthur
Schucker, Clara (step-sis)
Schucker, Ella (step-sis)
Schucker, John F. (step-bro)
Schucker, John M.
Schmidt, Otto H.
Strassburg, Theresa S. (mot.)
Twist, Edith F.
Twist, Joseph B. (f. inlaw)
Twist, Mrs.
Von Walthausen, G.L.F.
Subjects Referenced
Baden, Prussia
Bangor, ME
Bay City, MI
Campbell House
Chicago, IL
Congregational Church
Grand Rapids, MI
Hekdrungen, Prussia
Lexington, KY
Saginaw, MI
St. Marys, OH
Toledo Brewing Co.
West Drug Co.
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.