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Frank H. Mohr (1867-?)
Native of Bavaria, owned large hardware business in West Bay City

1905 biography. (Added Nov., 2008)

History of Bay County, MI, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Frank H. Mohr, one of the prominent and enterprising business men handling the commercial interest of West Bay City, Michigan, president of the Phoenix Brewery Company, and secretary and treasurer of The Mohr Hardware Company, was born in Schney, Bavaria, Germany, March 10, 1867, and is a son of John G. And Elizabeth (Schramm) Mohr.

George Mohr, our subject’s grandfather, was a native of Saxony, Germany, and spent the greater part of his live in Eisleben, engaged in farming and conducting a potter business. He married Katherine Roemer, who was a native of the same place as he.

John G. Mohr was born in Saxony in 1824 and died July 4, 1873. He learned the potter’s trade and followed it through life and in addition operate a small farm of his own. He married Elizabeth Schramm, who was a daughter of Erhardt Schramm. She was born in 1822 in Staffelstein, Bavaria, but a few miles distant from Schney. Nine of their 10 children reached maturity, vis: Johanna, wife of Peter Pfrenger, of Merzbach, Bavaria; John G., professor of literature at Minnesota State University at Mineapolis; Christopher, of West Bay City, president of The Mohr Hardware Company and also in partnership with his brother Fred in a retail clothing business in West Bay City; Margaret, wife of Max Stoll, of Schney, Bavaria; Joseph and Andrew, both of Schney, Bavaria; Katherine; Fred, of West Bay City, vice-president of the People’s Savings Bank; and Frank H., our subject.

Our subject was the youngest in the family and was trained in the thorough-going schools of his native land until he was 14 years of age, when he joined his brother John G., of Minneapolis, and Christopher and Fred, who were already established in West Bay City. He began to work at the tin and coppersmith’s trade here and completed his apprenticeship at the Pullman car works in Chicago and worked subsequently as a journeyman. After six years in Chicago, in 1888 he went to Minneapolis and started into business for himself, installing furnaces and heating apparatus. Mr. Mohr continued in business there until 1903, when he returned to West Bay City and organized The Mohr Hardware Company, of which he is to-day practically the sole owner, which deals in hardware, buggies and carriages and farm implements. It has grown into one of the largest concerns in those lines in Northern Michigan. Mr. Mohr was also one of the organizers of Phoenix Brewing Company, another successful enterprise, and has been its president ever since its founding.

Mr. Mohr was married to Lena Kohler, who is a daughter of John and Agatha Kohler, of West Bay City, and they have one son, John Kohler Mohr. They are members of the German Lutheran Church. Mr. Mohr has taken several trips to Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland, France, England and Holland.

Mr. Mohr’s fraternal and social associations include membership in Wenona Lodge, No. 296, F. & A. M.; Blanchard Chapter, No. 59, R. A. M., and Scottish Rite bodies up to the 18th degree at Bay City, while his connections at Detroit are with the Michigan Sovereign Consistory, S. P. R. S., and Moslem Temple, A. A. O. U. M. S. He belongs also to Lodge, No. 88, B. P. O. E. And to the Arbeiter Unterstuetzung Verein.

Mr. Mohr usually takes an active interest in all public affairs, affecting the welfare of his home city and county. Although urged repeatedly to accept nomination on his party ticket, he has declined to do so, devoting his entire time to his private business affairs.

Brother Christopher. - Added April, 2011.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883.


Christopher Mohr is a native of Germany. In 1867 he emigrated to America, and until 1873 was egaged in a tannery in New York, after which he came to West Bay City where he has since resided. In 1874 he engaged in the liquor business on Linn Street, where he still continues it. He married Mary Rose, of West Bay City. They have two children, a son and daughter.

Additional Notes.

    1883 - Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Mohr, Christopher - Saloon 110 Linn, res e s Linn 6 n of Midland, 2d ward.
  • Mohr, Frederick - bartender C Mohr, bds same.

    1915 - Journal of State the Senate State of Michgan, Vol. 2.

  • Frank Mohr, Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, as member of the Board of Control, of the Michigan Farm Colony for Epileptics, the term end February 1, 1919.
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Kaiser, Julius
Mohr Hardware Building
Phoenix Brewing Co.
People Referenced
Mohr, Andrew (bro.)
Mohr, Christopher (bro.)
Mohr, Frank H. (subject)
Mohr, Fred (bro.)
Mohr, Geo. (g-father)
Mohr, Johanna (sister)
Mohr, John (father)
Mohr, John G. (bro.)
Mohr, John K. (son)
Mohr, Joseph (bro.)
Mohr, Katherine (sister)
Mohr, Margaret (sister)
Kohler, Agatha
Kohler, John
Kohler, Lena (wife)
Pfrenger, Peter
Roemer, Katherine (g-mother)
Rose, Mary (sis-inlaw)
Schramm, Edhardt
Schramm, Elizabeth (mother)
Stoll, Max
Subjects Referenced
Bavaria, Germany:
- Eisleben
- Merzbach
- Saxony
- Schney
- Staffelstein

Chicago, IL
- Pullman car works

Detroit, MI
Minnesota State Univ.
New YOrk

West Bay City, MI:
- German Lutheran Ch.
- Mohr Hardware Co.
- People's Savings Bank
- Phoenix Brewery
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.