Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Rudolph L. Frank

RUDOLPH L. FRANK has been one of the popular citizens and business men of Russell for nearly twenty years. His experience has been in banking, and he is vice president of the Home State Bank at Russell.

Mr. Frank was born in West Prussia, Germany, November 26, 1877, but is a thorough American in spirit and affiliations. His father, Herman Frank, was born in Prussia in 1843, and was a man of property there, living on a considerable estate. He served all through the France-Prussian war, and endured such hardships and exposure that he died when just in his prime, in 1883. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Herman Frank married Christina Motzner, who is still living in Prussia. She was the mother of three children: Lena, Rudolph and Hedwig. Both daughters still live in Prussia, Lena being married.

Rudolph L. Frank attended the high school or gymnasium in Prussia and was employed in Government offices until he came to the United States in 1900 and located at Russell. The first year here he worked on a farm for his board and attended school in order to learn the English language and acquaint himself with American ways. The following six years he spent as clerk and bookkeeper in a hardware store at Russell, and he then entered the employ of the Russell State Bank as bookkeeper and was later promoted to assistant cashier. He was with that bank ten years and in the spring of 1918 became identified with the Home State Bank, which was formally opened for business in November. He is vice president of that bank, which already has a prosperous record to its credit. A new bank home is now being remodeled on Main Street at the corner of Eighth Street.

Mr. Frank is a republican voter and is affiliated with Russell Camp, Modern Woodmen of America. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. In 1904, at Russell, he married Miss Carrie Strecker, daughter of Henry and Julia (Karst) Strecker. Her parents live at Russell, her father having been a pioneer farmer in that county. Mr. and Mrs. Frank have two children, Isabelle, born in 1905, and Paul, born in 1914.

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