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Frank A. Mangelsdorf, cashier of the German-American State Bank of Atchison, Kan., while the youngest of the bankers of the city has given evidence that he possesses the inherent ability and the necessary ambition to successfully conduct the important financial institution under his management The German-American State Bank is the newest of the banking concerns of Atchison, but it is fast coming to the front as one of the important banks of this section of Kansas under Mr. Mangelsdorf's aggressive and capable control. He is a native son of Kansas and was born and reared in this State, being a son of William Mangelsdorf, merchant and financier, deceased, who came from Germany to America when a boy and achieved a notable success in a land of his adoption. A review of the life of William Mangelsdorf appears in this volume.

Mr. Mangelsdorf was born August 14, 1888 in Ellinwood, Kan. The first ten years of his life were spent there and on his father's farm, whither his parents had removed from Ellinwood. He received his early education in a country school, later attending their public schools of Bushton and completed the eighth grade at the age of twelve. From 1900 to 1904 he was employed in his father's store at Bushton, the family removing to the city of Atchison in the latter year. He pursued a course in the Atchison Business College and then became cashier of the Mangelsdorf Brothers Company, a position which he filled until 1910. He then became assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Atchison, remaining in that position until the organization of the German-American State Bank in 1912, when he became cashier of the newly organized banking concern. The success of this bank is a matter of gratification to its stockholders and patrons.

Mr. Mangelsdorf was married June 22, 1914 to Miss Veva SAWIN, a daughter of William H. Sawin, an undertaker of Atchison. He is independent in political matters, preferring to case his vote for the individual whom he deems best fitted to perform the duties of the office sought rather than to support a party candidate. He is a member of the Catholic Church. Although young in years, Mr. Mangelsdorf is recognized as one of the rising young bankers of Atchison and is considered among the city's best and most enterprising citizens. The unvarying courtesy and dignity characteristic in his conduct of the banking business is carried into his daily life and he enjoys the respect and esteem of a large number of friends in the city.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, April 2002

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