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FRANK PFLASTERER. It is but seldom that a man of the age of Frank Pflasterer is sufficiently courageous to assume the responsibilities attendant upon the successful conduct of a mercantile establishment such as is represented by the firm of Pflasterer & Schaefer; but it is still more seldom for such youth and inexperience to make the unqualified success of any business venture that this young firm has thus far realized. The store they own and operate is the largest in Valmeyer, and the firm of Pflasterer & Schaefer is regarded as one of the leading business organizations in the county.

Frank Pflasterer was born in Harrisonville, Illinois, on February 10, 1888. He is a son of Fred Pflasterer, a farmer of that section of the country all his life, and who, with his wife, Margaret Altes, were the parents of a family of several children, but two of whom attained years of maturity. They are Charles and Frank, the latter of whom is our subject. The father died in 1890, when Frank was but a babe, and the mother passed away two years later, in 1892. Frank was raised by an aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Meyers, now deceased.

The early life of the boy was spent on the farm near Valmeyer and such schooling as he received came through the avenues of the public schools of his home town. In 1911 he formed a partnership with Charles Schaefer, the son of Christian Schaefer, and the business mentioned in a previous paragraph is the result of their alliance. Charles Schaefer has but little the advantage of his partner in the way of seniority, he having been born in November, 1887.

Mr. Pflasterer has assumed the cares of a home in spite of his youth, having married Miss Lena Potoff on October 8, 1911.

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