FRANK C. ROHRBACH, of Piper, Kansas, was born and reared in Wyandotte county, and for the past seven years has been successfully engaged in the dairy business. Prior to that he was for several years, a fruit grower and gardener,
As his name indicates, Mr. Rohrbach is of German extraction. His father, William F. Rohrbach, was born in Heilsbrom, Germany, in 1835. In 1853, at the age of eighteen years, he came to America, and as a farm laborer found employment at various places, and was thus occupied until the outbreak of Civil war. Then he offered his service to the Union cause, and as a member of the Booneville Home Guards fought for the preservation of the country of his adoption. At the close of the war, in 1866, he came to Wyandotte county, Kansas, and engaged in farming. In the meantime, in 1862, he married, in Missouri, Miss Margaret Fisher, who bore him ten children, and was the companion of his joys and sorrows until her death, in July, 1881. He died in May, 1910. Of their ten children five are still living, the record being as follows: William F., deceased; Henry J.; Mary Margaret; Joseph, deceased; George, deceased; George Conrad, deceased; Frank C., the subject of this sketch; Christina Henrietta; Theodore A., deceased; Adolph J.
Frank C. was born May 5, 1874. His father being a farmer, his boyhood days were spent in farm work and in attendance at the district school. Later he took a course in a commercial college. While farming, fruit growing and dairying have successfully claimed his attention, they have received his best efforts with the result that a fair share of success has been his.
Mr. Rohrbach has been married twice. By his first wife, Miss Minnie Ochs, he has two children, Carl and Katy. The present Mrs. Rohrbach, formerly Mrs. Aribel (Thompson) McCown, is a native of Iowa, and a daughter of "Uncle Mose" Thompson, for many years a prominent commission man in the stock yards at Kansas City, Missouri, now deceased. The three children by her former husband are: Viola E., Grace and Earl.
Mr. Rohrbach was reared a Lutheran, his parents being of that faith, and he is a member of the Lutheran church. Also following in his father's footsteps as regards politics, he affiliates with the Democratic party. He is a charter member of the Roger Sherman Masonic Lodge, No. 369, located in Kansas City, Kansas, and he is also a member of the Knights of Tented Maccabees, No. 10, of Kansas City. He has always taken an interest in public affairs, is liberal in his views, and is of that makeup which constitutes the reliable, worthy citizen. He has filled such local offices as trustee of Wyandotte township and member of the school board. He has three and one-half acres of land at the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas, and he is a model farmer in his township, as every detail of the farm indicates.
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