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Frank Zweng - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: January 22, 2002 at 13:19:22
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Biographical sketch of FRANK ZWENG from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

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This bio spans three (3) pages: 690-692

FRANK ZWENG

Statistics show that there is more Germanic blood in this country than any other of foreign origin, and this being a fact, it is easy to account for the morality and prosperity of this community. Germany is famous the world over for the industry, patience, intelligence, morality and steadiness of its citizens. These qualities have been brought to this country and are now part and parcel of this wonderful nation – its progress, its domestic economy, its advancement in every branch of material improvement, and its love of country and home.

In China township, St. Clair county, Michigan, March 18, 1861, there was born Frank Zweng, the son of John and Christina (Zenybusch) Zweng, the parents being natives of Germany. John Zweng was twice married, the subject’s mother being his second wife. By his first marriage he was the father of four children: Wendlin, a lumber merchant, residing at Marine City, Michigan; Mary, wife of V. A. Saph, an attorney of Marine City; George, a traveling salesman, living at Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and Lucius, deceased. His second wife bore him nine children: Frank, the subject; Joseph, who died at the age of six years; John, farming the old place; Christian, a cheesemaker of Cottrellville township; Crescince, married to Charles Westrick, of Marine City; Kate, deceased; Joseph, a farmer in China township; Fred, also of China township; Louisa, who died in 1902, and Henry, who died in infancy. John Zweng was a tailor in the fatherland and for a time after landing in America he followed this trade. Subsequently he came to St. Clair county and purchased forty acres of land in China township, where he erected a log shanty and which he farmed for some time. Being of a mercantile turn of mind, he soon began trading in lands and continued to buy and sell land until he retired from actual business and moved to Marine City. During their early life in this county the family had a hard struggle to get along and the father, in order to increase his slender income, farmed all day and worked at his trade at night. At last his efforts were rewarded and he found himself the possessor of one hundred and twenty acres of land, all of which he earned by his own unaided efforts. In February, 1901, he retired from active life and took up his residence in Marine City, Michigan. The Democratic part has never rewarded his labors with office of any kind, but his zeal remains unabated and among his fellow partisans he is ranked as one of the staunchest. He was reared in the Catholic faith and has always been a faithful adherent to the church all his life, being one of the influential members of the parish and a much respected citizen of his community.

Frank Zweng received his education in the township schools of China township and lived at home, assisting his father with the farm work, until his marriage, in 1886, to Miss Margaret Lichbihler, of China township, at which time he established a home and began farming on his own account. He immediately located on his present farm in China township, which is known as the Cortes place. His first possession amounted to forty acres of land in China township, but he later purchased twenty acres in Cottrellville township, and still later he added forty acres in China township, making in all one hundred acres, of which he has sixty-five acres under cultivation. He was prosperous from the beginning and the produce of his farm has netted him quite a sum. For years he has given his attention to general farming and stock raising and his grains, hay and sugar beets, as well as his cattle, hogs and horses, command the bet market prices. By his first marriage he was the father of three children, Godfrey, Abbie and Arthur. By his marriage to Miss Catherine Meyers, of St. Clair township, which was solemnized in 1893, there were also born three children, Eaetha, Elmer and Leslie. For eight years the subject was proprietor of a cheese factory in Cottrellville township, and after disposing of this interest he run (sic) a threshing machine for fourteen years, both enterprises proving quite remunerative.

Mr. Zweng has always taken a deep interest in local affairs and is ever ready to promote the interests of his community. His allegiance has always been given to the Democratic party, in whose ranks one more loyal could not be found. At one time he was a member of the school board and during the years 1894, 1896 and 1897 he held the office of township treasurer, the the (sic) duties of which office he discharged with untiring effort and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. As a member of the Catholic church, his loyalty to his faith and his discharge of his obligations to the church have won for him the lasting regard of his associates. The Ancient Order of Gleaners enrolls him among its membership and in this organization he is an active and influential factor. He is also a member of the Maccabees and Arbiders. He is one of the prosperous farmers in his township, has always been successful, and he and his family enjoy the highest regard of their friends and neighbors.

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PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the ZWENG surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.


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