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Biography of Frank Fockele

Frank Fockele. For a great many years it had been a recognized proof of the town of Le Roy in Coffey County that in any general movement for the attainment of some worthy object in local public affairs the venerable editor, Frank Fockele, is found at the center or out in front leading the enterprise to success. Mr. Fockele had been in many ways identified with the welfare and upbuilding of this town and his career is a most noteworthy one. Mr. Fockele had lived in Kansas for more than forty-five years. He was born March 9, 1843, at Nieheim, Westphalia, Germany, son of Maurice and Mary (Focke) Fockele, also natives of the Fatherland. His parents spent all their lives in Germany. They had four children, two sons and two daughters, Frank being the second in age and the only one to come to America. Before coming to this country he had the liberal education given to the German youth of good families. He completed his scholastic training in a gymnasium at Paderborn. This was a classical government school that had been maintained for more than a thousand years. Mr. Fockele left this school to come to America in 1864, at the age of twenty-one. Being well educated, he sought out different German communities in this country and for a number of years taught German in the public schools of Missouri and Kansas. It was in 1871 that Mr. Fockele identified himself with Coffey County and for a few years taught in the English schools here. In 1881 he bought the Reporter at Le Roy, and had continued the...

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