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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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FRANK P. STROCK is senior member of the firm of F. P. Strock & Co., dealers in furniture, located at No. 27 South Hanover street, Carlisle, a house of reliability and business enterprise, one of the leading ones in the city. It was established March 2, 1901, and occupies three floors of the present building, the dimensions of which are 120 x 28 feet, with two additional storage buildings used as warehouses. A full line of first-class reliable furniture of all kinds is carried, as well as pictures and frames of all kinds. The firm is composed of F. P. Strock and E. R. Hutton, both old “knights of the grip.”‘

Frank P. Strock is a native of Cumberland county, Pa., born March 5, 1864, and was reared in Carlisle. His parents, Jacob H. and Angeline (Fissel) Strock, were both residents of Carlisle. Mr. Strock was educated in the public schools and in 1876 entered the mercantile establishment of John E. Burkholder, as a clerk, and remained some four years, going then in the same capacity to Niles M. Fissel, with whom he continued two years. He then spent three years learning the trade of carriage trimming, after which he engaged as a clerk in the dry-goods establishment of Leidigh & Birnie, going later to J. W. Plank. About one year afterward he left Carlisle and engaged with the dry-goods house of Lyter & Fahnestock, at Harrisburg, as manager, continuing with that firm five years. Mr. Strock then went out as a traveling salesman for three years, at the end of that period locating at Sacramento, Cal., where he had charge of the silk and dress goods department of the house of Wienstock, Lubin & Co., for one year. Upon his return to Carlisle he was again employed with Mr. Plank for some two years, and then embarked in his present business. His long experience in dealing with the public has given him confidence and thorough comprehension of what best pleases the buyer, and with this knowledge and a pleasant, accommodating manner, and honest, first-class goods, he has made his personal venture a complete success.

In politics Mr. Strock is an ardent Democrat and a very useful member of his party. He belongs to a number of fraternal organizations, the Masons, the Royal Arcanum, the P. O. S. of A., and the B. P. O. E., No. 578, being a charter member of the latter. In 1859 the Empire Hook and Ladder Co. of Carlisle was formed, and although but a lad of eleven years he joined the organization, in which he has ever since been active, has served as trustee and secretary, and in November, 1902, was elected president.

In 1885 Mr. Strock was married to Maud Josephine Reese, a daughter of John M. Reese, of Harrisburg, and they have one son, Leroy, still a student. Mr. and Mrs. Strock belong to the Lutheran Church, liberally contributing to its support. He is one of the progressive and public-spirited men of the city and is justly held in esteem.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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