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    Frank H. Phillippi. Among the business establishments of Piqua which have firmly established reputations for honorable dealing is that of Frank H. Phillippi & Son, dealers in harness and leather goods. The head of this concern, Frank H. Phillippi, was born at Piqua, Ohio, October 19, 1858, a son of Philip and Philomena Phillippi. Philip Phillippi was the father of eight children, as follows, the first-named being by his first wife: William, whose son, Leonard, served in France during the great war with the American Expeditionary Forces; Frank H.; Fred; John; Louise, the wife of Jacob Pfister, of Troy, Ohio; Mary, the wife of R. C. Chapman; Emma, the widow of Charles Graham, who met his death in an automobile accident at Piqua, and Anna, the widow of George Mason, of this city. Frank H. Phillippi received a public school education and when still a youth became a tobacco stripper. This employment did not prove congenial, nor did it satisfy his ambitions, and he accordingly turned his attention to the trade of harness-making which he thoroughly mastered. In 1883 he established himself in business at the old Brown corner, where the Favorite Hotel is now located, under the name of Fisher & Phillippi, but in 1891, sought larger quarters and moved to the present location, at 323 North Main street. In 1908, Mr. Fisher died. Since then, Mr. Phillippi and son, Jerome, have conducted the business. They carry a large and up-to-date stock of leather goods, harness, travelers' supplies, trunks, etc., and carry on a flourishing trade, which has been built up through their capable direction and honorable dealing. Mr. Phillippi married Mary, daughter of Mathias and Margaret (Kohler) Schnell, and to this union there have been born five children: Ruth, who died at the age of five years; Jerome, who married Marjorie May; Marie, who married August Hefele, and Gertrude and George, who reside with their parents. Mr. Phillippi was prominent in various war activities, being a generous supporter of the Red Cross and other movements. His fraternal affiliation is with the local lodge of Elks, in which he has numerous friends. The family belongs to St. Boniface Catholic Church.

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