Excerpt from History of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Vol. 3 of 3: Illustrated
Frank C. Abbey. - The vigorous and progressive little city of Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois, claims Mr. Abbey as one of its business men and as one of the inﬂuential exponents of the com mission trade in grain, provisions, cotton and stocks in central Illi nois, his membership in the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago dating from April 15, 1914. His initial experience in connection with the practical aﬂairs of life was gained through the assistance which he early began to give in the work of his father's farm in Illinois, and he thus continued his active association with the funda mental industry oi agriculture until 1910, his educational advan tages in the meanwhile having been those of the public schools. In that year he became active manager of the grain business of H. E. Whitler, and after retaining this position three years he became a representative of the well known Chicago grain firm of Lamson Brothers Company. With this concern he remained until April, 1916, when he established his present independent commission busi ness at Monmouth, a city which has been his home since 1914. Mr. Abbey is a Republican in politics, is a loyal and progressive citizen, even as he is a wide-awake business man, and he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Tribe of Ben Hur. He has been retained as a correspondent for not only Lamson Brothers Company, of Chicago, but also for Ware Leland, another promi nent Chicago commission concern, but he has severed his alliances in these connections. Mr. Abbey was born and reared in Illinois, the date of his nativity having been November 13, 1874. He is a son of Henry M. And Margaret (clark) Abbey, his father having been a native of the state of New York and having become one of the successful farmers and honored and inﬂuential citizens of his county. His death occurred in July, 1912.
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