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Algonquin Historic
Commission

Nunda Herald, November 28, 1907

 

FRANK TOMISKY

Death of Prominent Resident

DECEASED WAS AGED 69 YEARS

Widow, Three Sons and Four Daughters

Are Left -- Funeral is Largely Attended

 

Frank Tomisky was born in Bohemia, June 15, 1838. Misfortune greeted him early in life. When but a child the family fortune, although not large, but comfortable, dwindled away in the turbulent political intrigues of that time; consequently necessity compelled him to shift early for himself. When but 12 years of age he was apprenticed to learn the machinists trade in Vienna.

When 16 years of age he came to America, setting in Chicago, and was one of the first pioneer Bohemian settlers of that city, and served for several years as a member of the volunteer fire department. In 1860 he secured employment with the Illinois Central Railway Co. as traveling machinist. In this capacity he saw service on several of the gunboats during the war. In 1867 he met with an accident which deprived him of the sight of one eye and necessitated his retirement from the machine trade.

In 1863 he was united in marriage to Katharine Dworak of Algonquin, and in 1868 he embarked in the grocery business, locating on DeKoven street, but one block distant from the origin of the great Chicago fire. In 1870 he moved to Algonquin, where he entered the general merchandise business. His health failing, he moved to his farm near Cary. In 1881, after three years of farm life, his health having improved, he again entered the mercantile business, locating in Cary, where he continued in business until five years ago, when he retired, moving to the residence he occupied at the time of his death.

In politics he was a staunch Republican, loyal and faithful to the affiliations of his party, and on several occasions rendered valuable and efficient support to that body.

As a citizen he was an honorable, upright, conscientious and law-abiding man, whose motto was "Live and let live." and who practiced the golden rule of "Do unto others as you would that thHe died Nov. 17, 1907, at his home in the village of Cary, after an illness of two years' duration, at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 2 days, leaving a widow, three sons and four daughters, besides numerous other relatives and friends, who sincerely sympathize with the family in their affliction.

The funeral was held from the house on Tuesday, at 11 am, Rev. Clyde D. King of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating, and the singing being conducted by Rev. and Mrs. C.D. King, with Prof. EF Booth and Mrs. Frank Buchanan assisting. Six nephews of the deceased acted as pall-beareres, interment being in the Algonquin cemetery. Many people from a distance were present to attend the funeral, Chicago, Elgin, Woodstock, Algonquin and other places being represented, and many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence, silent tributes to the love and esteem in which our fellow citizen was held.

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