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One of the busiest and most successful men in Carroll county is Frank Zinnel, a native of the county and now a resident of Savanna. He was born at Lanark, March 5, 1864, a son of Henry and Kate (Framm) Zinnel, and was reared on a farm and educated in the country schools. His father with his help erected the first building put up in the town of Chadwick, where Frank Zinnel conducted a hardware store and for nine years had a good trade, after which he traveled two years for a hardware firm in Chicago then established and operated the Chadwick Electric Light Plant. For is own convenience he built a telephone line between Chadwick and Mt. Carroll, and this proved the beginning of a large enterprise. He continued to branch out in the telephone field and has now established an independent telephone line to all part of the county, originating the idea of a “County Right,” which has been adopted in many other sections, and continuing the business on his own account until 1900, when he formed a stock company, of which he is now president and general manager. This venture has proven wonderfully successful, and now the company own and operate more than 2,500 phones, in all parts of the county.

Mr. Zinnel is the embodiment of energy and enterprise and has shown a remarkable degree of business acumen and sagacity in his business deals. In addition to those mentioned he is interested in many financial enterprises and is an extensive property owner in Chadwick and Savanna, having a half interest in a handsome and commodious hotel at Excelsior Springs, Mo. For his own pleasure he has an elegant and well-fitted pleasure launch on the Mississippi. Among his many interests he is a dealer in automobiles, and in all these varied lines has been successful. Popular and well known in all parts of the county, he is considered a public benefactor, having done so much to promote the progress and well-being of its citizens.

Mr. Zinnel was married in Chadwick, Ill., to Miss Ida Shore, and they have one daughter, Alma, born September 10, 1891. Mr. Zinnel has been a resident of Savanna since April, 1901.

Transcribed and Contributed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Company, 1913, p. 932

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