Lee County Biography


Frankling Grove

David B. Senger is carrying on a large and profitable business at Franklin grove as manufacturer of "Dr. Wrightsman's Sovereign Balm of Life." Mr. Senger was born near the town of Waynesboro, PA July 8, 1849, coming of one of the old families of that State, which ha been represented there for several generations. He is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Bayer) Senger, who removed to Iowa in 1865 and settled near the city of Cedar Rapids, where the father carried on his trade as a shoemaker for some years. He is now a resident of Ogle County, this State. His wife, the mother of our subject died in Iowa in December 1887 in the 71st yearof her age. They had a family of four children, of whom David B. is the eldest. The others are Mary, wife of James b. Bentzer, of Linn County Iowa; George a resident of Linn County and Joel, who is with his brother of whom we write.

The subject of this biographical review received a substantial education in the common schools and in Western College in Iowa, and in early life he learned the trade of shoemaker. After he attained manhood he entered the profession of a teacher engaging in that vocation in Iowa, and it was in that capacity that he came to Lee County in 1873. He taught near Franklin Grove for three winters, and he then turned his attention to another profession, entering the editorial ranks, purchasing the Franklin Reporter, in August, 1876 and was successfully engaged in editing and publishing it until Oct. 1886, when the demands of his business obliged him to abandon journalism and confine himself to the manufacture of medicine. In November 1881 he had associated himself with george W. Lipe a druggist of the village, in the purchase of Dr. Wrightsman's "Sovereign Balm of L ife,' and they had commenced its manufacture under the firm style of Senger & Lipe. In 1888 Mr. Senger purchased his partner's interest in the concern, and has since conductd the business alone. His establishment is well fitted up with all the appliances and machinery necessary for the most careful and best possible preparation of the medicine, and none but the purest ingredients are used in compounding it. Under our subject's energetic and practical mode of carrying on the bueiness the sales, which for the first few years amounted to only $300, now bring in $10,000 annually, and the medicine is now sold in over 20 states in the union, the druggists all over the country being the medium of sale, and an idea of the extent of the business, which is all done by mail may be gathered by the fact that $3,4000 worth of stamps are required every year.

Mr. Senger was happily married March 18, 1875 to Miss Susan Buck, a native of Franklin Grove, and a daughter of Henry and Mary Buck. Three of the six children are living; Eda A., Ray W. and Frank H. Mr. Senger is a member of the German Baptist church, and he and his wife are highly thought of in the community wher they have established a pleasant home. He is public-spirited, and encourages all plans for the material benefit of town and country, as well as using his inlurence for their moral and religious elevation.

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