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Frank D. Stubenrauch


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Date: 12/30/2009 at 01:15:31

The modern pharmacist is a man of many callings, for he is expected to bear upon his shoulders the burden of the afflicted. Not only must he understand his own profession thoroughly, but he must be able to detect and rectify the occasional blunders of the medical fraternity, to give kindly advice to those unwilling to call in a physician, and to at all times place his store and time at the disposal of the general public. The present course of training is long and arduous, and the fitting up of a store expensive. No other line of human endeavor demands such prolonged hours of service, nor does any other ask so much expenditure of nervous and physical strength, and yet the druggist of a neighborhood is always to be found in the forefront of civic progress. Among those who have proved themselves worthy of the confidence reposed in them, and able to handle cheerfully and capably the demands made upon them, is Frank D. Stubenrauch, of Knoxville.

The birth of Frank D. Stubenrauch occurred at Pella, Iowa, December 24, 1875, and he is a son of John and Catherine (Dieleman) Stubenrauch, written of at some length elsewhere in this work. After attending the local schools Frank D. Stubenrauch enjoyed the advantages afforded by Central College.

His first contact with the business world was as a clerk in the drug store at Pella, and, finding in this line his life work, he, with W. L. Allen, purchased the Brinkhoff drug store at Pella. The following year, 1898, Mr. Stubenrauch entered Highland Park School of Pharmacy and was graduated therefrom in 1899, and resumed his work in the drug store. In 1904 he purchased the Allen interest, becoming the sole proprietor, and remained at Pella until 1919 when he sold his business, and in 1921 he located at Knoxville, buying at that time the Rexall Drug store, which he continues to operate, having built up a very large trade, which extends all over Marion County.

In 1898 Mr. Stubenrauch married at Pella Miss Charmian Lankelma, a native of Pella, and a daughter of P. C. and Anna (Barneveld) Lankelma, natives of the Netherlands, and among the very early settlers at Pella. They were the parents of fourteen children, the first of whom to die was fifty-two years of age, passing away in February, 1922, and there are still twelve of the fourteen surviving. Mr. Lankelma was a finished student of very high attainments, and encouraged his children in their ambitions to achieve an adequate education. Mrs. Stubenrauch continued her studies until she was able to secure a teacher's certificate, and was teacher in Sioux County, Iowa at the time of her marriage, and she is also an accomplished musician, her talent in this art being a continual source of pleasure to all who know her.

A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL.B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa, Volume IV, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and New York 1931.


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