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Fank, Jacob H.


    Mr. Jacob H. Fank, the present postmaster of Hackensack, was born in that city August 17th, 1855, and was educated in the public schools of his native place. When but fifteen years of age he became telegraph operator for the New York and New Jersey Railroad Company. Afterward he filled similar positions with the New York, Ontario and Western, and the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, returning in 1875, to Hackensack.

        In 1879 Mr. Fank began the manufacture of cigars at 71 Main Street, but in 1883 disposed of this business and resumed that of telegraphy, accepting a position with the West Shore Railroad Company, subsequently becoming operator for the Long Island Railroad at Brooklyn, N. Y.  In 1885, upon his return to Hackensack, he opened a grocery store, in which he did a good business until 1896, when he was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland, a position which he continues to hold.

    In 1887 Mr. Fank was elected chief engineer of the Hackensack Fire Department, and re-elected to the same office in 1888. He served four years as tax collector for New Barbadoes township.

    Mr. Fank is a member of many lodges: Pioneer Lodge, No. 70, F., & A. M.; Uhland Lodge, No. 177, I. O. O. F.; and Hope Encampment; Hackingeshacky Tribe, No. 189, I. O. R. M.; Court Hackensack F. of A.; the A. O. U. W. and Exempt Firemen Association. He is also secretary of the Hackensack Firemen Insurance Association; vice president of the State Exempt Firemen Association of New Jersey; Master Workmen of Hackensack Lodge, No. 64, A. O. U. W. He is a member of the Kalamazoo Band; Alert Hose Association, and is L. A. W. Local Consul.

    Mr. Fank was married December 7, 1879, to Miss Thresa Mattjetscheck. They have two children living, a son and a daughter. In politics Mr. Fank is a Democrat.