Frank A. Sawall

Page 194-195 - Frank A. Sawall is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the F. A. Sawall Company, a Grand Rapids corporation that, under his careful and able direction, has gained place as one of the important and successful investment-banking concerns of this city, the offices of the company being in the Murray building. Mr. Sawall was born at Stephenson, Menominee County, Michigan, December 6, 1884, and is a son of Charles and Emilie (Schultz) Sawall, both of whom were born in Germany, their home having been established in Michigan in the year 1880. Of the fine family of thirteen children the subject of this review was the fourth in order of birth and one of his brothers, Fred A., is associated with him in the investment banking business, as salesman of the F. A. Sawall Company. Frank A. Sawall gained in the public schools his preliminary education, which was supplemented by his attending Ferris Institute, at Big Rapids, and the Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, in which latter institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1909. Thereafter he made a record of eight years of successful service in the pedagogic profession, in which he served as superintendent of public schools at various places in Michigan, including Armada, Pittsford and Blissfield. He next held, for two years, a position as sales manager for a publishing house, and since that he has given his attention to the investment-banking business. In 1915 he organized the F. A. Sawall Company, of which he has since continued the chief managing executive, and his vital, reliable and progressive policies have been fruitful in the development of a prosperous and representative business. In his professional capacity Mr. Sawall has financed some very important Michigan corporations, including the Petoskey Portland Cement Company, the Petoskey Transportation Company, and the Wolverine Carton Company at Grand Rapids. He is a Republican in his political alignment. He and his wife are members of the South Congregational church of Grand Rapids, and his basic Masonic affiliation is with Valley City Lodge, A. F. & A. M., he being also a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. In 198 Mr. Sawall was united in marriage to Miss Maude Richards of Clarksville, Michigan, and they have two children, Elizabeth and Robert.

Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 22 March 2003