Shortly after immigrating to the Town of Herman with the rest of his
family, Frederick went to Manitowoc to work in a saw mill for four years.
He became a master at the saw mill business and returned to the Town of
Herman in 1853 where he started his own saw mill near the present day
village of Franklin.
Frederick did not have the money to start a saw mill operation. His
neighbors offered to help and they traded their efforts for eventually
having their own logs milled. The neighbors helped create a dam in the
river and erect Frederick's first building.
Frederick started a water-powered grist mill business with a partner named
Dickoff in 1856 in the village of Franklin.
Frederick is credited with plotting out the village of Franklin in 1856.