Frank H. Drager, 96, businessman, veteran

December 15, 1993|By Albert Sehlstedt Jr. | Albert Sehlstedt Jr.,Contributing Writer

Frank H. Drager, a retired Baltimore businessman and a World War I combat veteran, died of heart failure yesterday at the Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. He was 96.

Born and reared in South Baltimore, he attended public schools and worked for a cigar box manufacturer and piano company in Baltimore before enlisting in the Army a week after the United States entered the war in April 1917.

He served with the 29th Division in the Allies' Meuse-Argonne offensive until an armistice was declared between the warring powers on Nov. 11, 1918. He returned to the United States the following year.

In 1921, he married Amelia May Lotz, also of South Baltimore, who died in 1981.

Shortly after the war, he was employed by a Baltimore dairy, delivering milk for 16 cents a quart from a horse-drawn wagon. He continued in this line of work for the next 18 years.

He also took business courses at night school and later was hired by the Albert F. Goetz meat packing company in Northeast Baltimore, where he subsequently became the company's first personnel manager and safety director. He retired in 1962.

He was an enthusiastic raconteur and would often entertain younger people with stories of city life in the early 20th century. His tales found their way into print when The Sun was running a weekly column headed "I Remember . . ." in its Sunday editions.

He was also a member of the Veterans of World War I; he regularly attended the group's national conventions in various parts of the country and served as commander of the Maryland department of the organization.

Services were set for 11 a.m. Friday at the MacNabb Funeral Home, 301 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Burial will be in Loudon Park Cemetery.

Mr. Drager is survived by a son, William F. Drager of Catonsville, a sister, Dorothy Drager of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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