The following is from the book, "A History of Morgan County Tennessee" written by Ethel
Freytag and Glenna Kreis Ott.
Frankfort, Tennessee, as a town had its beginning after The Frankfort Land Company was
organized under the laws of the state of Wisconsin in the early part of 1890.
One finds people living in what was called Frankfort and the surroundings area long before
this. The tax books show such names as: AYTES, BARNETT, HAWN, HICKMAN, LEE,
MELTON, POTTER and TAYLOR. One does not know which families lived in the exact area that
Deed Book B-2, page 519 has a map of Frankfort and gives the following survey:
State of Tennessee
Morgan County June 26, 1890
I certify that I have surveyed the within plot of the town of Frankfort in the 8th Civil District of
Morgan County, Tennessee, and located on Entry No. 1201, Grant No. 42,261 and the
Boulevards are 80 feet wide, streets 66 ft. wide, and alleys 14 feet wide, and the resident lots
are 50 x 132 feet, the business lots are 25 x 132 feet as shown in this plot.
O.E. DREUTZER, President Frankfort Land Company
John FITZER, Secretary
The boulevards were named Cleveland, Arthur, Garfield, Van Buren, Jackson, Jefferson,
Adams, Monroe, Madison, Washington, Franklin and Humbolt. The streets were: 1st, 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.
The people who settled the town of Frankfort after the Frankfort Land Company sold them
land were mostly from Wisconsin but one alSO finds some from Louisiana, Illinois, Maryland
and Iowa. The 1897 tax book shows such names as [not listed before the Frankfort Land
Company sold lots in the town of Frankfort] BURLOUGH, BOLANDER, NOBERG, BLAYOU,
BEKKDAHL, CLEOPHAS, DREUTZER, FRAME, FREGLASETH, FITZER, GEIER, GULDEN,
HALVERSON, JERTTE, LEVERENCE, NUTHERS, NORSANG, OLESON, RENDI, RASMUSSEN,
FANENI, SAUSTRONE, SIVENDSON, SCHILTZ, WEIDEMAN and ZASTRO.
On the back of the Frankfort map one finds the following descriptive information: Frankfort,
Tennessee, the pride of southland. The most favored in the New South for the Capitalist,
Manufacturer, Merchant, Mechanic, Grazier, Farmer and Fruit Grower; Beautiful in situation;
Incomparable in environment; Iron, coal, coal oil, natural gas and timber; Grand water
A natural all-the-year round health resort.
Frankfort is destined to become the manufacturing city of the Cumberland Plateau there can
be no doubt; that will also be a great distributing center of its section is equally true.
Located on a rolling plateau nine miles from Lancing – The skill of the engineers will be
challenged in the selection of a site more advantageous for health, beauty and utility with
wide streets, shaded by stately trees.
Frankfort posses a climate free from extremes of the temperatures of the north and the
south. The Cumberland Plateau is better suited to northern people than any other – they
were mostly loyal to the Union no bitter feelings existed and there were no sectional
Frankfort has all these advantages and more. She offers in addition, beauty of situation, fine
educational, religious and social facilities, name in a law abiding and order-loving community.
Her property is rapidly advancing in value.
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