FRANK R. ZAHNISER, D. D. S. Dentistry in its modern form represents both a science and a mechanic art, and he who would be successful in its practice must be equipped both through natural predilection and most careful and discriminating preliminary training. Among the leading members of the profession in the city of Greensburg is numbered Dr. Zahniser, whose skill in both the operative and laboratory department of his profession is of the highest order and who has naturally succeeded in building up a profitable practice of representative order, his finely equipped offices being located in the Welty building, at 130 North Main street.
Dr. Frank Robinson Zahniser is a native of the Keystone state, having been born in Mercer, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1865, and being a son of M. J. and Elizabeth (Hurst) Zahniser, the former a resident of Pittsburg, and the latter deceased. Both parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and representative of old an honored families of this commonwealth, while the genealogy in the agnatic line is traced back to stanch German origin. The father of Dr. Zahniser was for many years engaged in the lumber business, but is now devoting his attention to the real estate business in Pittsburg. Of the five children in the family Dr. Zahniser was the second in order of birth, while of the number three are living at the time of this writing.
Dr. Zahniser secured his rudimentary education discipline in the public schools off his native county, where he continued his studies until he had attained the age of fourteen years, after which he entered Mount Pleasant Academy, at Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland county, where he remained as a student for three years. In 1888 he matriculated in the Pennsylvania Dental College, in the city of Philadelphia, where he completed the prescribed technical course and was graduated as a member of the class of 1889, simultaneously receiving his well earned degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery and coming fourth admirable well equipped for the work of his chosen profession. That this statement is unequivocal needs no farther voucher than the success which has been his in his chosen field of endeavor, for through his devotion to his devotion to his profession and his ability in the same he has built up a lucrative practice and attained to no uncertain precedence in the connection. He opened an office in Greensburg shortly after his graduation an here has ever since continued in active practice. He is a member of Western Pennsylvania Dental Society. Dr. Zahniser married, February 15, 1893, Jeanette Suydam, a daughter of J. L. aad Mary E. Suydam, of Greensburg, where she was reared an educated. Dr. an Mrs. Zahniser have two daughters, Elizabeth and Eleanor. He and his family are members of the First Presbyterian church.
Source Page 67 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
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