Former county recorder of Huntington county, now resident manager for the National Fireproofing Company, and in many ways both past and present identified with the business, civic and social life of Huntington county, Frank Sumner Bash is a man of varied attainments and experience.
The only son of Rev. John B. Bash and Nancy (Zent) Bash, he was born at Roanoke, Indiana, February 16,1859. His early years were spent on a farm near Roanoke, and in the meantime he attended the public schools and the Classical Seminary in that village. While a resident of Roanoke he engaged in farming and as a side-line conducted a piano and organ business. To a great many people Mr. Bash is best known for his ability as a singer and choir master, and as a promotor of musical activity. For a number of years he taught music and assisted in organizing and for several years was president of the Roanoke Beethoven Society, which had a membership of fifty, and for ten or more years was one of the leading musical organizations of Northern Indiana. He arranged programs made up form oratoros and other heavy and classical works from the old masters, and the influence of the organization is still appreciated in the community. Mr. Bash's musical talent brought him in contact with musical people all over the state and country, and for many years he has been at the head of musical societies, choirs and quartets. While still a resident of Roanoke he sang for years in what was known as the Emerson Male Quartette, an organization which toured the country and filled engagements as far away as Pacific Coast cities. Soon after locating in Huntington in 1888, he was made choir master of the First Methodist church, a position he has filled ever since, for more than twenty years. The Temple Quartette, in which he has sung for a number years, is well known in the city and throughout the state, where engagements have been filled from year to year,
For a number of years, while still a resident of Roanoke, Mr. Bash edited a Roanoke page in the Huntington Herald. This led to an offer from the publishing company to accept the city editorship of the Daily and Weekly Herald, a place he continued to fill for a period of nearly seventeen years. While in the journalistic field he was correspondent for metropolitian newspapers as well as for the Associated Press. Voluntarily he left the newspaper field when elected county recorder in the fall of 1904. Although the county in those years generally showed the dominant parties to be of equal strength and mixed party results as a rule, Mr. Bash's majority was 817. He served the county for four years was was the first recorder to occupy an office in the new court house.
After four years of public office, Mr. Bash engaged in the real estate business, and also acted as secretary-treasurer of the Huntington County Live Stock Insurance Association, until retiring for the purpose of accepting the secretary-treasureship of the Imperishable Silo Company of Huntington. Later, when this company formed an alliance with the National Fire Proofing Company, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a more extensive field in the sale of silos, Mr. Bash was made resident manager, which place he still occupies. In addition to the many activities of usefulness occupying the attention of Mr. Bash, he has looked after the duties of a director in the bank of the Huntington Trust company, one of the prosperous institutions of the city, which he helped to establish. He has an interest in the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company, of Huntington and devotes some time to his farm lcated in Clear Creek township. For a number of years some of his time was given to the City Library. he was a member of the Library Board and did active duty on the book committee.
In religion Mr. Bash is a Methodist and a member of the board of trustees of the First Methodist church in Huntington. Fraternally his affliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.