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Frederick J. M.  Oldach
(1823-ca.1905)

Frederick J. M. Oldach was born in October 1823 in Mecklenberg, Germany. He emmigrated to Philadelphia in 1848, and worked at first as a comb maker, but his fellow German immigrant and roommate at the boarding house, Otto Map, was a bookbinder and appears to have introduced him to that profession. Frederick took a liking to bookbinding, and had established himself as a bookseller by 1860. He was not without funds, either; he declared his personal estate in 1860 to be $5,000, a substantial sum for a working man in those days. By 1870 he had acquired a wife, Frederika, who had given him three sons: Herman, Fred Jr., and Charles. Two more sons, Albert and George, were born in the years following. He listed his occupation in 1870 as "bookbinder," a profession that eventually included all five of his sons and some grandsons in the book manufacturing firm of Oldach & Company in Philadelphia. The fact that Frederick was also a serious mineral collector may have provided some inspiration to his grandson, Fredrick M. Oldach (born Feb. 1892, son of Herman), who eventually obtained a degree in geology and joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught mineralogy.

References:
U.S. Federal Census 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
Philadelphia City Directory, 1890.
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