Huddersfield Chronicle (29/Apr/1882) - Scraps and Hints: Frederic Swann
Scraps and Hints.
To the present generation Frederic Schwann, whose death we announced on Monday, was known only in name. Nearly half a century ago he was a leader among the small band of mercantile pioneers who laid the basis of that commercial prosperity which Huddersfield now enjoys. Scarcely had Mr. Schwann established himself in the town ere he began to display those traits of character which won for him such a large circle of political and social friends. In two matters — free trade and the education of the people — he made for himself the position of a local leader. His money and influence were given to both, but the latter was the sphere in which he displayed the most marked personal seal. Even at that time the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution held a leading position among corresponding Institutions ; and it was to men like the deceased, and others (only a few of whom remain among us) that the teaching there given assumed that practical shape which secured for it the reputation of being the nearest approach to what a Mechanics’ Institute ought to be. In his business he was assisted by a band of highly cultured young men — English and Foreign — several of whom ultimately established themselves in business, and remain to this day highly respected representative men in our home and foreign trade. Mr. Schwann left Huddersfield about 25 years ago, and settled In London, where he died on Saturday last ripe in years, esteemed by all his old friends, and retaining to the last a feeling of sympathy and respect for the town in which he started his business career.