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Henry John Frank 1839-1915


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/23/2012 at 00:40:02

Mr. Henry John Frank died at his home in this city September 2, of paralysis after a comparatively short illness at the age of nearly seventy-six years.

Funeral was held from the Methodist church at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon and interment made in Oak Hill cemetery.

Mr. Frank was born in Germany November 26, 1839, and resided there until 1872 when he came to the United States settling near Davenport, this state where he resided for ten years, and then moved with his family to a farm in Dickinson county near Terril. In 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Kathryn Stevens. To this union twelve children were born all of whom are living except one daughter who died in infancy and a son, Edward A., who died at Estherville in 1908.

The surviving children are: Mrs. E.L. Ellis, Mrs. Al Houltshouer, Mrs. G.L. Gorton, George E., Walter C., and John of Estherville, Will C. of Fresno, California; Mrs. A.M. Smouse of Coon Rapids; Mrs. E.T. Hastings of Emmetsburg; and Ben of Traer, Iowa; all of whom were at the funeral except Will C. Frank. He is also survived by his wife.

In the year 1907 Mr. Frank retired from the farm and active life and moved to Estherville where he resided until his death. He was a very industrious and kind hearted gentleman and one of the best of neighbors and hosts of friends mourn his demise. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 8, 1915)

Another old resident of this section of the country, Henry John Frank, passed away at his home in this city on last Thursday. Mr. Frank has been in poor health for some time past and has been seriously ill for the past three weeks. Up to a short time ago he was able to be about, but his extreme old age had begun to tell.

Mr. Frank was born in Germany in the year 1839. He was married in 1866 to Kathryn Stevens. To this union twelve children were born; those living are as follows: Mrs. E.L. Ellis, Estherville; Mrs. A.L. Houltshouser, Estherville; Will C. Frank, Fresno, Cal.; Mrs. F.T. Hastings, Emmetsburg; Mrs. A.M. Smouse, Coon Rapids; Mrs. G.L. Gorton, Estherville; G.E. Frank, Estherville; Ben Frank, Traer; John Frank, Estherville; Walter C. Frank, Estherville. One daughter died in infancy; Edward A. Died in March, 1908.

Mr. Frank came to America to make his home in the year 1872. For the first ten years in this country he lived near Davenport, Iowa. He then moved to eastern Dickinson county, where he resided for some time. He moved to Estherville in the year 1907, and has resided here since that time. He was married in the year 1866 and has reared a large family, most of whom resided near the father in his declining years.

Mr. Frank’s long residence, and friendly and cheerful ways has made him a host of friends here, and in this county, and this was of much comfort to him in his latter years.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. church on Saturday, the Rev. F.F. Case officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery.

All the children were here to attend the funeral services. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, September 8, 1915)


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