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Frank Noyes Brooks
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1888
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Sep. 27, 1939
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Born the youngest son of Judge Frank Clark Brooks and Ellen Noyes Brooks in Minneapolis, MN. Named after his father, "young Frank" was an energetic and active boy, tall and muscular--he was drawn to sports and outdoor activities. He also inherited his father's affable and gregerious personality, many said he was a "natural leader."

He completed high school studies at Minneapolis Central High School. There Frank played football and baseball and had a wide group of friends.

At this point, his father counseled him to prepare to enter law or politics. So young Frank next went off to prestiegeous Williams College in Massachusetts, hoping to acquire a solid background for a law career--but after the first term there, Frank returned to his family and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. There he joined his two elder brothers, Will and Charlie, and centered his student life on the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The DKE "Brooks Boys" were apparently known as a visible and close group on campus, all active in its many social activities; Frank and Charlie also participated in collegiate sports and fraternity council social activities. The three boys also were all members of the military training cadets of the ROTC on campus--an active campus group in the years proceeding World War I.
After two years of further study, Judge Brooks supported young Frank in seeking an appointment to West Point, the US Military Academy. Frank apparently then focused his energies and ambitions on a military/political career. He was quickly admitted as a cadet and spent the next 3 2/3 years at the rigorous school, only leave just prior to graduation--he always regretted this outcome and its cause, his mathematics grades. However, undaunted, he went on to serve in the military in 1917 attaining rank of Colonel. Following WWI, he remained in the Reserve for the following 30 years. Frank was very patriotic and always cherished the order, discipline and leadership skills learned at West Point.

He also met his "wife-to-be", Frances Carver, while a West Point cadet. She was a student at nearby a Vassar College, (class of 1912). They married in Brookline Massachusetts in 1914, just as the war was about to break out in Europe.

After the war in 1919, the young couple made a short stay in the Boston area, where Frank worked both as a lumber company officer and in the Carver family's extensive shipping businesses. Finally, after the birth of the first child, Robert, the young couple decided to "go West" to build their lives. They soon came to Seattle, then the town a bit north of Seattle, Bellingham, Washington. There the lumber business was booming and the family found their new home.

Frank spent the following 20 years setting up his own lumber and wood products firms (Warnick Lumber Co, Brooks Lumber Co.), as well as many of the other early businesses of this young community (Pipe, Tank & Clossan Mfg.). He was active in the Rotary, and community veteran affairs as member, later Commander, of the local American Legion post. His magnetic personality and active leadership suited development of the "Far West" timberlands in Canada, Washington, Idaho, Oregon.

He and his beloved wife, Frances, had three children, two boys, Robert and Frank, Jr. and a daughter, Frances.
The family pursued an active, outdoor life --boating, fishing and camping at their "cabin" outside Bellingham.

Unfortunately, Frank's life was cut short by a heart attack in Chicago in 1939 where he was attending the national American Legion annual convention and was about to be elected a national American Legion officer.

He is buried in Bellingham at Bayview Cemetery with other family members. He is recognized and honored locally for his early leadership in building the community of Bellingham and its long lasting timber and woods product industries.
Family links: 
  Frank Clark Brooks (1853 - 1917)
  Ella Rosette Noyes Brooks (1851 - 1891)
  Frances Alice Carver Brooks (1889 - 1982)
  Robert Carver Brooks (1915 - 1944)*
  Frank Carver Brooks (1919 - 1995)*
  Frances Brooks Dick Paine (1921 - 1993)*
  Olive May Brooks (1880 - 1975)*
  William Clark Brooks (1881 - 1920)*
  Charles Noyes Brooks (1883 - 1973)*
  Ellen R. Brooks Krause (1886 - 1958)*
  Frank Noyes Brooks (1888 - 1939)
*Calculated relationship
Bayview Cemetery
Whatcom County
Washington, USA
Created by: D. Montgomery
Record added: Oct 13, 2012
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Frank Noyes Brooks
Added by: D. Montgomery
Frank Noyes Brooks
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Frank Noyes Brooks
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