|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1889|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1980|
Frank Nicholas Medlenka was born on February 26, 1889 in Houston, Texas. When his father and mother separated, he left Houston and moved to California with his mother, his brother Arthur and his sisters Bertha and Florence. It is assumed that his mother died, possibly in the 1906 earthquake in California, as he is listed as a boarder in the 1910 census, working as a house painter in San Mateo County. In 1913, he moved to Oakland where he met and married Rose Gertrude Seeley. For the next 50 years, he was a master sign painter, self-employed painting and decorating contractor and steeplejack. For nearly 30 years, he worked for the City of Oakland in the traffic engineering department. He was on the first painting crew to "dress up" the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge in 1939. He was widely known for his hand-lettering script work on billboards for the U.S. Royal Tire and Rubber Co. The billboards were entirely hand-painted and hand-lettered and contained a brief historical comment about each major city. Since 1954, he had lived in the area of Fruitvale Avenue and East 27th Street. Frank died at the Midtown Convalescent Hospital on June 27, 1980 in Oakland, California from a heart attack. He was cremated on July 1, 1980 and his remains are located at the Santa Cruz (Odd Fellows) Mausoleum-Columbarium at 1927 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz, California Niche # 3, Tier H.
Santa Cruz Memorial Park
Santa Cruz County
Plot: Foyer Tier H, Niche #3
Created by: Beverly Claire Medlenka ...
Record added: Apr 19, 2006
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