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Dr Frank Bence
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1850
Ashland County
Ohio, USA
Death: 1921
Pottawatomie County
Oklahoma, USA

Husband of Susanne.

Frank Bence, M. D. One of the early physicians and surgeons to establish themselves in practice in Pottawatomie and Cleveland counties is Dr. Frank Bence, whose home is now-at Macomb. Doctor Bence is a practitioner of more than forty years active experience. He practiced in Ohio and Indiana before coming to Oklahoma, and at this date he is widely recognized for his ability and for his manf associations with the profession and with public affairs. He was born in Ashland County, Ohio, March 19, 1852 His father, William Bence, was drowned at sea soon after the birth of Doctor Bence and the mother had passed away a short time before. Doctor Bence grew up in the home of his maternal grandfather, Shriner, who was a native of Pennsylvania, in which state he was reared and married, and was an early settler in Ashland County, Ohio. Peter Shriner was also a physician, and combined that profession with farming. He had seen active service as a soldier in the Mexican war. From Ohio he moved to Indiana. At his death he was, it is said, one hundred fifteen years of age. He reared seventeen children to manhood and womanhood. In the home of his grandfather Doctor Bence acquired his early training in Ashland County, Ohio. He studied medicine under his grandfather, and took his first case when only seventeen years of age. Some years later he entered the Physicians and Surgeons College in Chicago, from which he was graduated M. D. in June, 1889. His home and work as a physician were in Ashland County, Ohio, until 1890, in which year he removed to Talbott, Indiana. From there in 1897 he came to Oklahoma City, remained there about a year, and then went into Cleveland County, and has since been a prominent member of the medical fraternity in that and in Pottawatomie County with the exception of eighteen months spent at Rosedale, in McClain County. Doctor Bence first located at Etcuwah in 1903, but from there a few months later moved to Tribbey and Old Burnett. In April, 1915, he re-established his practice and home at Macomb. He was one of the charter members of the Oklahoma State Medical Society, and a member of the Pottawatomie County Society. In politics he is a republican and in earlier years took a very prominent part in political affairs. For six years he was a member of the school board in Old Burnett, and has served on the County Central Republican Committees of both Cleveland and Pottawatomie counties. Besides his large private practice he is examiner for the Kansas City Life Insurance Company, the Bankers` Life Insurance Company of Oklahoma, the Indianapolis Reserve and Loan Company, and the New York Life Insurance Companv, aiid at one time was local surgeon for the Oklahoma Central Railroad. Doctor Bence was reared in the Episcopal faith. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias in the lodges in Linwood, Kansas. In Ashland County, Ohio, in 1874, he married Miss Mary Crull, who was born in Ohio in 1857. Her father was a Union soldier and was killed during the war. To their marriage have been born six children: Minnie, wife of William Slate, a farmer and stockman at Lindsay, Oklahoma; Walter, who is a motorman for the Street Railway Company at Shawnee; Leta, wife of Charles Sheppard, who is manager of the Central Telephone Exchange at Macomb; Pearl, wife of Willis Buggs, who resides in Leaveuworth, Kansas; Vernon, in the livery business at Macomb; and Bertha, still at home with her parents A STANDARD HISTORY OF OKLAHOMA BY JOSEPH BRADFIELD THOBURN 
Family links: 
  Mary Susanne Crull Bence (1858 - 1924)*
  Minnie May Bence Slate (1883 - 1939)*
  Leota B. Bence Radle (1890 - 1971)*
  Lula Pearl Bence Spencer (1893 - 1943)*
  Vernon Vermont Bence (1897 - 1959)*
  Bertha Viola Bence Mitchell (1900 - 1978)*
*Calculated relationship
Prairie View Cemetery
Pottawatomie County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: R12-12
Maintained by: patricia slate
Originally Created by: Cheryl Nichols
Record added: Oct 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21956430
Dr Frank Bence
Added by: patricia slate
Dr Frank Bence
Added by: Cheryl Nichols
Dr Frank Bence
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- patricia slate
 Added: Jan. 27, 2009
Frank and Susanne are my great grandparents, their daughter Minnie is my grandmother, Minnie's son Cecil is my dad
- stacy howard
 Added: Jan. 19, 2009

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Oct. 4, 2007
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