|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1909|
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1932|
Second Bandit Is Gun Victim
Police Shots Take Lives Of Two In Holdup
Herbert L. Franks, Kenton, Fails To Survive Pistol Fire in Gas Station
One Held for Investigation Claims Ownership of Auto Used in Robbery
Herbert L. Franks, 23, of Kenton, died in City hospital at 4 a.m. Thursday, the second youth to meet death from bullets fired by Lima police, who surprised them early Wednesday morning as they were holding up the Cities Service gasoline filling station at Union and Elm-sts. Carl Comstock, 22, also of Kenton, died in City hospital at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Patrolman Ed Swaney and Merchant Policeman Don Miller started firing when the youths failed to heed a command to hold up their hands and started toward the officers with drawn guns. Both of the alleged bandits were shot twice with bullets from the guns of the officers.
A third Kenton man, arrested by police late Wednesday afternoon for investigation, who claimed ownership of the automobile found near the scene of the shooting, was released from city jail Thursday morning. The man denied having been with the youths when the holdup was attempted, saying he had loaned the car to them.
He also denied driving the car in an Urbana filling station robbery last Saturday, with which the dead youths were connected when identified Wednesday afternoon in City hospital by the station attendant. The attendant was unable to identify the third party as the driver, saying he only caught a glimps of the man behind the wheel at the time of the robbery.
Officers Swaney and Miller were commended Thursday by police department officials for their work in putting a halt to the attempted robbery.
Chief of Police John W. Cook declared that had not the officers fired, they probably would have been shot themselves. The robbers were commanded to drop their guns, officials said, and failed to comply.
Comstock resided at 604 Poplar-st, Kenton, was born in Goshen-tp, Hardin-co, April 21, 1910. He had resided in Kenton pratically all his life.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Jessie Tilbrough; one brother, Homer Comstock of Forest; five sisters, Mrs. Ruey Mauller of LaRue, Mrs. Ruth Kemmere, Mrs. Cora Wilson, Mrs. Nina Johnson, and Mrs. Mona Poling, all of Kenton; and his step-father, William T. Tilbrough.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Schindewolf funeral home in Kenton, with the Rev. G. L. Burghard, pastor of the Kenton Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the McKendrey cemetery, near Kenton. The body will remain in the Schindewolf funeral home.
Franks is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest P. Franks; two brothers, Floyd and Eugene, both at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. M. C. Franks, of Lima.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the home of his parents, with the Rev. E. J. Arthur officiating. Burial will be in Grove cemetery. Franks was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Methodist church.
(published in The Lima News, Thursday, April 28, 1932)
Ernest P Franks (1880 - 1950)
Irma M Kahler Franks (1886 - 1959)
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