|Birth: ||May 13, 1867|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1941|
Frank was the fourth of James Jefferson and Syrena Bell's children. When he was a few months old, his parents purchased a farm a few miles northeast of Newtonia. He grew up watching his father struggling to establish a profitable farm and livestock business. His mother was ill much of the time and was occasionally bedfast. He was educated in the Newtonia school system, and by the time he had reached his early twenties, it was apparent he wasn't interested in following in his father's footsteps as a farmer.
Frank's first marriage, which ended in divorce, was to Laura Alphosine Higgs. His second marriage was to Sylvia Mathey, an attractive young French girl, who lived in Joplin. Their children were: Edna, Albert, Helen, Darrell, Lela, Ann Ruth, & Paul. This marriage also ended in divorce.
His third marriage was to Artie (last name unknown). They were living in Wichita, KS, when he died on April 6, 1941. His body was transported back to Newtonia where he was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in the Bell plot.
His obituary was published in the Neosho Daily Democrat on April 8, 1941:
"Jacob Franklin Bell was born May 13, 1867, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and departed this life April 6, 1941. He came to Missouri when a small child with his parents, J.J. and Syrena Bell, a pioneer family of Newton county, Missouri, and were well known as prominent leaders in community life. He was educated in the Pierce City Baptist College, after which he returned to Newton County, where he spent most of his life. He was married to Sylvia Mathey April 6, 1899. To this union were born seven children as follows: Edna, Mrs. W.C. Spencer of Dallas, Tex.; Darrell L. Bell, physician and surgeon of Oelwein, Iowa; Helen, Mrs. B.L. Page of Washington, D.C.; Lela, Mrs. E.J. Ruble of Chicago, Illinois; Anna Ruth, Mrs. Henry Nees, of Tulsa, Okla., and Paul Bell of Joplin, Missouri; and Albert Bell, deceased.
He is also survived by his wife, Mrs. J.F. Bell; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Wilson, of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Maggie West Green of Neosho. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and was a kind and loving father. His loss is deeply mourned by all his family. Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church of Newtonia, Missouri where he was a member since early boyhood. All of the surviving children were present. Interment was in the family plot at Newtonia, Mo."
Note: The date of death on his tombstone has been inscribed inaccurately as April 4.
The above is a very brief summary of Frank's life, which is shown in more detail in my book titled "The Family of James and Caroline Bell."
James Jefferson Bell (1833 - 1926)
Syrena Neal Bell (1827 - 1896)
Sylvia Mathey Bell (1879 - 1954)
Laura Alphonsine Higgs McMillen (1874 - 1945)*
Edna Beatrice Bell Hackney (1899 - 1966)*
Albert Franklin Bell (1901 - 1928)*
Helen Evadna Bell Page (1903 - 1999)*
Darrell Leland Bell (1905 - 1972)*
Lela Marie Bell Ruble (1908 - 1998)*
Ann Bell McAllister (1911 - 1985)*
Paul Vincent Bell (1917 - 1961)*
Matilda Letitia Hart Wilson (1848 - 1900)**
John Thomas Hart (1849 - 1933)**
William Harrison Bell (1854 - 1919)*
Martha Caroline Bell Wilson (1858 - 1950)*
Joseph W. Bell (1865 - 1873)*
Jacob Franklin Bell (1867 - 1941)
Mary Margaret Bell Green (1870 - 1951)*
Eva Esther Bell Morris (1901 - 1968)**
Sherman McKinley Bell (1903 - 1980)**
Russell Warren Bell (1906 - 1977)**
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: a car
Record added: Jan 03, 2009
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