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Francis H. Gheen, Jr
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Birth: May 6, 1874
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1922
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

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The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
June 18, 1904

Francis H. Gheen, Jr., is home again, after thirty-seven weeks' travel in melodrama. He will remain in West Chester a month, enjoying the companionship of old friends, and will then begin thinking of his Fall work.

Mr. Gheen has had wide experience before the footlights at home and abroad, and for a season was in Australia. This year he has been in America, mainly in the East, but part of the time in the time in the West, as far as Chicago. His work for next year is as yet undetermined.

"I always like to come back to West Chester," he said. "It is so pleasant and restful. I have had a successful year, but on the whole the season has not been a prosperous one with theatrical people. The Chicago fire meant a loss of millions. We were obliged to lay off for three weeks because the theaters were closed, and they would not let us play anywhere. Other companies were equally unfortunate, and thousands of actors and actresses were out of work."

Mr. Gheen looks in the pink of condition, and being warmly welcomed by many friends here, he will likely enjoy his vacation.

The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
October 21, 1905

Frank H. Gheen, Jr., one of West Chester's native sons, is winning fresh laurels in his chosen profession, that of an actor. He is with Robert Edeson, who this season is presenting "Strongheart", with so much success. The play has to do with the trials, tribulations and love affairs of members of a college football team, and is considered one of he best and brightest plays yet given the public by Mr. Edeson. Mr. Gheen enacts one of the principal roles and has been sharing honors with the star. The copany is appearing at the Nixon Theatre, Pittsburgh, this week, and a former West Chester girl, Mary Louise Brown, who is now editing the woman's page of the Pittsburgh Leader, the leading afternoon paper of that city, pays Mr. Gheen this compliment in a letter to the editor of the Local News:

"I attended the performance at the Nixon Theatre the other evening and on picking up a programme was pleasantly surprised to fine the cast of "Strongheart", the pretty college play being presented by Robert Edeson, the name of a West Chester boy, one whom I have known since the days when he was a boy in West Chester- Frank H. Gheen. Naturally, I became deeply interested, being anxious to see how Frank was succeeding in his chosen profession. He has a splendid part, that of 'Dick Livingstone', and it did my heart good when I found that early in the play he was sharing honors with the star. Frank still retains on the stage his personal charm, the same as in every day life, and while he is not a great actor, he is charmingly clever and natural, his work not being marred by that affection so common among present day portrayers of character. His was a highly finished painstaking bit of acting, showing marked ability. He has a pleasing stage presence, is perfectly at ease, graceful, has a fine voice, which he knows how to use well, and- well, after witnessing the performance I am not surprised that the dramatic critics should bestow so much well deserved praise on one in whose career, I feel sure, the people of West Chester take a deep interest.


The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
December 26, 1922

Francis H. Gheen, Jr.

A telegram was received in this place this morning stating that Francis Gheen, only son of the late Francis H. and Mrs. Gheen, who formerly resided at the corner of High and Biddle streets, had dropped dead in New York City on Christmas morning, his death being attributed to heart failure. The news came as a shock to his many friends here.

The deceased was 48 years of age and was born in West Chester and attended the High Street Friends' School. He later took up acting and became quite a favorite, playing with many leading actors throughout the country, and making a world tour, but later had been engaged in the bond business in New York. He was of a most genial temperament and had a large list of friends. Those left to mourn his loss are his mother and the following sisters: Mrs. Gertrude Robinson, Miss Marion Gheen, Mrs. J. Quincy Hunsicker and Mrs. Hawthorne Howard, John J. Gheen, Esq., of this place is an uncle.

GHEEN- Suddenly, in New York City, on Monday, Dec. 25, Francis H. Gheen, aged 48 years, son of the late Francis H. Gheen and Annie E. Brinton Gheen.
Interment private.

The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.December 27, 1922

Francis H. Gheen

Francis H. Gheen, who died suddenly of heart disease, Christmas morning, had spent the previous evening with his mother and sisters at the home of Mrs. Robinson and was apparently in good health, writes one who knew him well.

Mr. Gheen had complained from time to time since his services as Field Director of Red Cross Work at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, of heart pressure and weakness.

He was born in 1874, the son of Francis H. and Annie E. Gheen.

During his early youth he went on the stage and for a year toured Australia with Wilson Barrett, taking the young romantic parts.

For the past two years he has been associated wth the firm of Chandler & Company of New York.

The Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
December 28, 1922

The funeral of the late Francis H. Gheen, Jr., who died suddenly Christmas morning in New York city, occurred this morning, at 11 o'clock, from the parlors of J. B Smith & Son. The body arrived yesterday accompanied by his sisters, Mrs. Hunsicker, Miss Marion Gheen and Mrs. Gertrude Robinson, and his brother-in-law, Hawthorne Howard. Services had been held in New York City. Interment was made at the Friends' Burial Ground, just south of the borough and at the grave the funeral service of the Episcopal Church were read by the rector, Rev. John Mills Gilbert A.M.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis H. Gheen (1836 - 1921)
  Ann Eliza Brinton Gheen (1842 - 1923)
 
 Siblings:
  Gertrude Gheen Robinson (1869 - 1958)*
  Marian H. Gheen (1873 - 1932)*
  Francis H. Gheen (1874 - 1922)
  Helen Hunt Gheen Hunsicker (1875 - 1938)*
  Phebe J. Gheen Howard (1881 - 1961)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entry made from a listing created by West Chester University Students
 
Burial:
Rosedale Friends Cemetery
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Dan Oh
Record added: Jan 28, 2009
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Rest in peace Francis.
- Nancy Gibson Lowe
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