|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1847|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1924|
The Portales Valley News and Journal, 10 Jan 1924:
Winfield Jackson Franse 1847 - 1924
Once more the message of death has visited our city and called one of our highly respected citizens as his victim.
Winfield Jackson Franse was born near Harrisonville, Cass Co., MO., Sept. 17, 1847, and departed this life Jan. 5, 1924, in the Hereford hospital at Hereford, Texas, after a short illness of only six days of pneumonia. All that skilled minds and trained hands could do was done, but God had called and without a pain, without a groan or sigh, he closed his eyes and quitely left this life, and loved ones for the Great Beyond. He believed in God and higher things and was always ready to help with for the advancement of better things. He joined the Masonic order at the age of twenty one and lived faithful to it the rest of his life.
Mr. Franse was the oldest child of Peter and Jerusha Franse and moved with his parents to a farm near Freeman, where he spent the greater part of his life.
On April 7, 1880 he was married to Hannah Louisa Hayes, who survives him. Three children were born to this union, all of whom are living, Mrs. Frances Christoe of Douglas, Alaska, Mrs. Rusha Smith of Portales, N.M., and Walter H. Franse of Redlake, N.M., also five grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Fanie E. Wheeler of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Cuida Nolan of Klamath Falls, Oregon, are left to mourn his going besides a host of friends.
Mr. Franse had lived in Roosevelt County for eighteen years, but only for a little more than a year had lived in our midst, but on one in so short a time could have made more friends both among the children and grown people. To know him was to love him for he numbered his friends by his acquaintance. "Daddy Franse" as he was best known will be missed over the entire county for he always had a pleasant word and ready smile for both the young and old. No man was ever more devoted to his home, and his one aim was to shed love and comfort to his loved ones.
Funeral services for Mr. Franse were held at the home in Portales on Monday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by the Rev. James J. Richards, pastor of the local Methodist church.
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Sect. SA, Row 22
Created by: Joyce Gore Locke
Record added: Feb 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13435157
Added: Feb. 18, 2007