He died at Chelan, Washington. Frank is buried with Bayard E. Wilkeson.
Inscription (on original military marker)
The following is from the booklet, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Historical Walk, published by the City of Salina, Parks & Recreation and the Salina Public Library.
Frank Wilkeson led several lives. Born in Buffalo, New York, on March 8, 1848, he was the youngest son of journalist, Samuel Wilkeson, and Catherine Cady, sister to suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Wilkeson was only 15 when he ran away from home to join the Union Army during the Civil War. When the war ended in 1865, he had been brevetted a captain. He later published Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac, a starkly realistic view of war. During his lifetime he worked as a mining engineer in Pennsylvania and Colorado, a civil engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway and an explorer of the river valleys in Washington State, to which he returned many times. He married and came to Saline County in 1871, buying land in Gypsum Township and establishing a cattle ranch, which his wife Mary and two sons called home. From 1887 to 1893, he wrote fishing and hunting pieces for the New York Times and the New York Sun. The last twenty years of his life, Wilkeson wandered between Kansas and Washington, writing promotional articles and dabbling in politics and various business ventures.
Mary Celia Clouse Wilkeson
1846–1918 (m. 1869)
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