Henry L. Frank

Henry L. Frank

Birth
Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, USA
Death 17 Aug 1908 (aged 57)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Evanston, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 54018387 · View Source
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Businessman and mayor of Butte, Montana.

From The Butte Miner, August 22, 1908:

"H. L. Frank died August 17, 1908 in Cincinatti, Ohio. Frank was a prominent early Jewish businessman and mayor of the frontier town of Butte, Montana, and founder of the town of Frank, Brittish Columbia [should say Alberta, Canada]. Born in Ironton, Ohio on July 5, 1851, he went West and settled in Butte in 1877 acting as proprietor of a log cabin saloon. Frank found prosperity in the retail and wholesale liquor business in Butte, including founding the Butte Water Co. and the Silver Bow Electric Co. He built the building on East Broadway where the Ranchhouse bar was formerly located. He served as mayor from 1885-86 and served two terms in the Montana Legislature prior to the turn of the century.

H. L. Frank's final venture was coal mining. He founded the town of Frank, British Columbia - a mining town. Tragically, a landslide [rockslide] in 1903 wiped out most of the population of Frank's boom town."
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From The Story of Butte, Guy Piatt, 1897:

"HON. HENRY L. FRANK is one of Butte's most enterprising -and successful men. He was born in Ironton, Ohio, July 5, 1851. His ancestors in the old country were wine-growers in Alsace, then In France, but now a part of Germany. His father, Moses Frank, a native of that place, emigrated to America when a boy settling in Cincinnati and becoming a wholesale merchant. He still resides there. Henry L. Frank is the eldest of a family of eight children. He was educated in his native city in the public schools, and obtained his mercantile knowledge In his father's store. After leaving home he spent two years in Colorado and New Mexico, and then came to Butte. This was in 1877. Here he engaged in the wholesale liquor business, in which he has had great success. His trade was small at first, conducted in a log cabin with a dirt roof. It had been the Copperopolis restaurant and stood in the group of buildings on Main street ...It is where the Butte Hardware company building now stands. Mr. Frank remained in that location for three years, and then removed to the corner of Main and Broadway, remaining there four years. Next he located at the corner of West Broadway and Hamilton street for six years, when, his largely increasing business necessitating larger quarters, he removed to his present location on East Broadway.

He has a fine large store, occupying two floors 42x100 feet, besides a building at the depot 40x100 feet for storage, refrigerator and bottling. These facilities for doing business give some idea of the growth of his trade since he first started out in it. His business also extends into the various portions of the State. Mr. Frank is also largely interested in mines in Montana, Idaho and British Columbia and has added materially to his wealth thereby, one recent sale returning him, it is understood, about $100,000.

Mr. Frank has been Mayor of Butte twice, has been elected to the State Legislature two or three times, and has been prominent in furthering all public matters since his first coming to Butte. He is liberal and enterprising, has many friends, and is popular wherever known. He is a thirty- third degree Mason and belongs to the Knights of Pythias and Elks, and is a member of other societies."
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Note - There are several errors in the newspaper articles above: "The town of Frank which was named after Henry Frank was not in British Columbia, Canada...it was not a landslide...but a rockslide. Frank Alberta is a very small town with a highway and a railroad track running through it. The town nestles at the base of beautiful mountains.

The Frank Slide was a rockslide that buried part of the mining town of Frank, Northwest Territories, (Known as Alberta Canada today) At 4:10 am on April 29, 1903. Over 90 million tons of limestone rock slid down Turtle Mountain within 100 seconds, obliterating the eastern edge of Frank, the Canadian Pacific Railway line and the coal mine. It was one of the largest landslides in Canadian history and remains the deadliest, as between 70 and 90 of the town's residents were killed, most of whom remain buried in the rubble." Joan Donnelly Ellis


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 54018387
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry L. Frank (5 Jul 1851–17 Aug 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54018387, citing Walnut Hills Cemetery, Evanston, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Pam (contributor 47212213) .