Frankie R. Howard

Frankie R. Howard

Original Name Frank
Birth
California, USA
Death 9 May 1926 (aged 14)
Willits, Mendocino County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Cypress Lawn's east side cemetery; section B; Lots 104, 103, 115 and 116; Howard Mausoleum Vault (northeast of Noble Chapel) (interred w/ Charles Howard)
Memorial ID 8061840 · View Source
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Folk Figure. Son of Charles Howard (owner of thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit). Frankie was fatally injured when he drove one of the family trucks on his father's Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County and the vehicle overturned into a canyon, crushing the teenager beneath. He was age 14. Mr. Howard, already nearing the end of his first marriage and practically forsaking the automobile which made him rich through sales as a result of his son's death, eventually found solace in horse racing, later purchsing Seabiscuit. The Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits was built and named in Frankie's honor (this because no medical facilities existed in Willits which may have saved the young man had they existed). His death was described in Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling non-fiction novel "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" (2001) and was depicted in the theatrical film version of the book (2003).

Bio by: Theologianthespian


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  • Originally Created by: Theologianthespian
  • Added: 5 Nov 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8061840
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frankie R. Howard (15 Oct 1911–9 May 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8061840, citing Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .