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Frank Edward Dominguez

  • Birth 11 May 1876 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 24 May 1925 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 81254814

Los Angeles Times – May 25, 1925:


Death Comes to Distinguished Member of Local Bar

Legal Leader Known for His Oratorical Ability

Lodge of Elks Will Conduct Funeral Tomorrow

The Los Angeles bar lost one of its most colorful figures and Southern California one of its most widely-known citizens yesterday in the death of Frank Edward Dominguez at his home, 330 North Arden Boulevard. The end came after a struggle of thirteen months in an unsuccessful attempt to regain health. Members of the immediate family were at the bedside when Mr. Dominguez breathed his last at 7:35 a.m. yesterday.

Mr. Dominguez's fatal illness, members of his family stated, is directly traceable to the death of his wife a year ago last February. Shortly thereafter Mr. Dominguez, whose closely knit home ties had been a frequent cause of comment among his associates and friends, suffered an attack of nervous prostration, attributed to sorrow. From that time on, one form of complication after another set in, until the combination eventually overcame his physical resistance.

Funeral Services

Funeral services at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon are to be conducted at the lodge home and under the supervision of the Elks. Services will be public. Rev. J. Whitcomb Brougher is to deliver the funeral sermon. At his own request, the body of Mr. Dominguez will be cremated at Rosedale Cemetery.

Named as actual or honorary pallbearers are W. H. Dehm, Charles H. Ostrum and Albert Chappell, former law associates, John C. Cline, former Sheriff, Ernest R. Werdin, Judge J. Walter Hanley and Attorney Milton Cohen. The body is held temporarily at the mortuary of the Mark A. Pierce Company.

Mr. Dominguez was a native son of Los Angeles, having been born here May 11, 1876, the son of Rosario and Guadalupe Gallardo Dominguez. His early education was obtained in local grammar and preparatory schools and then at St. Vincent's College. When only a boy he got work in the City Engineer's office under the late Eaton Dockweiler, and spent all his spare time in the study of law. He was only 21 years of age when he was admitted to practice.

Deputy County Clerk

Although several years intervened before he was to become known for his oratorical ability in court rooms, he laid the foundation for his subsequent repute in those early days. Shortly after being admitted to the bar, he became Deputy County Clerk under Charles Bell, later a Senator, and his next move in public life was to become court clerk under Judge M. T. Allen.

These latter positions came about the time interest was becoming nation-wide in the reorganization of the Philippine government, and Mr. Dominguez took such an active interest in the matter that he was taken to the Philippines as a member of the Taft Commission. During the next two years he worked intelligently with that organization, acting for some time as Taft's interpreter. His acquaintance and ability spread so rapidly and with such beneficial results that when he elected to stay in the islands to open a private practice, he built up a remunerative business, which he maintained for the next four years.

During that period Mr. Dominguez was attorney for Emilio Aguinaldo, famous insurgent chief of the natives, and his work in that capacity brought national recognition.

Brilliant Orator

He started practice in Los Angeles upon his return. Following a trip to Mexico City, where he represented the State of Colorado with M. Tarpez and Col. George Pippy at the Mexican Centennial, he went into practice with the late Earl Rogers and the two of them soon became known as two of the most brilliant and eloquent jury pleaders that Los Angeles ever had known.

Immediate members of the family who survive him are his mother, Mrs. G. G. Dominguez, an only daughter, Helen G. Hall, two brothers, City Clerk Robert Dominguez and Battalion Fire Chief Arthur W. Dominguez, and two sisters, Mrs. Victoria Nunnalley and Mrs. Thonita Daley, the latter of Arizona.





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  • Added: 30 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81254814
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Edward Dominguez (11 May 1876–24 May 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81254814, citing Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Don Lynch (contributor 47271760) .