Leona “Frankfather” Frankfother

Leona “Frankfather” Frankfother

North Baltimore, Wood County, Ohio, USA
Death 30 Oct 1911 (aged 17)
North Baltimore, Wood County, Ohio, USA
Burial Jerry City, Wood County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 88984460 · View Source
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Grave Site Notice: There are conflicting accounts of where Leona was interred. Some evidence points to Old Maplewood Cemetery in North Baltimore (see Leona's mother's memorial for attached material), and her death certificate does state "Maplewood" as place of burial. But two of her sisters said that she was buried in the Jerry City Cemetery, next to her father (see gravesite details below), and Leona's obituary (see below) states this. No markers have survived, so there is no physical evidence. I leave it to interested parties to draw their own conclusions.

Weekly Beacon, Friday, November 3, 1911
North Baltimore, Ohio

Monday morning at four o'clock, at the home of her mother, Mrs. J.A. Aldridge, in this city, occurred the death of Leona Frankfother, after months of suffering, she having been confined to bed since Easter Sunday with lung trouble.

She was only seventeen years of age at the time of her death, and besides her mother, leaves two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Matthews, of Tiffin, and Miss Cora Frankfother, and two brothers, Wilson and David.

The funeral was held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock at the U.B. Church, conducted by Rev. J.O. Rhodes. She was laid to rest beside her father in the Jerry City cemetery.

My grandmother, Cora Frankfather Bosler, had been very close to her little sister Leona, and always spoke of her, and her passing, with great feeling and some bitterness. Their father, Thomas Jefferson Frankfather, died when my grandmother was a toddler, and Leona not yet born. His passing left the family in dire financial straits, and the farm belonged to the extended Frankfather family. They allowed Thomas's widow and children to stay on; a seemingly kind gesture, until the entire clan began to treat the farm as a private resort, my great grandmother, Mary Frankfather, working herself into exhaustion as a kind of servant to her visiting in laws. One such visitor, a cousin, Daisy Frankfather (Frankfother), explained that her wracking cough was merely a cold. On the last day of her visit, she confessed that she was dying of tuberculosis. Leona thereby contracted it, and died about a year later - a slow, painful death that devastated my great grandmother and grandmother. My great grandmother had remarried, becoming Mary Aldridge, but the years of toil had taken their toll, and she died in 1913 of a stroke at the age of 55. My grandmother never really forgave her Frankfather relations, though she was the kindest, gentlest soul I've ever known. She treasured her photographs of Leona, as I do now.

- Daniel Bosler, Leona's grand nephew

Note: The spelling Frankfother vs. Frankfather varies in publications and records from the past. My grandmother always used the latter spelling.

Gravesite Details According to her sister Bertha, Leona's headstone and that of her father were removed in 1922 and the plots absorbed into the adjacent farm land. This was corroborated by my grandmother, Cora Frankfather Bosler.

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  • Added: 22 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88984460
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leona “Frankfather” Frankfother (16 Jun 1894–30 Oct 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88984460, citing Jerry City Cemetery, Jerry City, Wood County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Daniel (contributor 47788336) .