Frank G. Ellis (1868 - 1932)
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Frank G. Ellis (1868 - 1932) was born in 1868 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. He was born into the Ellis family.
He died on September 13, 1932 at Old Soldiers Home, Leavenworth, KS at age 64. His family lists the cause of death as: heart attack. Frank was buried on September 15, 1932 in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS.
Frank G. Ellis's last known residence is at Doctor's Residence, Old Soldier's Home, Leavenworth, KS.
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- Given name
- Ellis family history
- Last Known Residence
Old Soldier's Home, Leavenworth, KS
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas
at Old Soldiers Home,
- Burial / Funeral
at Leavenworth National Cemetery,
Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, KS
- Cause of death
- heart attack
- Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon
- Military Service
- US Army, WWI
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In his mother's diary, there are no entries for the year this happened. The next time he is mentioned is several years later and was thereafter referred to Frank or F Ellis, or FE instead of James or Jimmy.
He was certainly a colorful person, prone to fits of ranting and raving about the 'damned Democrats' and the buracracy at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. I have a letter from Teddy Roosevelt in response to one of Frank's letters concerning the deplorable conditions on the Reservations. Needless to say, Teddy wasn't particularly interested in the Indians and sent a polite "thank you for your concern" type letter.
Just because he was an interesting character, you might want to look at a posting on the website of the Sharlot Hall Museum in Arizona. An article "Looking back at Dr. Frank Ellis and the Colorado River Agency" gives some details about the assignment to the Colorado River Agency at Parker Arizona. My grandmother, his daughter, was six when they made the trip from Missouri to Arizona. This involved taking the train to wherever it ended, boarding a stage coach to the end of the line and then going down the mighty Colorado River in a canoe or raft to the reservation. My grandmother remembers having to sit under a blanket for the trip down the river because the "Indians" who guided the raft/canoe were not properly dressed.
This became home for their family for the next several years. My grandmother attended the Indian school on the reservation. My great grandmother finally had enough of living on the reservations and told him to find some other means of support. After Parker, he was hired as one of the surgeons at the Old Soldier's Home in Leavenworth KS. Of course, many things happened in the meantime, but that is where he eventually died in 1932. We've always enjoyed the stories of him because he was such a scoundrel in many ways. I am only sorry I never got to meet him and only know him because of the stories from my grandmother and mother. They both idolized him. My great-grandmother was a little more realistic, and, while she loved him she wasn't blind to his faults.
He also served several stints in the Army, the latest was WWI. I've always enjoyed the pictures of him because his pomposity shines through. I'll post some additional pictures of him in the next few days. He had his picture taken at every opportunity, had numerous prints made and was always posing in some perfectly ridiculous way. Just makes me smile!
Thank you for your interest in the old scoundrel. He is one of the people that makes geneology interesting!
Again, thank you for your kind words. As I said, this is what makes geneology work worthwhile. Most of it is simple dates - birth, marriage, death and the names of the children of the union. Pretty dry stuff. But, once in awhile a true gem surfaces and it keeps us going!