HENRY L. FRANK IS DEAD IN OHIO
Stricken by heat
in Chicago during republican convention, he was taken to Cincinnati,
where end came—Was pioneer citizen and merchant and mine owner of
prominence—The catastrophe at Frank, B.C., when landslide took place,
preyed on his mind.
Henry L. Frank, merchant and mine owner and a pioneer citizen of
Butte, is dead in Cincinnati. The news came in a telegram to his brother,
Louis Frank, and simply said that Mr. Frank had died during the day. Louis
Frank left Butte last night on the North Coast limited for Cincinnati.
Is Severe Blow
While the cause of death is not given in the dispatch, it is
understood to have been brain trouble which developed during his short
stay in Chicago.
Henry L. Frank was one of Butte’s most progressive and successful business men. He was born in Ironton, Ohio, July 5, 1851, and consequently had just passed his fifty-seventh year at the time of his death. His people had been wine growers in Alasce in the times when that province belonged to France and before it was annexed to Germany. His father, Moses Frank came from Alsace to America when quite a boy, settling in Cincinnati, where he later engaged in mercantile business. He died there some years ago, leaving a wife, who had been Miss Ester Lupin, and seven children of whom Henry L. Frank was the eldest. Mr. Frank received his education in Cincinnati and got his business training in his father’s mercantile establishment.
When about 24 years of age he decided to come West, and spent two years in Colorado and New Mexico. He came to Butte in 1877, and started in the wholesale liquor business, of which he made a big success. At first he conducted his business in a log cabin with a dirt roof on Main street. As his trade expanded he sought other and more commodious places and his last was in his modern building on East Broadway, adjoining the Standard building, where he had his business offices.
of Coal Mines
In addition to his liquor interests, Mr. Frank was largely interested in mines in Idaho, Montana and Canada. In the latter country he owned the big coal mine at Frank, the town named after him, and which was nearly wiped out by a landslide several years ago. His coal mines there were considered one of his most valuable holdings at the time he sold them not long ago. For a while he was president of the Butte Water company and he was one of the organizers of the original Silver Bow Electric company. With the money he accumulated through his business investments Mr. Frank was ever ready for improvements on his real estate holdings. He put up the first building that was designed especially to accommodate the federal post office, that on East Broadway, to which place the post office was moved from Miners’ union building.
In politics, Mr. Frank was a democrat. Twice he was elected Mayor of Butte, and twice he served in the legislature of the state when Montana was first admitted to statehood. He always took an active interest in the affairs of his party, serving as chairman of the state committee four years ago. In the legislature of 1901, he was a prominent figure in the fight for the United States senatorship to fill the unexpired term for which W. A. Clark had been selected two years before. It was the candidacy of Mr. Clark for the full term to succeed Senator Carter that had much to do with Mr. Frank not securing the honor. He and Mr. Clark were from the same county, Silver Bow.
Personally Mr. Frank was well liked by hosts of people in Butte who
had the pleasure of knowing him. While a man of very decided opinions, which
he never was afraid to express, he was candid and open with everyone and a
genial man to meet on all occasions. He stood high in Masonry, having
reached the 33rd degree, also he was a prominent Elk, having held
high positions in the Butte lodge. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias
as well, and took much interest in the order.
Tuesday, August 18, 1908