Frank L. Dodge Taken by Death

The following is the text of an article in The State Journal of Tuesday, December 24, 1929. Upon request, the Secretary can provide a copy of the article with its accompanying photo of Frank L. Dodge.

Frank L. Dodge Taken by Death

Was Prominent in Michigan Law and Political Circles
Headed City Council
Practiced Here 50 Years; Was Active in City Government

Frank L. Dodge, 76, well known attorney here and prominent supporter of the democratic party in Michigan, died at St. Lawrence hospital early Tuesday morning following an illness of three months.

He began the practice of law in Lansing 50 years ago, after having practiced several years in the law office of Isaac M. Crane in Eaton Rapids. He was a member of the Michigan legislature from 1883 to 1885 and for four years was United States commissioner for the eastern district of Michigan. He was a member of the American, state and county bar associations.

Born in Oberlin, Ohio, October 22, 1853, Mr. Dodge had spent half a century as an active resident of Lansing, having served on various municipal and state boards. For several years he served on the police and fire board, and for a number of years was a member of the board of education. He was appointed chairman of the state board of arbitration and conciliation by Governor Ferris, to serve with Senator Couzens. He was president and a member of city council here for 12 years and also president of the last charter revision committee which drafted the instrument now in force.

In 1886 Mr. Dodge joined Company "E" of the first regiment of Michigan state troops and received his discharge three years later. He was a life member of the Masonic Capital Lodge No. 66, and also was a member of I. O. O. F. No. 522, Knights of Pythias Gauntlet No. 42, Lansing Tent No. 276 Maccabees, and the Independent Order of Foresters.

Having been elected president at the last meeting of the State Association of Supervisors, which he assisted in organizing 27 years ago, Mr. Dodge was to have presided at the next meeting of the organization. He has served as secretary and vice president for many years, until his election to the presidency.

Besides the widow, Abbie, he is survived by two sons, Franklin L. Dodge, Jr., and Wyllis O. Dodge, both of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Andrus B. McLean, Lansing, and Mrs. James T. Horn, Cleveland, O.; one brother-in-law, Corwin C. Armstrong, Minneapolis, Minn., and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the home, 106 East North street, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Allan Black, Lansing, Fred Dodge and Joseph W Stack, East Lansing, Frank H. Dodge and D. Fiske Reasoner, Detroit, Gardner Dodge, Cleveland, Arthur Dodge, Chicago, and Ezra Dodge, Hudson, Michigan. All the men are nephews of the late attorney.

Honorary pallbearers are William Donovan, John Crotty, J. Edward Roe, Lloyd C. Abbot, J. D. Reutter, Fabio Sergardi, Judge Charles B. Collingwood, Judge Leland W Carr and Alva M. Cummings.

Internment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery.

The following is the text of a clipping from an unnamed newspaper [probably The State Journal] in the Dodge family scrapbook. Mr. Dodge died December 24, 1929. Upon request, the Secretary can provide a copy of the clipping.

Final Tribute Paid Attorney

Funeral Services Held From Home for Hon. Frank L. Dodge

A city bowed its head Thursday afternoon at the bier of Hon. Frank L. Dodge, 76-year-old civic leader and attorney, while his earthly remains were laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery.

The funeral service took place at 2:30 p.m. in the Dodge home, 104 [sic] E North St.

Attesting to the esteem in which the leader was held, hundreds of letters and telegrams from all over the state and nation came to relatives with messages of condolence.

Besides a host of local friends and acquaintances, there came political leaders from all over the state to assist in the funeral service. William A. Comstock, Giles Cavanaugh, Horatio Abbott, prominent in the ranks of the democratic party in Michigan, came from Detroit. Frank L. Dodge was a lifelong democrat and took a leading part in the state's political affairs.

The funeral services were short and expressive. Rev. Edwin W Bishop of the Plymouth Congregational church offered prayer and spoke briefly on the exemplary life of Hon. Mr. Dodge. Mrs. Joseph Stack sane "O Gentle Presence." The eight nephews of the attorney carried his body to its grave.

The pall bearers were Fred Dodge, Joseph Stack, Allan Black, Gardner Dodge, Arthur Dodge, Ezra Dodge and A. V. Van Tyne. They were supported by an honorary escort composed of William Donivan, John E Crotty, J. Edward Roe, Floyd C. Abbot, J. G. Reutter, Alva Cummins and Fabio Sergardi.

During the funeral hour, flags were at half mast on the city hall and public buildings and the Ingham county circuit court was adjourned for the day.