Obit: Watson, Frank C. (1868 - 1933)
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----Sources: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 02/09/1933

Watson, Frank C. (28 Jun 1868 - Feb 1933)

Word was received here last week, telling of the death of former postmaster, Frank C. Watson, whose death occurred at his home in Los Angeles, Calif. For the past six years Mr. Watson has made his home in California, going there from Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), after he had completed a two-term appointment as postmaster of this city, under the President Woodrow Wilson Administration.

Mr. Watson came to Owen 26 years ago, and established himself in the meat business, under the name of Dearth & Watson, operating the City Meat Market for a term of about three years. After disposing of this business he moved to his farm north of the city, where he remained until his appointment as postmaster.

For the past six years or more Mr. and Mrs. Watson have made their home in Los Angeles, Calif. There many friends here will regret to learn of his passing at this time.

*Frank Watson was born June 28, 1868 in Millgrove, Ohio, the son of James and Mary Jane (Slater) Watson.  As a young man, Frank worked in as a postmaster in a mercantile store in Millgrove.  In 1900, he worked at a brick kiln in Dixon, Illinois.  His wife, Amanda Ellen Dearth  was born 5 Dec 1869 and was murdered 30 Jan 1935 in Los Angeles, California.  Both are buried in California.

Family Notes


Amanda Ellen "Mandy" Dearth was born 5 Dec 1869 in Hackney, Morgan Co., Center Twp., Ohio.  She was the daughter of Louis and Clarissa "Clara" A. DeVoe.  Amanda married Frank C Watson b: 28 Jun 1868 in Morgan Co., Ohio.




John Watson, Jr. (father of Frank C. Watson) was born Oct 1839 in Ohio and died 7 Feb 1903 in Clark County, WI. Occupation: farmer.

Marriage Date:5 Sep 1864; Spouse: Mary Jane Slater b: Dec 1847 in Ohio.  Her father was Daniel Slater (b. 8 Feb 1813 in Guernsey County, Ohio, d. 12 Apr 1892 in Washington Co., Ohio).  Daniel married Elizabeth McKee 22 Apr 1841 in Guernsey Co., Ohio.  She was born 31 Dec 1822 in Pennsylvania and died 14 Jun 1895 in Morgan Co., Ohio.  Both of Mary Jane's parents are buried in the Centerville Twp. Cemetery, Morgan Co., Ohio)
Census: 1870 John & Mary resided in Center Twp., Morgan Co., Ohio
Census: 1880 John & Mary resided in Bristol Twp., Morgan Co., Ohio
Census: 1900 John & Mary resided in Center Twp, Morgan Co., Ohio, then moved to Clark County, Wisconsin where John died 7 Feb 1903 and she died 6 Nov 1916. 


***The family says they are both buried in Clark Co., Wisconsin, but the 1910 Census for Morgan co., Ohio says !(OH, E.D. 39, Sheet 3a, pg. 19) records Mary as a widow living with her son Elmer and this site has had no notation of either Mary or John being buried in Clark Co., Wisconsin.


Children of James & Mary (Slater) Watson
James Elmer Watson b: 27 Oct. 1865 in Center Twp, Morgan Co., Ohio, d: 14 May 1930 in Morgan Co., Ohio and is buried in Smith Chapel Cemetery, Morgan Co., Ohio.  He married Martha A. "Mattie" Rose (b. 23 Jun 1870, in Ohio).
Willmetta D Watson b: 1867 in Center Twp, Morgan Co., Ohio
Thomas H Watson b: 1868 in Center Twp, Morgan Co., Ohio
Frank C Watson b: 28 Jun 1868 in Morgan Co., Ohio
Annie B Watson b: 1872 in Morgan Co., Ohio
Mary J Watson b: 1876 in Morgan Co., Ohio

Ohio Marriage Records

John Watson Jr.
bride's name: Mary Jane Slater
marriage date: 5 Sep 1864
marriage place: Morgan Co., Ohio
bride's father's name: Daniel Slater

Franklin C. Watson
Place (standardized): Morgan, Ohio, United States
age: 30
birthplace: Millgrove, Ohio
father: John Watson
mother: Mary J. Slater
spouse: Amanda E. Dearth
spouse's age: 30
spouse's estimated birth year: 1870
spouse's birthplace: Hackney, Ohio
spouse's father: Louis Dearth
spouse's mother: Clara Devoe

1880 Federal Census, Bristol, Morgan, Ohio

Frank Watson, white, single, male
residence: Bristol, Morgan, Ohio
birthdate: 1869
birthplace: Ohio, United States
father's name: John Watson
father's birthplace: Ohio, United States
mother's name: Mary Watson
mother's birthplace: Ohio, United States
race: White
ethnicity: American
age (expanded): 11 years

Household Members
self John Watson M 40 (1840 Ohio, United States)
wife Mary Watson F 32 (1848 Ohio, United States)
son Elmer Watson M 14 (1866 Ohio, United States)
daughter Willmetta Watson F 13 (1867 Ohio, United States)
son Frank Watson M 11 (1869 Ohio, United States)
daughter Annie Watson F 8 (1872 Ohio, United States)
daughter Mary Watson F 4 (1876 Ohio, United States)

1900 Federal Census, ED 59 Dixon Township Dixon city Ward 3, Lee, Illinois, United States, page: 9, sheet letter: B, family number: 143

Frank C Watson, white, married male
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Ohio
mother's birthplace: Ohio
estimated marriage year: 1900

Household Members
head Frank C Watson M 32 (Feb 1868 Ohio)
wife Amanda Watson F 31 Ohio
sister-in-law Nora Dearth F 19 Ohio
lodger Gilbert M Anderson M 23 Minnesota

1920 Federal Census, Clark, Wisconsin

Frank Watson, white, married, male
father's birthplace: Ohio
mother's birthplace: Ohio

Household Members
Head: Frank Watson M 51y (1869 Ohio)
Spouse: Amanda Watson F 50y (1870 Ohio), both parents b. Ohio

1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California, enumeration district number: 0345, family number: 94, sheet number and letter: 11A, line number: 36

Frank Watson, white, married, male
father's birthplace: Ohio
mother's birthplace: Ohio

Household Members
head Frank Watson M 61 (1869 Ohio)
wife Mandy Watson F 60 (1870 Missouri)



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