Obit: Lynch, Frank (1875 - 1940)
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Surnames: Lynch, Leopold, Cook, Schmidt, Ayers

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 12 Sept. 1940

Lynch, Frank (9 May 1875 - 4 Sept. 1940)

Frank Lynch, Wausau, formerly of Neillsville, passed away at Rochester, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 4, where he and Mrs. Lynch had gone on the Sunday before Labor Day to visit their daughter, Berntia, and her family. Mr. Lynch had not been well for some time. Fearing that that trip to Rochester in one day would be too hard for him, Mrs. Lynch suggested that they stay over night in Neillsville at the home of her aunt, Mrs. John Leopold, starting on the trip to Rochester Sunday morning.

Mr. Lynch cam to Neillsville as a young man and conducted a livery stable for many years. He was married here to Miss Blanche Ayers. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Bernita, who is married and lives in Rochester, and Frances, living at home. Mrs. Leopold, Mrs. Kate Cook and Mrs. Fred Schmidt, all of Neillsville are aunts of Mrs. Lynch.

The body was taken to Delevan, Wisconsin, the old home of the Lynch family, for burial.

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----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 19 Sept. 1940

Frank Lynch, whose death occurred at Rochester, Minn., Sept. 4, 1940, was born at Mineral Point May 9, 1875. He grew to young manhood there and for several years he drove a stage coach between Mineral Point and Platteville. His bid for carrying the U. S. mail between these two points at one cent per year, gained for him the franchise of the route and a very good passenger business.

On April 2, 1902, Mr. Lynch came to Neillsville, being a horseman; he bought out the Kelly livery stable which he conducted until 1916. Lynch made many friends in Neillsville, Wis. He was courteous and understanding with the public, and soon learned with whom he could trust certain horses, this being one of the essential points in the business. He was well known for his generosity and kindness toward his family and all with whom he came in contact.

He was married to Miss Blanche Ayers of this city in 1908, the marriage taking place in Milwaukee. In 1916, the family moved to Darlington, where he became an agent for the Standard Oil Company. He also purchased the Murphy freight and express line there. In 1918 he sold his business to take a position as agent salesman for the Standard Oil Company in Waukesha, where he lived until 1927. Later he was transferred to Milwaukee and Ripon, and for the past eight years he had lived at Wausau. He was a most successful salesman, in the oil and automobile business, receiving many awards for his high rating with the firms for whom he worked.

Several years ago Mr. Lynch broke a limb and otherwise was injured and had not been so well since. About a year ago he resigned his position as an automobile salesman and set up a business of his own. It appeared that his health was improving and he and Mrs. Lynch drove to Rochester, Minn., to spend the weekend with their daughter and family, stopping in Neillsville over night enroute to break the length of the drive. On the evening of Labor Day, he became very ill and was taken to St. Mary’s hospital where he passed away the following Wednesday. The body was taken to Delavan, Wis., where interment was made at the side of his parents.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters: Mrs. Howard Newell, Rochester, and Miss Frances, Wausau; and two grandchildren. He also is survived by three brothers; Joseph and Wilbert, Milwaukee, and Irving, Delavan.



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