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FRANKLIN PIERCE HESTER 

Frank HESTER Found Dead At Waltonville. Prominent Retired Business Man Victim 
of Heart Attack This Morning. Frank Pierce HESTER, prominent retired Waltonville 
business man, was found dead on the floor of a barn at this home shortly after eight 
o'clock this morning, the victim of a heart attack. His age was 72 years, four months 
and one day. Mr. HESTER, who was in the mercantine business in Scheller for six 
years and operated a store in Waltonville for 20 years, had been retired for some time. 
He ad not been in good health and was not able to do chores around the home. He 
went to the barn this morning to feed the cow and when Mrs. HESTER went there 
to milk a short time later she found him lying on the floor of the barn. 

Coroner Howard HESTER, his son, died last September. Mr. HESTER was a member 
of the First Methodist Church of Waltonville. He was a member of Modern Woodmen 
and had been a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Masonic lodges. 
He was born September 8, 1867. He was first united in marriage with Susan BEAN 
who proceded him in death. To this union three children were born: Glen, a son, 
died in infancy. O. O. HESTER of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Hazel LEWIS of Toledo, 
Ohio, survive. 

In 1901 he was married to Mamie E. DUDLEY and five children where born to this 
union. Surviving are Ralph of Aurora, Miss Marian DANNER of Mt. Vernon and 
Fay and Margaret at Home. Howard HESTER preceded him in death. He is also 
survived by three brothers and two sisters. Funeral Arrangements had not been 
completed today. 

Mt Vernon Register News, Jan 10, 1940 
submitted by: Kay 
Sept 1, 1997 

 
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