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West Hill Cemetery
Sherman, Texas

Charles Banks
died 2 January 1899
Aged 44 yrs

Dallas Morning News
January 4, 1889
Sherman, Tex., Jan 3. - Chas. Banks, who was the victim of the suicide of yesterday, was laid away in the city cemetery at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.

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Frank Stephens Banks
23 April 1874 - 4 November 1885

Sherman Daily Register
5 November 1885
Sad death - The result of a boyish battle with stones near 1st Ward school Monday 2nd.  Little Frankie Bankts pays the price of childish imprudence; died Wed. 4th.  Body at residence of Charles Bankts, W. Jones St.

Dallas Morning News
6 November 1885
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Special to The News
SHERMAN, Nov. 5, - Little Frankie Banks, whose parents live on West Jones street, while engaged in a boyish battle with rocks, was struck on the left temple Monday afternoon.  The little fellow has been complaining more or less of his injuries all the week, but nothing serious was anticipated.  Yesterday afternoon he complained of being unwell and laid down upon a bed.  In a few minutes he was seized with convulsions and after several hours of suffering died in the midst of a spasm.  The little fellow is well known all over the city and was well liked by everybody, and his death is universally regretted by young and old alike.  He was buried in the West Side (West Hill) Cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The sad occurrence, as learned by a News reporter, was the result of childish thoughtlessness, and not from any defined intent to inflict an injury on the unfortunate little boy, who is thus shut off in his youth.

Sherman Daily Democrat
Thursday, November 5, 1885

The Remains of Little Frankie Banks Interred
The funeral of little Franklin Banks which took place from the family residence on West Jones street yesterday afternoon was the most impressive witnessed in this city for a long time.  At noon the room in which he was taught at the First Ward Public School was dismissed for the afternoon and the great majority of his little play-fellows were present at the house long before the burial services began.  The entire building was dismissed a half hour earlier than usual in order to be present and not delay the funeral.  It was by his little comrades hands that the casket was borne from the house to the hearse, and all the way to the last resting place three of them walked sadly along by the side of the hearse as pallbearers.  Over 100 of his little playmates preceded the hearse, and the picture of such childish devotion to a dead comrade was touching indeed.  In the procession and near the hearse in which his little master lay so silently sleeping, the little pony he was so wont to ride, was led, covered with tokens of mourning.  The services at the house and grave were conducted by Rev. Mr. Hyde of St....Congregational church.

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