Bio: Cressy, David Franklin "Frank" (1849 - 1905)

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Surnames: Stevens,


----Source: Spencer Advance, 27 Jan 1881, pg. 1, Federal Census Records


Spencer Advance, Spencer, Wisconsin (27 Jan. 1881 - 14 Jul 1881), Elias W. Stevens, publisher; Elbert E. Stevens, Local Editor.


FRANK CRESSY came near being the victim of an unprofitable joke a few days since.  A runner for some commercial house went to the depot to take the train, and just as the train steamed up to the station discovered that he had left his valise of samples at Gardner's store.  He requested Frank to get the valise before the train left, if possible, and to do so he ran his horse to the store and back, when the runner seized his valise with the cheering remark, "You are a Christian."  that was good enough in itself, but Frank couldn't ace how it would pay for hay and oats, so he followed his man into the car and requested something more tangible in the shape of a quarter.  After hastily searching his pockets the traveler handed out sixteen cents, and train moved on.  the same man was on the train next day, and having collected his thoughts handed Mr. Cressy another dime, which left him one cent ahead.  Of course it was an oversight caused by the prospect of missing the train, though quite a joke on both of them; but peace reigns once more.


FRANK ran an express and dray service which he called the "Knickerbocker Transfer Line" out of an office in his wagon.  He ran an advertisement September 22, 1882 in the Spencer paper which read: Baggage and freight transferred in scientific principles.  All train met - orders filled on Sundays.  Only line in city that gets there by day.  He also said,  "Cash down - no grumbling." Another advertisement read: I am prepared to draw anything from a prize tottery to a carload of coal.  Anyone having any draying to do will do well to call on me.  Business attended to promptly.  He sold the business in 1883 to Emery Urich.



Frank Cressy's 1882 Advertisement, Spencer Tribune



Obit: Cressy, Frank David (1849 - 1905)


----Source: Marshfield Times, The | Marshfield, Wisconsin | Friday, February 24, 1905 | Page 12


Spencer, Wis. News


News was received Sunday that Frank Cressy had died at Phoenix, Ariz., of hemorrhage of the lungs, and that his body would be sent back here for interment. He bad consumption and went west in December thinking he would be benefited by the change. Friends of his here received letters from him last week and the news of his death was quite a shock to them.


Follow-on in the Spencer Township section:


Sunday last Frank Cressy, an aged citizen of this town departed this life at his home. The funeral was a beautiful testimony of the love and esteem in which he was held, in the community which has been so many years his home.


Wisconsin Marriage Record


Groom's Name: D Franklin Cressy
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Bride's Name: Mary A. Johnson
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Marriage Date: 23 Feb 1879
Marriage Place: Marathon, Wisconsin
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Bride's Father's Name: Jacob Knutson
Bride's Mother's Name: Maggie Knutson
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1880 Federal Census, Spencer, Marathon, Wisconsin


Frank Cressy
Birthdate: 1849
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Relationship to Head: Self
Spouse's Name: Mary Cressy
Spouse's Birthplace: Denmark
Father's Birthplace: Maine, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Maine, United States
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 31 years
Occupation: Farmer
Head: Frank Cressy M 31
Spouse: Mary Cressy F 25 (1855), b. Denmark, keeping house, parents b. Denmark


1880 Federal Census,  Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin


Head: Jacob Knudsen (Father of Mary A.)
Birthdate: 1806
Birthplace: Denmark
Spouse's Name: Margarette Knudsen
Spouse's Birthplace: Denmark
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Denmark
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Denmark
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Male
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 74 years
Occupation: Laborer
Jacob Knudsen M 74 yrs.
Wife: Margarette Knudsen F (1817) 63 yrs.

1900 Federal Census, Spencer town, Marathon, Wisconsin


David Franklin Cressy
Residence: Spencer town, Marathon, Wisconsin
Birth Date: Feb 1846
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relationship to Head-of-Household: Self
Father Birthplace: Unknown
Mother Name:
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Mother Birthplace: Maine
Race or Color (expanded): White
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Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed


Arizona Death Record


Name: Frank Cressey
Death Date: 21 Feb 1905
Death Place: Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Gender: Female
Race: American
Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: 1850
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Marital Status: Single
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Street Address: West Jefferson
Place of Residence:
Burial Place: Spencer, Wis.
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