Frank Wesley Cronn (1868-1930)

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Frank Wesley Cronn
Cronn, Frank, Mae & Eunice.jpg
Mae, Eunice & Frank Cronn
Born: 11 Jul 1868 Wisconsin
Died: 12 Jul 1930 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Solomon S. Cronn
Mother: Catherine Cassidy
Siblings: Frank Wesley Cronn
Spouse: (1) Mary E. Hush
Children: Solomon S. Cronn
Edna Pauline Cronn
Baby Boy Cronn
Spouse: (2) May Belle Williams
Married: 25 May 1902 Friendship Twp., Michigan
Children: Eunice Katherine Cronn
Baby Boy Cronn


Petoskey Evening News, Monday, July 14, 1930:

Accident Occurs at Bend in River
Near Sheridan Street Bridge.
Funeral to Be Held Tuesday.

The first drowning of the fishing season in Petoskey and one of the few drownings ever to happen in Bear river, occured late Saturday afternoon when Mr. Williams, of Flint, gave his life in a vain attempt to save Mr. Cronn, Jennings avenue. Both bodies were recovered. Mr. Williams and his wife and five children had arrived in Petoskey Friday on a week’s visit at the Cronn home. Mr. Williams and Mr. Cronn planned to pass the time fishing. They had just gone to the stream and Mr. Cronn was fishing from a boat in about 18 feet of water. Mr. Williams was fishing on shore. Mr. Cronn fell into the water from his boat and his cry for help spurred Mr. Williams to action. He seized a plank and attempted to reach the drowning man but failed. Both sank.

Physicians believe that Mr. Cronn’s death may have been caused by heart failure, the sixty-two-year-old fisherman having been under treatment for heart disease for some time. His body quickly came to the surface and floated near shore where it was taken from the water. Search for Mr. Williams’ body continued for hours and it was located not far distant from the scene of the accident. Members of the Petoskey telephone crew and city fire department worked over the body of Mr. Cronn for some time, but failed to revive the spark of life. Mr. Williams’ body was in the water several hours before being found.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams and family formerly resided at Harbor Springs, but ten years ago they moved to Flint where Mr. Williams for many years had been employed at the Buick plant. Their home there was at the corner of Coldwater and Brayrose srtreets. Surviving besides the wife and children are two brothers, Harry Williams and Earl Williams, of Harbor Springs, and the Sister, Mrs. Cronn of Petoskey. He was a member of the Harbor Springs lodge of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Cronn is survived by his wife and three children. He was sixty-two years of age on July 11. A veteran of the Spanish-American War campaign in the Philippines with Captain McCabe and his regiment, Mr. Cronn maintained his membership in McCabe Camp, U.S.W.V. He served in Company Two, 30th Regiment. Besides his wife he leaves three children, Mrs. Leslie Dorrance, of Mackinaw City; Sol S. Cronn, of Petoskey and Mrs. Lewis Snyder, of Mancelona; and two sisters, Miss Cora Cronn, of Petoskey; Mrs. Walter Reeder, Everett, Washingt, and one brother, Lee Cronn, of Salem, Oregon.

A double funeral service will be held tomorrow forenoon at 10 from the Stone Funeral Home, with Rev. H. A. Baines, of the Pentecostal church, in charge, assisted by Rev. O. A. DeGroat pastor of the Mennonite church. The body of Mr. Williams will be taken to Mt. Morris, near Flint, for burial, while that of Mr. Cronn will be buried in Greenwood cemetery, with McCabe Camp, United Spanish War Veterans, in charge of the service at the cemetery.

--U.S.W.V. and Auxiliary, members of McCabe Camp No. 42 and Auxilary meet in front of the Public Library Tuesday morning at 9:30 to attend the funeral of Comrade Frank Cronn which will be held at Stone’s chapel at 10 o’clock.

Petoskey Evening News, Wednesday, July 16, 1930:

Persons at Mackinaw were shocked to hear of the death by drowning of Frank Cronn, who moved from here to Petoskey a few years ago.

--The funeral of Frank Cronn and Harold C. Williams, who died last Saturday in a boat accident on Bear River, was held yesterday. The American Legion supplied the firing squad for the service at Greenwood cemetery for Frank Cronn, a veteran of the Spanish American war. MrCabe Camp, U.S.W.V., conducted the service at the cemetery. The body of Mr. Williams is to be buried at Mt. Morris, Michigan, the funeral party leaving last night for that place. Rev. H. A. Baines had charge of the service.


  • Marriage: Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925:
Groom's Name: Frank W Crona
Groom's Age: 32 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1870
Groom's Birthplace: Wisconsin
Groom's Father: Solomon
Groom's Mother: Kate Cassedy
Bride's Name: Mary B Williams
Bride's Age: 16 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1886
Bride's Birthplace: New York
Bride's Father: Not Known
Bride's Mother: Not Known
Marriage Date: 25 May 1902
Marriage Place: Friendship, Emmet, Michigan
Film Number: 2342521
Digital Folder Number: 4208661
Image Number: 426
Reference Number: p 669 rn 67
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
CRONN, Frank
Date of Death: 7/12/1930
Liber: 4
Folio: 44
Place of Death: Petoskey
  • Death: Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995:
Name: Frank Cronn
Gender: Male
Death Date: 12 Jul 1930
Death Place: Petoskey, Mich.
Age: 62
Birth Date: 1868
Birthplace: Wis.
Occupation: Collector Of Flowers
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Solomon S.L. Cronn
Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin
Mother's Name: Catherine Casey
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B51845-8
System Origin: Michigan-EASy Source
Film Number: 966505
Reference Number: cn 101
Cronn, Frank W.
Age: 62
Born: 7/11/1868
Died: 7/12/1930
Burial: 7/15/1930
Cemetery: Greenwood, Petoskey
Obituary: on file, PEN - 07/14/1930
Section: J
Block: 133
Lot: 8
Military: Spanish/Am - Mus Co A 30 US V Inf
Greenwood Cemetery