Frank A. Bonebright[1]

Male 1868 - 1934  (65 years)


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  • Name Frank A. Bonebright 
    Born 16 Apr 1868  Probably Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1870  Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1880  Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1885  Iowa State Census, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Camp Life 1898  Summer - Chickamauga Park with the Fifty-second Iowa Regement of Volunteers - Corporal Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1900  Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Marksman 1900  Iowa Rifle Marksman Championship (200 yards) - also other medals for good marksmanship Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 1910  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1920  Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census 1930  Webster City, 2nd Ward, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gift to City 1933  Harriet Bonebright Closz Carmichael and Frank A. Bonebright offer a gift of land and log cabin for Wilson Brewer Park in Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Death Notice 5 Mar 1934  In one of the Webster City, Iowa, newspapers. Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Enlisted Spanish American War Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Member Iowa National Guard - 10 years Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    National Guard Second Lieutenant of Company C, of Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Died 5 Mar 1934  Webster City, Hamilton County, Boone Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Obituary 6 Mar 1934  Probably the Webster City Daily Freeman Tribune, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Obituary Jul 1934  Annals of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Buried Bonebright Burial Mound, Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20, 21
    The Plaque on the Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa
    The Plaque on the Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa
    Here are buried: Wilson Brewer (1804-1856); his wife, Margaret Moore Brewer (1818-1896); His Son-in-Law, Thomas Bonebright (1836-1921); His daughter, Sarah Brewer Bonebright (1836-1930); His Grandson, Frank Bonebright (1868-1934); Frank's wife, Kathryn Poe Bonebright (1873-1939); Granddaughter, Harriet Bonebright Carmichael (1861-1940)
    Find A Grave Memorial ID 104653286.
    Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, IA.
    Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, IA.
    Burial Site for Wilson Brewer (1904-1856); his wife, Margaret Moore Brewer (1818-1896); Son-in-Law, Thomas Bonebright (1836-1921); Sarah B. Bonebright, daughter (1837-1930); Frank A. Bonebright, grandson (1968-1934); Kathryn Poe Bonebright, Frank's wife (1874-1939); Harriet B. Carmichael, granddaughter (1861-1940)
    Person ID I980  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2016 

    Father Thomas B. Bonebright,   b. 29 Sep 1836, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1921, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Sarah Jane Brewer,   b. 27 Aug 1837, Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1930, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Marriage License 1 May 1858  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Married 3 May 1858  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    Notes 
    • Other sources indicate that the marriage took place on May 02, 1858. The marriage record in Hamilton County Records state that the marriage took place on May 03, 1858. That date is used in this compilation. [DLL; TBB 08, SJB 08.]

    Family ID F409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Poe,   b. 1874, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1939, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1905  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Family ID F416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    •        In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Frank A. Bonebright is a two year old, white male. His parents were born in Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively (Thomas and Sarah). He, Frank, was born in Iowa. He lives with three siblings: George W., Harriet M., and Wallace Bonebright. [TBB 02.]
             In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Frank is an 11 year old, white male, the son of Thomas B. and Sara J. Brewer Bonebright, who were born in Pennsylvania and Indiana respectively. Frank was born in Iowa. He is at school. [TBB 05.]
             In the 1885 Iowa State Census, Frank is a 15 year old, white, single male. He is living with his parents who were born in Pennsylvania (father) and Indiana (mother) in Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. He is also living with a sister, Ella B. [TBB 12.]
             In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Frank is a 32 year old, white, single male, living with his parents, Thomas and Sarah. He, Frank, was born in Iowa in April. of 1868; his parents were born in Pennsylvania (father) and Indiana (mother) respectively. It appears he is a livery clerk. He speaks, reads, and writes English. [TBB 06.]
             In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Frank is a 35 year old, white, married male. He has been married for five years to Kathryn L. (Poe). He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Pennsylvania (father) and Indiana (mother). He speaks, reads, and writes English. His occupation is that of a farmer, who owns his own farm; his farm is mortgaged; he works on his own account.
             In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Frank is a 50+ year old, white male who is renting his home in the same household as Thomas B. Bonebright (222 Ohio St., Webster City, Iowa). He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Pennsylvania (father) and Indiana (mother) respectively. He reads, writes, and speaks English. His profession is that of farmer. He is married to Cathryn L. Poe. [TBB 07; FAB 01.]
             In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Frank A. Bonebright is living at 222 Ohio Street, 2nd Ward, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. He is living with his wife, Kathryn L. (Poe) Bonebright. They own a radio and their home. He indicates he lives on a farm, but actually, the home is in Webster City itself. Frank is a 60 year old, white, married male. He was first married at 31. He has not attended school since September 01, 1929. He speaks, reads, and writes English. He was born in Iowa of parents who were born in Indiana (mother) and Illinois - actually Pennsylvania - (father). He is a dairy farmer who was actually at work. He is also a veteran of the U.S. military during the Spanish-American War. [FAB 09.]
             DESCENDANTS OF PIONEER MAKE OFFER [FAB 08.]
      Mrs. Harriet Carmichael and F. A. Bonebright Offer Tract
             FOUNDED THIS CITY
             Would Have Cabin Known as the F. A. Bonebright Museum
             From a newspaper article, probably the Daily Freeman Journal, the article reads:
             "Mrs. Harriet Bonebright Carmichael and Frank A. Bonebright, her brother, descendants of the founder of Webster City, Wilson Brewer, last night at the meeting of the city council, offered the city a substantial portion of the homestead in the south part of the city to be used as a memorial park.
             The generous offer carried various stipulations which will be discussed by the grantors, members of the park commission and the city council at the next council meeting Jan. 16.
             Settled Here in 1853
             It was in 1853 that Wilson Brewer took out homestead papers when he and his family settled where Mr. and Mrs. Bonebright now live and what was then known as Newcastle.
             It is the wish of the grantors to create a perpetual memorial of the first settlement and founding of what is now Webster City and would have the city accept the property subject to the life use of the grantors -- Mr. and Mrs. Bonebright and Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael.
             The grantors set forth that the site be called the Wilson Brewer park" upon which is the log cabin erected by Mr. Bonebright and housing many relics of pioneer days. The cabin with its content would be known as the " F. A. Bonebright museum."
             It was specified that a site should be agreed upon for a cemetery to be known as "Burial Mound" and should be dedicated as a cemetery for Wilson Brewer and family and the grantors and a suitable tablet or monument be erected.
             Would Maintain Park.
             If accepted, the city must care for and maintain the place and the grantors express willingness to cooperate on any improvements and the like. Another condition is that if the city should accept the gift and should hire a caretaker, a lineal descendant of Wilson Brewer must be given preference if he should seek the position.
             The grantors desire that the log cabin shall be preserved in its present state by the city but the right is given to alter other buildings as may be necessary."
             From a newspaper article, probably the Daily Freeman Journal, "We Have With Us This Evening," the following:
             We have with us this evening, ladies and gentlemen of the newspaper audience, an old timer--a citizen who has lived in Webster City for 65 years. As a matter of fact, he was born right here a way back in the year 1868 when Webster City was pretty much of an isolated hamlet and its residents still composed largely of pioneers who had come out into this wild west to seek new lands and to build up Uncle Sam's rapidly moving western frontier. The gentleman to whom we refer is Frank A Bonebright, who tomorrow will celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday.
             Frank A. Bonebright was a donator, along with his sister, Harriet Bonebright, of the land that ultimately became the Bonebright Museum Complex and Brewer Park in Webster City, Iowa. (See brochure [FAB 02] and plans for the park [FAB 03]). These items are placed here with Frank A. Bonebright although they were not finished at the time of his death, yet they do honor the legacy that he deserved for his work to honor both the Bonebright and Brewer families.
             There is more of the story in the Obituary below:
             A death notice was published on March 05, 1934. It stated:
             "F. A. Bonebright, 65, who had been ill at his home for the past year, died at 2 o'clock this afternoon at his home at 202 Ohio Street.
             He had lived in this community all his life and for some years had been official weather and crop reporter for Hamilton County. His interest lay largely in local pioneer history, which culminated two years ago when a substantial portion of the old Bonebright homestead was given the city as a memorial park.
             Details of his death, funeral announcements, etc. will be given tomorrow. Foster's in charge. [FAB 04.]
             From the Obituary [FAB 05] is quoted the following:
             "Born in a Pioneer Cabin"
             There is probably no one living who took a more lively interest in the pioneer history of this community than Mr. Bonebright. His grandfather, Wilson Brewer, came her in 1848 [1850] and erected on the site of the present hospitable Bonebright home the first hewed log cabin built in what was then a wild and unsettled country.
             And it was in this same pioneer cabin that Frank first saw the light of day April 16, 1868. Shortly after this cabin had been erected Wilson Brewer, its builder, founded Webster City. It is a far cry from that little band of pioneers in the early fifties to Webster City of the present day. Yet it is represented in the lives of men by less than three generations.
             Franks regard for the early settlers and his deep interest in pioneer history, tangibly shown in the large pioneer museum he had collected, were among the outstanding characteristics of his life. Reared in a pioneer atmosphere, he never forgot the trials of those first settlers, their simple modes of life, their rugged individuality, their struggles for a livelihood, their honest poverty of material things, but their abundance of pleasures, unknown today, given them by Old Mother Nature and hard and constant daily toil.
      Reconstructs Cabin.
             He was full of the lore of those early men and women who, with all their belongings in a prairie schooner, traveled with ox teams from their homes in the east to this trackless prairie - people who came west to get land of their own whereon to erect homes and rear their families and who laid the foundations of what is now recognized as the farming belt of the world, the food producing center of America.
             All this was ingrained in Frank - a part of his very nature. And so it was but natural that a few years ago he began to look about for parts of the old Brewer log cabin. On the Froning farm he found a part of it and on the old Kamrar farm south of the city he found parts of another cabin. He bought them both and re-erected in his yard an original log cabin from the two - containing parts of the first log cabin ever erected on what is now the site of Webster City.
      Then he began his collection of pioneer tools, household goods and other things reminiscent of the pioneer. Into this cabin he had gathered as fine a collection as can be found anywhere in the state outside a state-supported museum. People come from miles around to visit it.
             Memorial for City
             In January, 1932, Mr. Bonebright and his sister, Mrs. Harriet M. Carmichael, gave to the city a substantial portion of the old Bonebright homestead containing the log cabin and the complete museum collection. It was the wish of the grantors to create a perpetual memorial of the first settlement of his city. The gift, subject to a life lease of the grantors, was later formally accepted by the city.
             His flare for museum collections went further back, too, than the white pioneers. Down on the Des Moines river he uncovered a cache containing an outstanding collection of Indian arrow heads, stone spears, stone hide scrapers and similar articles. Apparently they had been cached by one Indian or a small group of Indians and for some reason never retrieved by them. This collection he added to that in the log cabin.
             In the Annals of Iowa, 19 (1934): np. [FAB 10], the following obituary was printed:
             "FRANK A. BONEBRIGHT was born in Webster City, Iowa, April 16, 1868, and died in the city of his birth March 5, 1934. His parents were Thomas Blackwell Bonebright and Sara Jane (Brewer) Bonebright, honored pioneer residents of Webster City, the father, a member of the Sprit Lake Relief Expedition in 1857, the mother a daughter of Wilson Brewer, founder and promoter of the town of Newcastle, now Webster City. Frank obtained a common school education and during his earlier manhood followed farming. Later he was in the employ of Webster City and became an excellent electrician. For the ten years previous to his death he was official weather and crop reporter for Hamilton County. During the last several years of his life he devoted much of his time to acquiring a collection of articles illustrative of the pioneer times in his locality. He secured the remains of the old log cabin in which he was born and re-erected it in his own back yard, and assembled there the results of his years of collections of tools, household goods, contrivances of pioneers, and local prehistoric specimens. In January, 1832, he and his sister Harriet M. Carmichael, gave to Webster City a substantial portion of the old Bonebright homestead containing the log cabin and the collected museum." [FAB 10.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3181] Sara J. Brewer (Bonebright), undocumented obituary, probably the Webster City Freeman-Journal, week of Mary 27, 1930. [SJB 02.].

    2. [S3182] Thomas B. Bonebright household, 1870 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, town of Webster City, sheet 262, dwelling104, family 106,; National archives micropublication M593, roll 394. [TBB 02.] See also, Frank A. Bonebright, 15 April 1933, "We Have With Us this Evening, Daily Freeman Journal, Webste City, Iowa [FAB 07.] From the latter, a birthdate has been calculated.

    3. [S3184] Thomas B. Bonebright household, 1870 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, town of Webster City, sheet 262, dwelling104, family 106,; National archives micropublication M593, roll 394. [TBB 02.].

    4. [S3185] Thomas B. Bonebright household, 1880 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Boone Township, Webster City, page 213A, dwelling 115, family 117; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 342. [TBB 05.].

    5. [S3186] Thomas Bonebright household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Hamilton County, Webster City, 2nd Ward, Boone township, page 128, line 11, dwelling 113, family 128; Family History film 1021473, volume 193. [TBB 12.].

    6. [S3196] "Wilson Brewer, " The Biographical Record of Hamilton County, Iowa. New York: S.J. Clarke, 1902, pp. 619-23. [WB 27.].

    7. [S3187] Thomas B. Bonebright household, 1900 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, ED100, SD 10, 40A, dwelling 115, family 18; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 435. [TBB 06.].

    8. [S3198] "Wilson Brewer, " The Biographical Record of Hamilton County, Iowa. New York: S.J. Clarke, 1902, pp. 619-23. [WB 27.].

    9. [S3188] Frank A. Bonebright household, 1910 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, ED 110, SD 10, sheet 10B, dwelling 207, family 213; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 404, page 35B. [FAB 06.].

    10. [S3189] Thomas B. Bonebright household, 1920 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Webster City, 2nd Ward, Boone township, ED 123, SD 10, sheet 8B, dwelling 196, family 212; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 491, page 111. [TBB 07.].

    11. [S3190] Frank A. Bonebright household, Hamilton County, Iowa, Boone Township, Webster City, 2nd Ward, ED40-4, SD 5, sheet 9B, dwelling 203, family 224; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 657, image 204. [FAB 09.].

    12. [S3199] Frank A. Bonebright (and Harriet Bonebright Closz Carmichael), "Descendants of Pioneer Make Offer," [probably] Daily Freeman Journal, January 1933, Webster City, Iowa. [FAB 08.].

    13. [S3191] Frank A. Bonebright, undated, un-sourced notice of the death of Frank A. Bonebright, "Bonebright, 65, is Dead." [FAB 04.] By permission of Steele, Mildred R. The Romedahl Family History, Volume 3. Pella, IA: Mildred Romedahl Steele, 1998; p. 179.

    14. [S3195] "Wilson Brewer, " The Biographical Record of Hamilton County, Iowa. New York: S.J. Clarke, 1902, pp. 619-23. [WB 27.].

    15. [S3194] "Wilson Brewer, " The Biographical Record of Hamilton County, Iowa. New York: S.J. Clarke, 1902, pp. 619-23. [WB 27.].

    16. [S3197] "Wilson Brewer, " The Biographical Record of Hamilton County, Iowa. New York: S.J. Clarke, 1902, pp. 619-23. [WB 27.].

    17. [S3183] Frank Adel Bonebright, grave registration, adjutant General's Office, Graves Registration Division, Spanish American War, n.d., Des Moines, Iowa. [FAB 01.] By permission of Steele, Mildred R. The Romedahl Family History, Volume 3. Pella, IA: Mildred Romedahl Steele, 1998; p. 184.

    18. [S3192] "Funeral of Bonebright," Eulogy by Lund, undated, un-sourced obituary for Frank A. Bonebright in a newspaper of Webster City, Iowa. With permission of Steele, Mildred. (1998). The Romedahl Family History, Volume 3. Pella, IA: The compiler, p. 182. [FAB 05.].

    19. [S3193] "Frank Bonebright obit., 1934, IA. Annals of Iowa 19 (July 1934): np. [FAB 10.].

    20. [S3200] Harriet M. Bonebright (Closz, Carmichael). Bonebright Burial Mound, December 19, 1932, Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. [HB 05.].

    21. [S8654] Ancestry.com U. S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database online]. Provo, UT Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

    22. [S7446] Thomas B. Bonebright & Sara J. Brewer, Hamilton County Marriage Book, Page 5, Webster City, Iowa, 1858. [SJB 08 & TBB 08.].

    23. [S7445] Sara J. Brewer (Bonebright), undocumented obituary, probably the Webster City Freeman-Journal, week of Mary 27, 1930. [SJB 02.] See also W. H. Cummingham, clerk's certificate as to marriage record, Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa, 08 February 1928. [SJB 04.] See also, Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. (2000). Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com. [SJB 06.] However, Hamilton County Records indicate May 03, 1858 as the date of marriage. [TBB 08 & SJB 08.].

    24. [S7454] "Dies after long illness," (Katherine Poe Bonebright), undocumented, unsourced obituary, 1939, by permission of Steele, Mildred. (1998). The Romedahl Family History, Volume 3. Pella, IA: The compiler, p. 179. [KPoe 01.].


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