Member of GAR post 219
Frank W. Bennett
Wellington Enterprise 25 Oct 1916 pg 4
Death of F. W. Bennett.
Wellington Enterprise 1 Nov 1916 pg 2
September 27, 1868, Frank Bennett was united in marriage to Ella Roys, formerly of Connecticut. To this union was born one son, Roys Charles.
In 1863 Mr. Bennett enlisted for six months service in Company C, Eighty-Third O.V.I., and was discharged February 10, 1864. February 1, 1865, he enlisted a second time in the One Hundred and Seventy-Sixth O.V.I. and was honorably discharged June 8, 1865. In the first company he served as corporal and during the last enlistment he was in the regimental band.
After the war he commenced the manufacture of cheese boxes, which industry he conducted until the formation of the Bennett Bros. Co. for the manufacture of brick machinery. This concern was later incorporated under the title of The Wellington Machine Co, the business of which, under his management, has grown from small proportions, to one of considerable magnitude. He was president of this company from the time of its formation up to the time of his death, a period of about forty years. He retired from active business eight years ago.
In the death of Mr. Bennett, Wellington lost one of its most prominent citizens. He took an active part in village affairs, serving several times on the Council and as President of the Board of Education. The latter position he resigned after eight years service. His interest in the public schools did not stop with his resignation, however, and it was with great pleasure he watched their progress and saw the adoption of modern methods and new branches. Out of respect for his memory, the schools were closed the afternoon of the funeral, and during the hours of services, all business in every line was likewise suspended; -this beautiful and unusual tribute demonstrating the esteem in which the deceased was held in this community.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his son, Roys C. of this town, one brother, Charles of Cleveland and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Kirk, who resides in California.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to express our most sincere thanks for the splendid tribute of respect paid the late Frank W. Bennett, by the closing of schools and complete suspension of business activity in Wellington, during the funeral service, conducted Wednesday afternoon. We thoroughly appreciate the sacrifice attending the public-spirited manner in which the suggestion was received and carried into effect, notwithstanding that he had retired from active business pursuits several years ago.