Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frank J. Seitz

Frank J. Seitz was a merchant tailor in Sandusky, in business with his father William Seitz, and his brother Will. He was also a director of the Third National Exchange Bank, and was active in many community organizations.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 20, 1927, Frank Seitz was on his way to a boxing match at Rye Beach, riding along with Moe Frohman and Freeland Smith, in John Klee's vehicle. At 8:40 p.m. the Klee automobile, a Studebaker sedan, was in an accident on Cleveland Road, at the embankment of Sawmill Creek. The Studebaker failed to make the bend in the road, and left the highway, landing against the east bank of Sawmill Creek. Frank J. Seitz died at the scene of the accident, having suffered severe head injuries. The three other men were hurt, but not seriously. Mrs. Seitz, the former Anne Hess, was on a tour of Europe at the time of her husband's death. She made her way home, after receiving news of the accident by a wireless message.

Funeral services for Frank J. Seitz were held at the Masonic Temple, following a viewing of the body at the Seitz residence of Jefferson Street. Hundreds of area residents paid their respects. A private burial service was held for the family. Frank J. Seitz is buried in Oakland Cemetery. There are five separate newspaper articles which reported on the death of Frank Seitz. They are filed in the 1927 "Obituary Notebook" located at the Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library.

Today the Sawmill Creek Resort is a hotel and banquet facility located not far from the scene of the 1927 accident which claimed the life of Mr. Seitz.

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