BRIDE BELIEVES HER HUSBAND IS DROWNED
MRS. FRANK DEAN WITH SEARCHERS WHEN HAT AND PADDLES ARE FOUND IN LAKE
AUTO MAN WAS HUNTING
Cadillac, Mich., Oct. 24. - A bride of a month, MRS. FRANK DEAN, recently of Grand Rapids, believes today that she is a widow, as the result of a hunting accident in which her husband is thought to have upset in Long lake, near Massaukee Junction, and been drowned while paddling alone in a canvas canoe.
Mrs. Dean came into town at noon today with a party of searchers, headed by Carrol Miller of the Cadillac Auto company, after the search party had found Dean's cap and paddles floating in the middle of the lake. She is almost positive that her husband is dead, scouting all theories that he may have swam to shore after his boat tipped over.
DEAN CAME FROM GRAND RAPIDS.
Dean came here from Grand Rapids. His father is ED DEAN, a Pere Marquette brakeman, living at 307 State street, S.E., Grand Rapids. A month ago he married MISS LENA WYMAN, an orphan and a former resident of Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. The missing man is twenty-eight years old and is an expert mechanic in the Cadillac Auto company.
In company with Clyde Wilcox and Dave Chamberlain, Dean left Cadillac yesterday morning on a hunting expedition to Long lake.
SEEN LAST IN CANOE.
"I'm going out in the canvas canoe after ducks," said Dean, "and I'll meet you fellows at 11 o'clock." Wilcox and Chamberlain watched their friend start out on the lake in the canoe, and as they turned into the woods to hunt partridges and other small game they heard a shot. Through the trees and shrubs they saw Dean paddling his boat around a point.
When Dean failed to appear at the place set for meeting his friends, Chamberlain and Wilcox took up a search. They hunted fruitlessly all the afternoon and then notified several men in Cadillac. Four separate searching parties were organized.
THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Grand Rapids, Mich., Fri., Oct. 24, 1913, Pg. 20, Col. 3, Art. 1
FRANK DEAN’S BODY FOUND BY UNCLES
WITH CADILLAC CITIZENS THEY DRAGGED BOTTOM OF LONG LAKE
SEARCHED 3 DAYS AND NIGHTS
DEAD MAN WAS WELL KNOWN IN GRAND RAPIDS – BODY TO BE BROUGHT HERE TODAY.
Following a search of three and a half days and nights, entailing the services of the major part of the population of the city of Cadillac, and almost a score of relatives from Grand Rapids, the body of FRANK DEAN, superintendent of the CADILLAC AUTO GARAGE COMPANY, and formerly a resident and automobile mechanic of this city was caught on grappling hooks, dragged to the surface of Long lake, and will arrive in Grand Rapids late this morning. The body will be taken to the home of his parents, MR. and MRS. EDWARD B. DEAN, 307 State street, S.E., where the funeral services will be held later.
ANTHONY and JOHN VANDERSTOLP, uncles of the drowned man, arrived in Grand Rapids, last night after participating in the search.
“During three days and nights every method of recovering a drowned body known to the police and life saving authorities and several which we invented ourselves was used, and it was a devise of our own which brought the body to the surface.” said Mr. Vanderstolp last night.”
SEARCHED THROUGH NIGHT.
“The first day, directing our search by the location indicated by the position of his hat and paddle which had drifted ashore, we used the grappling hooks brought from Grand Rapids and Saginaw. When darkness overtook us the dragging proved fruitless, but was kept up all night. Meanwhile, large covered rafts with holes in the center were rigged by the workers on shore, and at dawn four of these had been constructed and strong cables were then strung across the lake at different points.”
“Dozens of men offered their services, and before 7 o’clock the rafts were slowly being drawn across the lake with at least four men on each one lying flat on their stomachs in the cold water with the waves breaking over them frequently. The system of the rafts, which is an old one formerly used by the Indians, enabled the men peering into the water through the opening in the center to see the bottom of the lake. This was a harrowing task, but the men struck to it until they simply had to give up.”
“At night, the rafts were dispensed with and we again turned to the grappling hooks. With the assistance of electric lights dropped into the water, we were able to see the bottom clearly, and the men stayed in the boat all through the night.”
“We had almost given up hope yesterday morning and several of the party intended returning to Grand Rapids on the noon train. However, at 11 o’clock the canvass canoe was first across.”
“John and myself, in separate boats, accompanied by two Cadillac boys, secured the body. Between our boats on a cable 50 feet long, were placed the hooks and with this invention we dragged where we thought the body was all Monday morning.”
MRS. LENA DEAN, a bride of but a month, was at the lake early Friday morning, but the dragging party refused to work in her presence.
Frank Dean was well known in Grand Rapids and had been in the automobile business here almost since its infancy as an industry. He began his career with Charles J. Bronson, then proprietor of a bicycle shop under the Pantlind hotel. He stayed with Mr. Bronson until his advent in the automobile business on Bond avenue. Later, he and his brother, CHARLES DEAN, operated the DEAN BROTHERS’ GARAGE on Ionia avenue, where the Central Auto company is now located. Following the dissolution of this firm, he went in business for himself in the rear of the Gunn residence on Jefferson avenue, S.E.
About a year ago he went to Cadillac to accept the superintendency of the Cadillac Auto garage, and three weeks ago last Wednesday returned to the home of his parents here, where he and MISS LENA WYMAN were married. Their wedding trip had ended but a few days before his death.
GRAND RAPIDS HERALD, Grand Rapids, Mich., Tues., Oct. 28, 1913, Pg. 2, Cols. 3-4
NOTE: Frank V. Dean is buried in Martin Cemetery in Grand Rapids Twp., Kent Co., Michigan.