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Frank V. Dean (1881-1913) OBITUARY - Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI & Cadillac, Wexford Co., MI

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Frank V. Dean (1881-1913) OBITUARY - Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI & Cadillac, Wexford Co., MI

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 5:18AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: DEAN, VANDERSTOLP, WYMAN

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

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