Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 895-896 transcribed by Benjamin Carpenter, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, May 7, 2001.

Frank M. Holcomb

Frank M. Holcomb FRANK M. HOLCOMB. - The personnel of the executive officials of Wyandotte county has none who is more efficient and popular than is Frank M. Holcomb, who is incumbent of the position of county clerk and who has given a most careful, systematic and effective administration of the manifold affairs of his important office.

Frank Mark Holcomb was born in the city of Bloomington, Illinois, on the 17th of June 1866, but in August of the same year his parents removed to Kansas, so that virtually his entire life thus far has been passed within the borders of the Sunflower state. He is a son of William Henry and Elizabeth (Dailey) Holcomb, the former of whom was born at Westport, Essex county, New York, of English lineage, and the latter of whom was born in Ireland, whence she came with her parents to America when a child. William H. Holcomb established his home in Wyandotte county, Kansas, in 1866, and he was one of the pioneer stock growers and dealers of the county. He here passed the residue of his life and he died in Kansas City at the age of fifty-five years. He served one term as sheriff of the county and was a man who was held in high esteem in the community. He was a Democrat in his political proclivities and as a citizen was loyal and public spirited. His widow still maintains her home in Kansas City and is held in affectionate regard by all who have come within the sphere of her influence. She is a devout communicant of the Catholic church, and in its faith she carefully reared her four sons, of whom the second in order of birth was the present county clerk of Wyandotte county.

Frank M. Holcomb was an infant at the time when the family home was established in Wyandotte county and he was reared to maturity in Kansas City, in whose public and parochial schools he secured his early educational discipline. For fifteen years he was employed in the local offices of the Armour Packing & Provision Company, and thereafter he followed various lines of occupation until 1899, when he was elected county clerk, an office of which he has since continued in tenure, through successive re-elections that have indicated alike his efficiency and his personal popularity in the county that has ever represented his home. He is a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party and has given efficient service in its local ranks. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church and are active in the various departments of its work.

In the year 1894, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Holcomb to Miss Mary Burgard, who was born and reared in Kansas City, Kansas, and the five children of their union are: Louis, Marie, Ruth, Seraphine and Frank, all at home.

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