Recent correspondence re-opened the investigation on Frank Pease and the search for his parents:
Frank Chester or Frank Clymer Pease; b. Sep 22, 1879 or 1881 in Boston, MA or NYC; d. Jan 12, 1959 in Dade Co, FL; bur. with his wife in Arlington National Cemetery (PFC Hospital Corps); m. (1) Dec 13, 1907 in Chicago, IL by M.M. Mangasarian, leader of the Independent Religious Society to Belle de Mille Norris age 26. When their daughter Elizabeth was born in Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Belle Norris Pease; b. in Grand Rapids, WI was living at 5408 Drexel Avenue in Chicago. Frank Chester Pease was listed as a student. When she died, they were living at 376 LaSalle, Avenue in Chicago and Belle’s birth place was listed as Wisconsin. There was a Belle D. Norris; b. Jan 1881 in Wisconsin. She was the daughter of John L. Norris; b. Dec 1845 in England and Elizabeth A. ___; b. Jun 1844 in Canada. During the 1900 census the Norris family was living in Peterson, Clay County, Iowa. In 1910 Belle Pease was a married lodger living in the Orville W. Eason household on LaSalle Avenue in the 21st Ward of Chicago, Cook County, IL. She was working as a traveling saleswoman and credited with being the mother of two children, one living. One child of Frank Chester and Belle de Mille (Norris) Pease born in Chicago, IL:
Elizabeth Norris b. Jan 08, 1909 d. Jun 28, 1909 Chicago, IL
Frank m. (2) Mabelle Abbie Rose Abbott; b. Mar 25, 1883 in Boston, MA; d. Apr 05, 1966 in Broward County, FL. She was the possible daughter of Charles H. Abbott; b. Jan 1848 in England and Rosina Gazely; b. May 1861 in England. The first historical record found on Frank C. Pease was when he enlisted with the US Army Regiment H. C. [Hospital Corps] Apr 30, 1902 in Kansas City, MO. He was 21 years old, a draughtsman born in Boston, MA He had blue eyes, dark brown hair, a medium fair complexion, and was 5’ 8 ½” tall. He was discharged Apr 29, 1905 at Cotabato, Philippines with remarks “Exp, sew, Pvt, Excellent,”. On Apr 30, 1905 Frank C. Pease enlisted with the US Army Hospital Corps at Cotabato. He stated that he was 24 years old, born in Boston, MA, had blue eyes, dark brown hair, a fair complexion andwas 5’ 9” tall. He was discharged Nov 13, 1905 at Presidio, CA for disability with remarks “Cl. Pvt, Excellent”.The Jan 18, 1907 edition of the San Jose California Mercury News stated that Frank Chester Pease of 535 Hobart Avenue, Oakland, California will tour the world in the spring, clothed in the uniform of a private soldier. He will visit the great military camps of England, the Continent and Africa for the purpose of studying the personnel of the enlisted forces of foreign armies with a view to effecting reforms in our own military institutions. Frank Chester Pease wrote The Revolution and the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World, Australian Administration around 1911. A list of short stories produced the title “Rolling Stone” written Oct 1913 under the heading The Forum by Frank Chester Pease. In Sep 1918 Frank filed his WWI draft registration card when he and Mabelle were living in Fort Worden Point, Townshend, WA and he working as a field director for the Red Cross. No birth year was listed on the card, but his age in 1918 was listed as 37. At that time he was described as having a medium height and build, blue eyes, brown hair and had one leg lost. During the 1920 census Frank and Mabelle were living on 37 South West Street in Seattle, King County, WA where he was employed as a journalist for a magazine. Both of their birth places were listed as Massachusetts and his parents’ as England. A list of short stories produced the title “Goof” written Dec 1922 under the heading Smart Set by Frank Chester Pease. Frank’s Disabled Volunteer Soldier record of 1927 in Dayton, OH stated that he enlisted Apr 09, 1905 as a private first class in Mindans P.I. (spelling??) into the US Army hospital corps and was discharged on a disability Nov 13, 1905 in San Francisco, CA. His disabilities included amputation of the right leg, chronic bronchitis and hemorrhoids. His record also stated that he was born in NYC, was 44 years old, stood 5’ 6” tall, and had blue eyes and brown hair. He was married, a Protestant, worked as a newspaperman and was discharged Aug 11, 1927 in Hollywood, CA to a residential address, the Hotel Mark Twain in Hollywood. In 1930 Frank and Mabelle were on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA and he was a writer for motion pictures. In this census record, his birth place and his parents’ was listed as New York. Major Frank Pease became president of the Hollywood Technical Director’s Institute. He was an anti-communist and was responsible forParamount Studios nulling a contract in Oct 1930 with Soviet Russian film director Sergei Mikhailovich Eisentein. The Fish Committee was a predecessor to the House UnAmerican Activities Council and Pease was the main instigator into the investigation of Eisentein for contaminating American cinema with Communist propaganda. On Feb 11, 1934 the USS Black Gull that sailed from Antwerp, Belgium Jan 31st arrived at the Port of New York. The manifest included Frank Clymer Pease age 51; b. Sep 22, 1882 in New York City and Mabel Foster Pease age 44; b. Mar 27, 1889 in Boston, MA. The 1945 Florida state census lists Major Frank Pease age 67; b. in Massachusetts and Mabelle F. A. Pease age 62; b. in Massachusetts living in Precinct 88 of Dade County. He was retired and she was a writer. Both had four years of college education. Frank’s burial record has a birth date of Sep 22, 1879.
Rick in Taunton, MA