Note: BIRTH:Registered while Patrick was in Chelsea, MA VR Book 405 P. 307. Father Patrick, Mariner, b. NB; mother Catherine, b. Fall River, family living at 24 Poplar in Chelsea on Aug 23, 1890, but FTH b. Providence, RI. The family was living at 119 Richmond St. at the time of his birth and the church was Grace Church in Providence on 175 Mathewson St. Providence, RI. CHRISTENING:Providence, Grace Church, His sponsor was his sister Essie. Confirmation: 2 May 1915, Trinity Church, Tilton, NH. MARRIAGE:At home by the minister from All Saints Church at Westminster & Stewart Sts., Rev. Alcock. Remarried Laura E. Platt two years later in Cleveland, Ohio. DEATH: 2 April 1966 at 45 Lake Drive, Centerville, Cape Cod, MA. BURIAL:On Cape Cod near Centerville. His casket was draped in a US flag, courtesy of the United States Navy. They let us keep the flag.
In the 1900 Census Frank is with his mother, sisters, and stepfather, Matthew McIntyre. He attended Providence public schools, got a work permit ca. 1903. Around then he was living with Mary Jane Calvert He is again listed with his mother, sisters, and step-father in the 1905 state census. That has him as an errand boy for a jewelry shop and living at 30 Stewart St. He is listed in the 1910 city directory at 201 Carpenter St. In the 1913 Providence City Directory a Frank Haley is rooming at 68 Broadway, probably FTH. He is listed in the 1910 city directory at 201 Carpenter St. In the 1913 Providence City Directory a Frank Haley is rooming at 68 Broadway, probably FTH. As a young man Frank's favorite sport was canoe racing. He belonged to the Pawtuxet Canoe Club. Pawtuxet was a village in Cranston and Warwick at Pawtuxet Falls. There were lots of canoe clubs scattered all over Rhode Islands and weekends they had meets at which they competed with each other. Among the favorite locations were Omega Pond, east of Omega in East Providence (formerly Seekonk Cove west of Omega), and Valley Falls Pond. The latter is a widening of the Blackstone River at Valley Falls, north of Saylesville and east of Scott Pond. (Scott Pond is in Lincoln, south of Lonsdale and north of Saylesville). I have eight inscribed cups that Frank won in various canoe races. Tried to track down accounts of those races. Found one in the Providence Sunday Journal of 11 SEP 1910, page 8 re Novice Tandems. The reporter got his first initial wrong in that one. Another in the 22 SEP 1912 issue of the same paper covered the Class A Fours of that date. On this one the reporter got him mixed with another man in the Pawtuxet Canoe Club. However, Frank's name is inscribed on the cup. The earliest cup is dated 1910 (when Frank was 20) and the most recent 1916. The earliest was an R.I.C.R.A. RETATTA (Rhode Island Canoe Racing Assn0 held at Omega Pond on 10 SEP 1910. He and L. FLAGG won NOVICE TANDEMS. Next came the PRESIDENT'S TROPHY of the Pawtuxet Canoe Club in 1912, WON BY F.T.HALEY. Next came the Edgewood Yacht Club 3rd Anniversary Race of 1912 WON BY F.HALEY Then on 21 SEP 1912 the Rhode Island Canoe Racing Assn REGATTA at Omega Pond. The Class A Fours was won by F.T.Haley, C.H.Shippee, C.A.Domler, and W.L.E.FRENCH on that occasion. Then the ROYAL ORDER OF MOOSE, VALLEY FALLS LODGE 1875 held its 1st ANNUAL FIELD DAY (JULY 18, 1914 and frank was awarded third prize in the TAIL END RACE, whatever that was. Next, at the Rhode Island Canoe Racing Assn competition of July 4, 1916 he got a cup for "B.FOURS" which I think may have been Class B Fours. And at the same meet he won a second cup for TAIL END. His last cup is dated four days later - on July 8th 1916 and it was awarded for CANOE TILTING. In that event the competitors tried to knock each other out of their canoes using poles with padded ends aimed at their opponents Registered for the World War I draft on June 5, 1917, while living on High St. in Tilton, NH. Lists himself as a medical student (pre-med?) and teacher (phys. ed.) at Tilton Seminary. In 1917 he began college at Brown University, enrolling as a freshman, class of 1921. But World War I interrupted his education. Registered for the World War I draft on June 5, 1917, while living on High St. in Tilton, NH. Lists himself as a medical student (pre-med?) and teacher (phys. ed.) at Tilton Seminary. A notice in The Brown Herald, issue of Dec.18, 1917 reports that he had enlisted in the Naval Reserve. His service records show him appearing at the training station in Newport, RI on Dec. 14. 1917. He then went into active service on December 21, 1917. He remained at the training station until Oct. 12, 1918, then spent a couple of days on a receiving ship in Boston, MA before serving on the USS Kearsarge, a battleship. He was on the Kearsarge from Oct 14, 1918 to Nov. 11, 1918. Have a picture of the USS Kearsarge underway, circa the early 1900's. His longterm friend Joe Alexander served in the Navy with him. (NOTE: After the war Joe lived at 90 Pine St. in Swampscott, MA for a number of years. Joe's wife was named Elizabeth. The Alexanders had three children - Helen, about 5 years younger than I, Rita, about 7 years younger and Joey, Jr., about ten years younger. Helen became a nun. Later left her order, married Roger Pelletier and moved to Corpus Christi, TX) Frank remained on active service as a seaman 2d class until February 19, 1919. In the 1920 Providence Dity Directory he appears as a jeweler rooming at 111 Waverly. In the 1920 Census he is on Waverly St. with Henry W. Ihlefeld, his brother in law. He is doing Bench Work for a jewelry mfg co.(Vol.16, ED 257, sheet 6, line 65) He made the diamond ring I gave to Doug, bought the stone from a friend with a jewelry store. Remained in the Naval Reserve until Sept 30, 1921 at which point he received an honorable discharge as a Seaman 2 C. Received a state bonus from Rhode Island for serving during WW I. Notes from the "Cleveland Red Triangle" a YMCA newsletter summing up his career say that after Providence public schools he worked at the jewelry trade but lost interest in it and studied physical training under Prof. O.L.Hibbert of Boston and became a member of the Providence Turnverein. He was an excellent gymnast, his specialty being the parallel bars. He worked his way through Tilton Academy in Tilton, NH as a physical education instructor. Was captain of his class basketball team and on the racing crew of the Pawtexet Canoe Club. After being graduated from Tilton he stayed there two more years as assistant physical director under Dr. Montgomery and for another two years as physical director. He became a Mason, joining the Doric Lodge, Lodge 78, of Tilton, NH. The Draft Registrar characterized him as short, slender, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. He gave his occupation as "medical student and teacher" - the latter, no doubt, his work as an instructor there in physical education. Then he briefly attended Brown University, again working as student physical director. But his college education was interrupted by WWI and he enlisted in the Navy on December 14, 1917. (Navy Service No. 1702054) He went on active duty on December 21 of that year and continued on active duty until February 19, 1919 as Seaman 2C serving on the battleship USS Kearsarge until the armistice. He was stationed at the naval base at Newport, RI, and as of March 21, 1918 was living at 64 Second St. He owned a motorcycle at that point but sold it when he left Newport. After the armistice he returned to Tilton, taking a furlough from there to Providence via a pass he obtained in Boston on March 1, 1919 for travel from Tilton to Providence. He remained in the US Naval Reserve until Sept. 30, 1921 and received an honorable discharge on that date. He worked for the George Cahoone Jewelry Co. in Providence.
He went to Cleveland as Physical Director of the Broadway branch of the YMCA on May 12, 1921. His initial address was 1719 East 79th St, Suite 4B, Cleveland. In May 1922 he and Helene were living at 1559 Crawford in Cleveland, OH when I (RIH) was born. I was baptized in a nearby Presbyterian church. Uncle Bill attended. Became Assistant Physical Director and then the Physical Director of the Cleveland Central YMCA (2200 Prospect Ave) where he remained for 35 years. He was a well known local sports figure. To handball enthusiasts he was known as Mr. Handball, the man who in 1920 didn't know how the game was played and who ended up staging both the National AAU Handball Championships and the National YMCA Handball Championships in the same season. He was Director of the YMCA Business Men's Club and Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Y.
During the depression Frank had to take several cuts in salary. But he never complained. He was satisfied simply to have a job. After one of the cuts he called a family conference and warned us that we couldn't afford to waste ANY money. He asked me specifically to be sure to remember to turn out the light when I left a room. To this day I still do that automatically. Dad and mom (Helene) liked to call their weekly bill paying sessions "Indoor Sports". They laid out all of the bills on the dining room table and spent the evening deciding which needed to be paid immediately and writing checks.
My mother and father had what seemed to me to be a perfect marriage. To begin with they were very much in love. My mother called him "Honey Boy" and signed letters to him "Honey Girl". My father told me he thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met. They were inseparable, went everywhere together. And that was the way they wanted it. I honestly don't remember their EVER arguing with each other, let alone fighting. They did disagree from time to time. But when they did they simply agreed to disagree. For example, Helene was, by preference, a Democrat. And my father a Republican. Yet they both felt it was important to vote in every election. So they regularly went to the polls and cancelled out each other's votes, at least their votes for the top office. And neither ever voted a straight ticket. They tried to learn a little about each candidate and to vote for the ones they thought would do the best jobs if elected. No wonder I became a confirmed Independent.
They went to church together every Sunday and I believe they were religious, probably my mother moreso than my father. But they didn't have strong preferences between the various Protestant sects, They didn't insist I go to church with them. They let me choose my own church. And I tried various churches, settling for the one with, to me at least, the best minister.
They were a very sociable couple. Had lots of friends but strongly favored a few of them - the Buchanans and, after the Buchanans moved to Bridgeport, the Marshes. One of their favorite forms of weekend entertainment was simply to take a drive out into the countryside. Mostly their drives were on the West Side (eg. out Center Ridge Road or Clague Road) but occasionally they would go out towards the airport or out to the East Side to Chagrin Falls or the YMCA Camp at Centerville Mills. Mostly they just liked to drive around areas that they hadn't visited recently. The destination wasn't crucial and often was a spur-of-the-moment choice. They just thought it was very pleasant to drive around.
They were always very generous with me. I never felt we were missing things we could have done had we had more money. They generally did watch their pennies, though, with one exception. When we were taking our summer vacation (Dad always had a month for that) in New England or Michigan they relaxed the purse strings and spent whatever seemed likely to make the vacation more enjoyable. During the remaining months they 'saved up' a 'pot' in anticipation of such occasions.
Frank did all the driving until I got my license in 1940. Helene didn't drive. Frank was a very careful driver. Stayed close to the speed limit at all times. In all the years he drove he never had an accident. He was ticketed by the police only once. That occured one day when he was cutting through his favorite shortcut on his way to work. A new stop sign had been installed on one cross-street and he buzzed right through it. Only to find that a policeman was watching to see who would stop and who wouldn't. Frank never saw the sign, or so he said. One year he even got a Safe Driving Award from the Cleveland Police Department. Once I had my license, though, he was very generous in letting me borrow the car to squire my various girl friends around town.
Frank had no hobbies and only occasionally read books. He never missed his newspaper, though, Favored the Cleveland Press over the News or the Plain Dealer. He did follow the Indians religiously, though, and the Cleveland Rams. He was also a boxing fan and regularly got tickets for me and a friend or two to attend the annual Golden Gloves tournament. And, of course, he knew most of the local athletes through their use of the Y facilities.
Frank had more friends, I think, than anyone I've ever known. He was just plain 'likeable'. And he made friends effortlessly. People of all walks of life just loved chatting with him. An example illustrating that ability occurred daily on his walks around the block during his rehab period in Centerville, MA. He had suffered a moderate heard attack and was supposed to walk around his block a couple of times a day. But it regularly took him over an hour to navigate that simple block. Fifteen minutes of that could be attributed to the simple act of walking. The remainder was necessary because his friends and neighbors would come out of their houses and invite him to join them for a chat, or a cup of coffee, on their porches - husbands and wives both. Everyone seemed anxious to talk with him.
Helene died unexpectedly in 1948 and Frank suffered a severe physical setback as a result, including virtual paralysis of one arm. After my graduation from Columbia in May of 1948 Neale and I went to live with him on Emily Dr. in Lakewood, OH. By the end of the year he had largely recovered physically but he was lonesome. In 1950 he married Laura Platt, a woman who worked at the Y, and he worked five more years at the Central Y before retiring to Centerville, Cape Cod, living there until his death in 1966. On his retirement a collection was taken up at the Y for a parting gift. While there were no large individual contributors, a measure of how many friends he had showed in the fact that the gift he received was a sparkling new Oldsmobile 88. He was very proud of that car, often parking it in his driveway in Centerville so that everyone could admire it. I have some letterhead of the Northeastern Ohio Association of the AAU of the US that shows Officers for 1949. Frank is listed as President for that year, along with four vice presidents and a secretary/treasurer. He continued afterwards as a Member of its Executive Committee.
Frank remained active after his retirement to Cape Cod. He was elected to the Barnstable Housing Authority, Started a Senior Citizens' Club in Hyannis, MA and was its first, second, and fourth president. The club had a maximum size of 150 members and maintained an active waiting list. He was a member of the Retired Men's Club of Hyannis, MA, a Member of the Council on Aging of Barnstable, and a Member of the Cape Cod Community Council and its subcommittee that endeavored to bring YMCAs to the Cape. Copies of his obituary can be found in the Cleveland Press, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Barnstable Patriot, .
Note: Living at 119 Richmond on birth date.
Note: Pulmonary Edema, heart disease||From his second heart attack. His first was about 2 yrs earlier and sharply curtailed his physical abilities. But he seemed to be recovering nicely from that and was perhaps 75 percent of the way back to his former condition. His wife Laura called the fire department but they were not in time to revive him.
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