Frank Bomberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elias Bomberger, was born on the Bomberger homestead, six miles southeast of Polo, November 3, 1869. He received his early education in the county school and later attended both Oregon and Polo schools.

At the age of 21, he, with his parents moved from the farm to Strafford, where Frank and his father went into the grain business, and also operated the store and post office there. After the death of his father, which occurred in 1908, he took his brother Harry as a partner, but later took over the entire business, which he handled successfully until two years ago, when he decided to dispose of his interests in Stratford and move to Polo, where he entered into a partnership with his brother, Harry, in the garage and automobile business.

Frank as he was familiarly called, was well known as one who lived the “Golden Rule” – always pleasant, strictly honest, generous and ever ready to help a worthy cause when the opportunity presented itself, so it is not strange that it is said of him that his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. He was a popular man in his township, and served terms as both clerk and collector.

On October 4, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Cora Rowland of Stratford, who with one daughter, Lila, mourn the loss of a kind hearted husband and loving father. A few months his health began to fail, and although everything possible was done to restore him to health, he was unable to respond to the treatment. Complications developed and he failed rapidly the last few days, and passed away at his home in Polo early Wednesday morning March 27 at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 23 days.

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by his mother, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Hays and Mrs. Geo. Judson, and two brothers, Charles and Harry, all of Polo and vicinity, besides many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the home Friday, March 29th, at two o’clock, Rev. A. D. Klontz officiating. The floral offerings were many and beautiful from sympathizing friends. All the business houses closed during the funeral services, showing respect and esteem for the deceased. Burial was made in Fairmount Cemetery.

Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)

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