Jacob Franklin "Frank" Mendenhall

Male 1878 - 1943  (65 years)


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  • Name Jacob Franklin "Frank" Mendenhall  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 12 Sep 1878  Fort Smith, Arkansas (near Greenwood) Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Dairy Rancher, Road Grader, Hauler, Gardener, Landscaper 
    Died 7 Dec 1943  Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried 9 Dec 1943  Glendale, California (Grandview Cem.) Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I446  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2014 

    Father Thomas Nathan Mendenhall,   b. 12 May 1854, near Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1924, Pacoima, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Alice Eudora "Dora" Lemmons,   b. Abt 1861, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1887, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1877  Greenwood, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Carrie May Lee,   b. 17 May 1884, Santa Ynez, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1960, San Jose, California (at Betty's) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1901  Calabasas, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
    +1. George Mendenhall,   b. 9 Mar 1902, Calabasas, California (in a wagon) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1989, Garden Grove, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Ada May Mendenhall,   b. 15 Aug 1903, Calabasas, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949  (Age 45 years)
     3. Fredrick Mendenhall,   b. 12 Jan 1905, Calabasas, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1970, Bakersfield, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +4. Ruth Elizabeth Mendenhall,   b. 17 Aug 1906, Calabasas, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1976, Sherman Oaks, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +5. Raymond Emmet Mendenhall,   b. 26 Feb 1908, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 2004, Phoenix, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     6. Alfred W (or Everett) Mendenhall,   b. 4 Apr 1909, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1909, Los Angeles Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +7. Frank Roy Mendenhall,   b. 5 Aug 1910, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 2000, Lovelock, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     8. James Edmond Mendenhall,   b. 16 Feb 1913, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1951, Riverside, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +9. Dorothy June Mendenhall,   b. 28 Jun 1914, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1963, Los Angeles Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +10. Dora Ellen Mendenhall,   b. 13 Sep 1916, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 53 years)
    +11. Leonard Lee Mendenhall,   b. 2 Jul 1918, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1992, Acton, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +12. Carl Daniel Mendenhall,   b. 27 Jul 1920, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1975, Redondo Beach, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     13. Orville Richard Mendenhall,   b. 14 Oct 1921, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1981, Cabot, Arkansas (Lonoke Co.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +14. Betty Loraine Mendenhall,   b. 22 Jul 1923, Los Angeles or North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 2003, Turlock, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +15. Harold William Mendenhall,   b. 26 Jun 1926, North Hollywood, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1983, Brookings, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +16. Marie Mendenhall,   b. 3 Nov 1927, Los Angeles, California (Drew St.) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 2008, Ventura, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Frank and Carrie first met at a Saturday night dance at the Leonis adobe in Calabasas. People would come from miles around, dance all night, sleep in the wagons filled with hay, and then go home on Sunday. They were married either in a little old church in Chatsworth (now in Oakwood Cemetary) or in the adobe. Frank and Carrie first lived in Las Virgines Canyon near Calabasas, California. Frank was a grading contractor (he built roads.) Also, he was supposed to have had the first blacksmith shop in Oxnard. He always liked ranching; he loved horses and he liked raising cattle. He acquired a 140 acre ranch in Calabasas right behind the (Ed & Clara) Stokes Ranch. (It was just west of Tapia Park, down a side road to the left just before the bridge about .5 mile. The property is now owned by the Catholic Church.) At that time, the older children (George, Fred and Ada) and their cousin, Thelma, all attended school at the Las Virgines School. There are many stories about Frank when he was living in Las Virgines Canyon. One goes that one foggy night Frank had a team of horses and a wagon and he was trying to get home. The horses came to a stop in the fog and wouldn't budge. He wondered what was wrong with them. Then he got out and walked to the front of the wagon and found that the road ended in a cliff. Another time, when Frank was working for Brent's Mountain Craig, they'd killed a beef and he was carrying a quarter of it home on his shoulder. This was in the winter time when they lived on the "Shibely place" behind the Stokes ranch. Frank's father, Thomas, was living with them at the time. It was after dark and the family had already eaten. Frank had eaten with the people who ran the camp. All of a sudden the family heard this faint voice, "Help! Help!" Thomas, George, Fred and Ray rushed out to help Frank. Coyotes were running at him trying to grab at the beef and he was using a manzanita stick he'd picked up as a club to keep them away. When they reached him he was staggering from fatigue. His shepard dog was all chewed up from coyote bites. There is a tree in Malibu State Park known as the "Mendenhall Tree" because Thomas and Frank saved a man's life there. At one time there was a California State Historical Society plaque. In those days Frank hunted quail, venison, and rabbits for food for his family or traded pigs that they raised for beef. He'd get up at 3 AM and go out and feed and harness the horses and start breakfast before Carrie was out of bed. People used to visit over the weekend at Frank and Carrie's ranch. 35-40 of them would come from all over the valley and sleep in their buckboards and eat meals at a long table. They used to have spelling bees. Nobody could outspell Thomas Mendenhall. Later the family moved to a house on John St. (near Sunset Blvd., Micheltorina, and Bellvue in Los Angeles) when Fred was a baby. Frank paid $500 for the house and his father, Thomas, built one next door. Over the years they moved back and forth between Las Virgines Canyon and downtown. Frank ended up owning one or two different houses in the Sunset district (on Maltman St.) as well as houses in Burbank and on Leclede (about 1924) in Glendale. Frank would take contracts to haul sand and gravel for construction projects and would hire his father and sons with teams of horses to help him. Everyone liked to work for him. They'd grade roads with a "fresno board" or a "Mormon board." Later Frank was a landscaper with Germain's Nursery. He worked on the landscaping for Los Angeles High School, Amy's Temple and his home. He had exotic plants. Frank always did the grocery shopping and insisted on gourmet meals. During the swine flu outbreak in 1917 he cooked and cared for his entire family, even though he was also sick. Frank was very sentimental. He cried at weddings. When James married Genevieve he sat in the front row and sobbed so his whole body shook. He "bawled like a baby" when Leonard had his fingers cut off (while working in a shop on a summer job.) When he listened to the Lone Ranger his head would be practically in the radio. If it was a sad story he would start crying. Leonard would tease him about it. Frank died of lung cancer.

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] Interview with Harold Earl Bisher and Marie Mendenhall Bisher -3, (EF#8, SN#10, 15 Jan 1977).

    2. [S107] Interview with Ray & Dessie Mendenhall and Barbara & Gene Davis., (EF#62, SN#111, 23 Apr 1977).

    3. [S92] Interview with Ray & Dessie Mendenhall and Thelma Thomas, (EF#62, SN#171, 15 Jun 1977).

    4. [S77] Interview with Marie Mendenhall Bisher, (EF#8, SN#94, 24 Apr 1977).

    5. [S100] Interview with Ray and Dessie Mendenhall with M & N M, (EF#62, SN#74, 9 Apr 1977).

    6. [S542] Letter from Mike and Noreen Marshall with Family Group Sheets for Lees and death certificates, (EF#65, SN#121, 16 May 1977).

    7. [S240] Death certificate forJacob Franklin Mendenhall, (EF#98, SN#168, 10 Jun 1977).

    8. [S22] Marie Mendenhall Bisher's family bible containing birth data for all her brothers and sisters, (EF#16, SN#18, 6 Feb 1977).

    9. [S198] Visit to Grandview Memorial Park in Glendale, CA, (EF#5, SN#5, 1/9 Jan 1977).

    10. [S815] Marriage record of Thomas N. Mendenhall and Alice Eudora Lemon, (EF#204, SN#355, 12 Apr 1978).

    11. [S764] Certified marriage license for J.F. Mendenhall and Carrie May Lee, (EF#81, SN#105, 7 May 1977).