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Great-Great Grandfather Frank L. Colomy: The Rest of His Life

After learning about the impact John and Mary Goodwin’s tumultuous marriage must have had on Frank and Jennie Colomy, and after daughter Bertha’s indiscretion with Percy St. Clair, it’s not surprising to learn that Frank and Jennie eventually separated and were divorced by 1900.

Frank moved in with his mother  Lucy and stepfather William and worked as a “collector” (whatever that was during that time).  This arrangement worked out well for Lucy, since William had passed away in June of 1901; it was probably good to have Frank to lean on.  Even Frank’s son Edwin and Edwin’s wife Mary lived with them for a couple of years. Of course as Lucy got older, she probably needed more care than Frank could give her on his own.  He hired divorcee Ida G. Rodrick as a housekeeper (and likely someone to look after Lucy) and Charles B. Blackmoore as a “hostler”.

Charles did not stay with Frank long, but Ida did.  After years of working for Frank, it’s apparent that love blossomed between them.  On June 26, 1918, Frank and Ida were married in Boston, but did not enjoy wedded bliss very long.  Not even one year later, on June 1, Ida died of a kidney disease and was buried on June 4 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem.  Frank was left with an aging Lucy and no one to care for her while he worked, so he had Lucy put in Danvers State Hospital on June 30.  As stated in a previous post, she passed away there on June 11, 1920.

Frank with oldest grandchild, Roy Colomy.  Courtesy Deb Thompson Colomy.

Frank with oldest grandchild, Roy Colomy. Courtesy Deb Thompson Colomy.

 
Despite working several types of jobs throughout his life, including many years as a retail grocer, Frank stayed in Lynn (even though I still haven’t found him on the 1920 and 1930 Censuses).  Judging by old photographs, it seems that he was close with his son Edwin.  He also participated in a couple of fraternal societies:  as a Grand Chief with the Knights of the Golden Eagle of Massachusetts and in the Knights of Pythias.  The church Frank attended was East Baptist Church in Lynn.  I’m sure that my grandfather, George Edmund Pleau, spent some time with Frank once he and Bertha moved back to Lynn; after all, Frank was the only grandparent alive during George’s lifetime.

Finally, Frank met his end on December 14, 1936 as he passed away in Lynn Hospital after a brief illness.  He was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire, where his mother, grandparents and uncle John were laid to rest.

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