Name: Frank W. FONDA
Given Name: Frank W.
Birth: 1897 in New York
Death: 14 MAY 1917
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Note: b. NY; 1900 US Federal Census, Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY; 1905 New York State Census, Coxsackie, Coxsackie Village, E.D.01, Greene Co., NY; 1910 US Federal Census, Elmira Ward 9, Chemung Co., NY (Frank W Fonda, Son, b. 1898 in NY, Elizabeth); 1915 New York State Census, Elmira Ward 09, A.D.01, E.D.01, Chemung Co., NY; bur. Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY; [Students of Elmira Free Academy who lost their lives during The Great World War 1914-1918 - Frank W. Fonda - born 1897 s/o Frank Stephen Fonda]; [http://www.genealogysf.com/Stanton-p/p134.htm (..) The attack upon Stanton was made in almost exactly the same spot where Private Frank W. Fonda, also of Company L, was struck and instantly killed by a Lackawanna passenger train several weeks previous (May 1917).]; [Frank W. Fonda - The first Elmira soldier in the war with Germany has lost his life under the Stars and Stripes, doing his duty for Uncle Sam. Frank Fonda, a private of Company L, has "done his bit" with all honor to himself. He has answered his last roll call. It is a proud distinction, albeit such dipensations passeth understanding. Frank Fonda, beloved of a happy family, endeared to a large circle of friends, bound to his soldier comrades by ties known only to those who have seen service, loyal to his Country and his Flag, will be held in revered memory so long as Elmirans who live today live on. The manner of his death is inconsequential. Whether it was to come as it has come to others who were pursuing peaceful occupations, or whether it was to have been reserved for the battlefields of France, is immaterial. It came when he was doing his duty, serving his Flag as his Country bade him, ready to do or to die for America. In the family home there is sorrow, but it is sorrow that must he tempered with pride when the father and the mother and the sister see the Stars and Stripes draped on the casket which contains their soldier boy and when they know of the respect and honor that his service brought to him and to them. Elmira cannot forget the name of Frank Fonda. Elmira Star-Gazette, Tuesday, May 15, 1917]; [Comrades Pay Final Tribute - Impressive Military Funeral Held Over Remains of Private Frank W. Fonda Who Was Killed on Duty - The body of Frank W. Fonda, member of Company L, who was killed by a train while in the performance of his duty last Monday, was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery yesterday afternoon with full military honors. A firing squad of Company L regulars, brought here from the guard camps by Lieutenant J. I. Varney to honor their former comrade, fired a volley over the grave. Prominent city and county officials, including Mayor Harry Hoffman, Major William A. Turnbull and officers from the Third Battalion headquarters here and about 40 members of Company L participated in the funeral. Services were held at the home at 105 East Henry street, at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon while the public services were held in the Riverside M. E. church, in charge of the Rev. C. E. Hutchings, present pastor, and the Rev. A. E. Atwater, former minister. The soldiers escorted the body to the cemetery, making an impressive sight as they marched through the city's principal streets. The casket was draped with a beautiful American flag while six soldiers acted as pall-bearers. Bugler Melvin J. Rhoades of Company L sounded taps at the grave. Elmira Star-Gazette, Friday, May 18, 1917.] >> www.fonda.org <<
Father: Frank Stephen FONDA b: 24 NOV 1872 in Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY
Mother: Elizabeth I. TENBROECK b: 1873 in New York