My Present Past
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Wyanet, Illinois
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Beautiful Bureau by Skilling & Masters
Bureau Creek looking south from Wyanet Road
Frank Giles Cross was born August, 1860 to Milton and Martha H. (Stocking) Cross in Tiskilwa, Bureau County,
Illinois. The family moved to
Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois in 1861.
On August 10, 1862,  his father Milton enlisted in the
93rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a Private.
He was promoted to First Sergeant on August 15, 1862, upon the formation of Company C of that Regiment.
He was involved in a number of battles, most notably on
June 28, 1864 near Dalton, Georgia, where he was
severely injured in a
crash with a train during a skirmish with the Confederates. He was then promoted to
First Lieutenant on January 11, 1864 and then mustered out on April 13, 1864. He was then honorably
discharged from duty on
November 03, 1864.
Frank was hired as a switchman for the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad in 1876. His father Milton was
an Agent/Buyer, contracting shipments of cattle and livestock for the railroad.
Frank met Miss Elizabeth (Lizzie) S. Haynes, a schoolteacher and the daughter of Nicholas and Fedelia Haynes
of Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois. They were married on January 0, 1884 in Wyanet.
Their marriage produced two children, Mildred E., August 1888 and Glen Moore, July 09, 1895.
Frank and Lizzie moved to Elk City, Montgomery County, Kansas in late 1884 where Frank opened up a
mercantile business.  
Martha H. (Stocking) Cross died
November 22, 1891 and Milton Cross died March 05, 1894 in Elk City
Montgomery County, Kansas. Both are buried in
Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, Montgomery County, Kansas.

Frank and family moved to
Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas sometime in late 1896 and Frank set up an
implement business in town. Moving to
Corcoran, Kings County, California in 1909, Frank opened up a lumber and
implement business in this thriving agricultural region which was part of Tulare County before being platted in
1905 and  incorporated in 1914 by Hobart J. Whitley.
Frank re-married sometime after 1912 to Josephine Marshall. She was born October 12, 1889 to Sylvester O.
and Mary Catherine (Carpenter) Marshall in Lodomillo Twp., Clayton County, Iowa. One child was born from this
Helen M., July 07, 1920 in Corcoran, Kings County, California.
Frank Giles Cross died in 1927 in Merced County, California.
Josephine (Marshall) Cross died May 28, 1955 in Corcoran, Kings County, California
Frank G. Cross                                                                                                                Wyanet, Illinois
April 16, 1881

This is a quotation from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Matilda H. Engel was born June 23, 1860 to John B. and Jacobine (Hauter) Engel in Wyanet, Bureau County,
Illinois. She grew up in Wyanet and attended public schools there. After school she was employed as a
dressmaker. She met Paul Bansen, a watchmaker, while working in Wyanet and they were married on July 06,
1880 at the Engel house in Wyanet, Illinois. Of that marriage two children were born, Ernest Max, July 21,
1881 in Wyanet, Illinois and Charles H., November 05, 1894 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Matilda H. (Engel) Bansen died from complications of childbirth on
July 06, 1895 in Nashville, Davidson County,
Tennessee. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois.
Matilda H. Engel                                                                                                             Wyanet, Illinois
April 26, 1878

Matilda H. Engel

Wyanet, Illinois