Frank Martin Brodhead (1882-1951)

Frank Martin Brodhead portrait

Frank Martin Brodhead portrait

This post is dedicated to my grandfather, Frank M. Brodhead, who was born on February 5, 1882.

I never got to meet him–he died long before I was born. Coincidentally, he and I almost share the same birthday; we’re just a day apart.

My father passed away many years ago, so I can’t ask him about his dad; if anyone out there has their own remembrances to share, please pass them along. The included newspaper obituaries provide a generous amount of information, but it’s always good to hear the personal stories.

Brodhead-Murphy Co. letterhead

Brodhead-Murphy Co. letterhead showing the hardware store my grandfather had. A Google street view of the address today shows a much different looking building—sadly rather dilapidated!

Watercolor of the Scotch Plains home, painted by my Grandmother Fannie Brodhead

Watercolor of the Scotch Plains home, painted by my Grandmother Fannie Brodhead

Brodhead family plot, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, after my grandfather’s burial

Elizabeth Daily Journal, May 18, 1951

Elizabeth Daily Journal, May 18, 1951

21 May 1951, Elizabeth Daily Journal

21 May 1951, Elizabeth Daily Journal

Obituary notice, 24 May 1951, Westfield Leader (New Jersey)

Brodhead Frank obit

Westfield Leader obituary notice (continued)

Categories: Brodhead, Elizabeth, Union Co., Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Obituaries | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Frank Martin Brodhead (1882-1951)

  1. Reblogged this on Chips Off the Old Block and commented:

    Today is my grandfather’s birthday, so I am re-posting an earlier post about him that has evolved a bit over the last couple of years, and will no doubt be updated in the future. 🙂


  2. I met my grandparents but was far too young to learn much about them. I don’t have the same excuse for my parents. I just never thought to ask the questions. –Curt


    • I know. We never thought to ask the questions, and now we have to be detectives LOL!


      • That’s fun, of course. And you never know what you might discover. My dad, for example, was engaged to be married before he met my mother and married her— a tale he never bothered to share. Too bad I didn’t find it when he was alive. 🙂


      • That’s quite an omission—I’d love to have seen the look on your face when you made that discovery! There’s definitely a lot of family history editing that goes on as stories get passed down (or don’t get passed down) through the generations. Even after all the digging I’ve done, I feel like I’m on an iceberg and most of the family tree is ‘underwater’, yet to be discovered, most of it unknowable anyway. Hope you are having a good weekend out there. We’re in the 70s–perfect FL winter weather. Must savor it!


      • Rain, lots of rain here. But we need it.

        It was one of those OMG moments. 🙂 I think the majority of folks are quite happy to bury and forget family weirdness, but I say bring it on. For one, it is interesting, and for two, I think it helps of have a better understanding of who we are. My understanding of my family’s wandering ways, has helped me understand my wandering ways. –Curt


      • I say bring it on, too. It is interesting as you say, and it’s comforting to know their families were no different from ours. It’s the rare family that does not have some crazy things go on from time to time. I think it’s funny how some of the black sheep were completely obliterated from the family tree. Their nearest and dearest did their best to sweep all traces of them under the rug.


      • And it makes us dig so very, very hard to find them. (Laughing)


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