FRANK GRUND

Frank Grund gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about 1877 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. February 11, 1927 in Fox Lake, Lake County, IL
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Additional Information:

According to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for the 1901-1902 and the 1913-1914 Grays Lake, Lake County, IL directories:

“Grund Frank lab”

According to the Illinois, Death and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947:

“Name: Frank Grund; Birth Date: abt 1877; Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois; Death Date: 11 Feb 1927 (sic); Death Place: Fox Lake, Lake, Illinois; Burial Date: 8 Feb 1927; Cemetery Name: Fort Hill; Death Age: 50; Occupation: Janitor; Race: White; Marital status: S; Gender: Male; Residence: Round Lake, Ill.”

According to the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere IL) Wednesday, February 9, 1927, page 3:

“THINK MAN MURDERED.

   Coroner John L. Taylor of Lake county has postponed an inquest on the body of Frank Grund, 40 years old, of Round Lake, at the request of State’s Attorney A. V. Smith, who bases a belief that Grund was murdered upon a statement of physicians discrediting a story told by Grund’s companions in a drinking bout that he fractured his skull in a fall down stairs.”

According to the Republican-Northwestern (Belvidere IL) Friday, March 18, 1927, page 6:

“LONGCOR ENGAGED
IN MURDER DEFENSE

   Attorney Willard Longcor, formerly of Belvidere, has been retained for the defense of George Young, of Fox Lake, indicted for the murder of Frank Grund.  Round Lake drug store porter, who was found dead in Young’s cabin after a “party” in which the two men and Taylor Clark participated.  Grund died of a fractured skull, and Young is charged with kicking him in the head.  The defense is said to be ready to admit that the two had a scuffle, but that Grund is known to have been out trying to buy liquor after Young went to bed, and the contention is that Grund fell down stairs.”

According to the Republican-Northwestern (Belvidere IL) Friday, March 25, 1927, page 3:

“Gets Year to Life
On Manslaughter Plea

   George Young, charged with the murder of Frank Grund in a fight at the Taylor Clark cottage at Fox Lake, withdrew his plea of not guilty in the circuit court at Waukegan, and on the advice of his attorney, Willard Longcor, entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter.  He was sentenced by Judge Claire C. Edwards to a term of from one year to life in the penitentiary, and State’s Attonrey (sic) A. V. Smith asked the court to send down favorable recommendations that would insure his parole within a reasonable time.  It is said that the state’s attorney would be satisfied with a three years term.
   Taylor Clark was also indicted and has entered a plea of not guilty.
   On the night of Feb. 2 the three engaged in a drinking “party” at the lake cottage, and Young and Grund became involved in an argument as to which was the stronger.  The tussle developed into a fight and Grund’s skull was fractured.  It was charged that Young kicked Grund in the head.”

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