Sunday, November 9, 2014
He was immediately put in officer's training, going from Marquette in Milwaukee, WI to Notre Dame and then eventually ended up in Midshipman School at Fort Schuyler.
After finishing training he was assigned to "Codes" supervising a department of women. Now, many of these women were probably "much" older than their 21 year old supervisor and if you knew my father you would know how much he hated "cattiness." Well, war is war. You serve where you are needed.... So here it is in his own words the second installment of Dad's Story with a few additions from his "future wife". I've added links to some of the places where he trained.
Dad's Story - The War Years
V12-Navy College Training Program
Special Collections- Marquette - Navy Training
How the Navy Saved Notre Dame after WWII
Sunday, October 26, 2014
A few years before his death, we started working on his life story. The result was a series of hand done books put together for family members after his death.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have turned those books into pdf files which can be read online.
The link below is to the first of those books, Dad's Story: Duluth. The two links following are to pages from his Jr. High year book and the newspaper that replaced his high school year book during the rationed War Years.
Dad's Story: Duluth
The Birch Log -1940
The Hilltopper- 1943
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This is the first in a series of Fun Finds.
Don Madden on his blogpost Fully Flummoxed
"I did a job I hated for 32 years. I was very good it at. I didn't want to be a quitter so I kept doing it. Now I make art. Now my life is good. Very good."
I'm sure you will enjoy his slightly irreverent view of art, films and life as much as I did.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
After leaving Stanford, probably in April of 1920, Frank returned to Bay City. In Dec. of that year he had an emergency appendectomy as noted in the Bay City Times of Dec. 11.
A year later on 15 Oct 1921, Frank married Isabel Louise Haffey, the daughter of Joseph Phillip Haffey, Esq. (dec) and Mary Murphy.
After his marriage in 1921, Frank went into the fruit transport business with his brothers. After a brief time in Bay City, where Thomas Joseph Francis was born in 1922 they moved to Flint, Michigan (2515 Kaufman Ave.) where James Howard (1924) and Jane Marie (1926) were born. About 1928 the family moved to Duluth where in Jun 1929 Mary Patricia arrived. A final child John Joseph was born and died on 13 Sep 1930.
During their years in Duluth Frank and Isabel never bought a house. The lived first at 1418 Vermillion Rd and later at 2516 E 6th St.
With the onset of WWII, all steel was commandeered for war work, so there were no new cars and the business became defunct. The Poker fleet was commandeered and all the ships were sunk in the war. This was not a loss to the Madden brothers who had only leased the boats, but it did put an end to the shipping business.
Frank became the assistant manager for distribution of rationing in Duluth, spending the next four years at the task. He did not like his immediate boss, however, so after the war he left his government job.
|5636 Abbot Ave. S. Minneapolis|
I remember Grampy as a quiet, kind, mild man who was rather overrun by my grandmother. He would often turn off his hearing aid and remain oblivious to the world around him. He was the type of person everyone finds it hard not to like.
|Frank and Isabel with Maura|
Colleen and Catherine
1953 China Lake
Grampy's health rapidly deteriorated and he was soon in a care facility. He was gone before Grammy could complete the move. Although he died in Sacramento, California on 25 Nov 1866, he is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Bay City. Less than two weeks later, 6 Dec 1966 my mother's father John Edward English died in Tuscon, AZ. Needless to say it was a sad holiday season in the Madden household.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Throughout the summer the university had been corresponding with the War Department in an effort to put the program in place. In fact Stanford had made military training mandatory as of 23 April 1918, so returning students already had classes in military theory and tactics in their resume. Those students over the age of twenty were to be inducted into the S.A.T.C. and treated as full time soldiers. Their room, board, tuition and uniforms were all paid for by the government and they were to receive a $30 per month salary. Stanford was to be reimbursed $1.498 per day per student to supply room, board and instruction.
Within days life for the Stanford University, the Stanford SATC, the San Francisco Bay area, and beyond had changed.....Charles recounts "....the disease has made such inroads at Stanford that the whole place is under quarantine and all classes have ceased for the time being. When they took me out last night over 210 (total) had been sent to the hospital and about 30 cases in first stages were confined to quarters.
"The disease comes on very speedily....
"Overcoats and rifles were issued to us yesterday, but I was unable to get mine. The rifles are Russian models and awkward looking things with nasty little four edged bayonets on the end that undoubtedly were designed solely for use on the Germans..... 
This was the second round of Spanish Influenza. The first, in the spring of 1918, largely missed the US West Coast. The second and third did not. By the end of December over 23,000 cases had been reported in San Francisco with over 3000 deaths. The greater Bay area, including Stanford University had many more.
As the campus fought influenza, students were brought to hospital tents to isolate them from those who were not yet infected. And life went on. On Oct 10 Charles notes, "....bands singing and little children playing happily in the gardens on the campus one can scarce believe that only half a mile distant 40000 men are seriously intent on perfecting themselves in the art of killing and 2500 boys are training to lead them to the front in the classrooms hidden away under the warm red tiles peacefully giving forth their soft warmth of color among the oaks and pines of the campus...." he goes on to talk about the house where " The university will have a big bill when this house is finally vacated. Never have I seen such destruction in all my life there are seventy five men in the house and between their boots and seventy five army cots the hard wood floors are ruined. Every room has had plaster mared & dishes silverware etc are disappearing from breakage and souvenir fiends so fast that we can't keep track. I caught one man setting on the Piano yesterday. Oh! it makes my blood boil. Our little white enamal guest room is so badly damaged it will have to be done over & some furniture refinished. All this in one week....."
Charles was referring to Camp Fremont when he mentioned 40000 men. Between 1917 and 1919 over 43,000 men were trained in the camp which was located in the tiny town of Menlo Park, population 2300. Charles exaggerated a bit as he claimed 40000 men, the highest population over the 18 months of it's existence was about 27,000. But a teaming mini-city it was. After the war thousands of soldiers were naturalized as they left the service.
One last quote from Charles.... "What a cartoon one might make of the campus now. I wish I had a few moments to put some of my impressions on paper. .... even coeds must wear gauze masks at classes.....in addition to all I have named we have K.P. to do, have to sweep our rooms, make beds, sweep halls, attend evening assemblies or lectures twice or three times a week and do any special thing for which we may be detailed by the Sergt. We are also supposed by practice during spare time to perfect ourselves individually in the 'execution of commands positions of the soldier, manual of arms' etc to quote from orders."
Thank goodness for Charles, he gave a face to both Stanford and the Student Army Training Corps at the time Frank was there. His letters have many cartoon drawings that depict life in in the SATC.
My Dad did not remember his father ever talking about his experiences at Stanford or his WWI service. Was he infected with Spanish Influenza? It seems unlikely his often delicate health would have made that more traumatic.
The Stanford Daily, Volume 54, Number 17, 6 November 1918
Student records have not been found for Francis Martin Madden at this time. The Alumni Directory and Ten-year Book: 1891-20, Volume 3, states that Frank attended Stanford from 1915 to an unknown date. We know he was a Junior in 1918. In the commencement issue of the Daily Palo Alto, 16 June 1919 he is found on two lists. The first is a list of students and alumni who served in the military. The second is a list entitled Class Role Names Nineteeners. This appears to be
a list of those that matriculated in 1915 and should have been the class of 1919. Some are on the graduation list, but the war seems to have taken its toll on the class. Many Nineteeners did not graduate in June. Some are found on a lists of graduates for January and Apr 1920. I did not find Frank on either of those lists. I did not find a list of June 1920 graduates. The 1920 census taken 18 Jan 1920 says that he was in school on or after September 1 1919. At the time it was taken he was in Bay City.
 Ibid; 9 Oct 1918 Camp Fremont hospital - to Miss Rene Gray-Chowchilla, CA
 Ibid; 10 Oct 1918 Camp Fremont Hospital - to Miss Rene Gray-Chowchilla, CA
 Ibid; 23 Oct 1918 Stanford - to Miss Rene Gray-Chowchilla, CA
1917 - Intensive Drill to Start at Once
1918 - Student Camp to Open in June
Monday, September 8, 2014
No birth certificate has been found for Francis (Frank). According to a letter by cousin Mary, Frank was born at 1917 fifth Avenue.(1) After his father's death when he was six and then his mother's when he was fifteen, Frank and his brothers Thomas and Charles (Carl) continued to live in the family home. Their Aunt Mary Silbereisen Lynn moved in with her family and at times so did Aunt Lena Schramm. Little is known about Frank's life before he left Michigan for California.
Frank attended Stanford University for approximately two years, returning to Michigan before the 1920 census was taken. He may have attended a university in Michigan as well, as he was listed as a student in the 1920 census but to date I do not have information supporting that fact.
The actual sequence of events of his young adult years is not known, but he did serve in the Student Army Training Corps, he did have tuberculosis and go to a special facility and he did attend Stanford. It makes the most sense that he was sent to California because he had tuberculosis some of the best sanitariums were located in Belmont on the San Francisco Peninsula. Most likely he improved with the climate change and ended up staying to attend Stanford University just a few miles south.
He was a mechanical engineering student living at 11 Salvatierra St, Stanford when he registered for the Great War Draft on 5 Jun 1918.(2) Today Salvatierra Street that would have included #11 is called Salvatierra Walk and the building that Frank would have lived in doesn't appear to exist anymore.
Although I have not found any official school records to date, I did find Frank in the yearbook for the first quarter of 1919 as well as in the Student Training Corps records for Stanford. See the next post.
- Family Bible of Thomas and Elizabeth Madden, copied by Mary Lynn Scramm from the bible in the possession of Aunt Lena included in a letter to Carl Madden and family 8/6/1951.
- Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This spring Maura finally created a blog highlighting some of her works. Maura Madden Donovan Watercolors.
This month she had works accepted in two juried shows in Sacramento and has won a Special Award at the Wash, Inc Open Show at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center.
We are VERY PROUD!!! Check out the blog and don't neglect the portrait page where you'll find artistic renditions of many Madden family members.