Biography of Frank R. Saxton
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK R. SAXTON. The late Frank R. Saxton was for a number of years one of the best known funeral directors of Cleveland and Lakewood, he having long carried on the business of Saxton & Son, which was established a generation ago by his father. He was born in Cleveland, and spent his entire life in Cleveland and Lakewood, and won recognition both as a funeral director, successful business man and worth while citizen.

Frank R. Saxton was born in the old Saxton home on Pearl (now West Twenty fifth) Street, Cleveland, on September 28, 1879, the son of Edward H. and Sarah (Harris) Saxton. His father was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of early citizens of that place. As a boy Edward H. Saxton acquired the rudiments of the undertaking business in Akron, and came to Cleveland at the close of the Civil war. Here he completed his apprenticeship, and in 1872 established his own business under his own name at 345 Pearl (now 1550 West Twenty fifth) Street, and successfully carried on undertaking and funeral directing until his death in 1898, during which long period he became one of the best known men in his line of business in Cuyahoga County, establishing a reputation which survives him.

Frank R. Saxton attended the old Kentucky Street public school and the University School of Cleveland, and was graduated from the Michigan Military Academy, near Detroit, in 1897. Returning from college, he entered his father's establishment, learned the business, and later became his father's partner under the firm name of Saxton & Son. After the death of his father he and his mother continued the business. Mrs. Saxton, who was a remarkable business woman, died in 1911.

Continuing the business at the old place on West Twenty fifth Street, Frank R. Saxton eventually established a branch of it on the corner of Detroit and Grace avenues in Lakewood. In 1918 he gave up the original establishment, removed his residence to Lakewood and, concentrating his efforts, developed the leading funeral directing business in the city, retaining his old business popularity and patronage, and developing an equally large patronage in Lakewood. On June 1, 1924, he incorporated the business under the firm name of The Saxton-Daniels-Mastick Company, and the old Norton residence, one of the finest homes in Lakewood. situated on the adjoining lot to the Saxton home, was purchased and refitted and remodeled into what is probably one of the most convenient and beautiful funeral homes in the entire Cleveland metropolitan district. Of the incorporated company Mr. Saxton continued president until his death, which occurred on August 27, 1924.

Aside from funeral directing, Mr. Saxton had other business interests, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-West Savings & Loan Bank of Lakewood, which institution has had much to do with the development of that city.

He was active in Masonic circles and was a member of Bigelow Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Forest City Commandery Knights Templar, Al Koran Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Al Sirat Grotto and Valley of Cleveland, Lake Erie Consistory (thirty second degree), Scottish Rite. He was also a member of Lakewood Lodge of Elks, and a member of the Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) of Lakewood. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors' Association, the Ohio State Funeral Directors' Association and the Funeral Directors' Club of Cuyahoga County.

Mr. Saxton was one of the well known and popular men of Lakewood, with a wide circle of friends extending all over Cuyahoga County, all of whom esteemed him for his traits of character, and regarded him as among the worth while citizens of the community. He was progressive in his ideas of citizenship, and always responded to all calls' made upon him in movements having for their object the development and welfare of the city and her people.

On September 24, 1901, Mr. Saxton was united in marriage with Miss Eva Coe, who was born in Cleveland, the daughter of Arthur and Clarissa (Archer) Coe, her father a native of Ohio, her mother of Canada, and now residents of Lakewood. Mr. Coe, an old piano man, has spent most of his life in Cleveland, and is well informed on the early events of the city. Mrs. Saxton has always been identified with her husband's business interests, and continues to carry on in that direction as secretary treasurer of The Saxton-Daniels-Mastick Company. She is active in civic and social affairs. She served a term in the Lakewood City Council, and is a member of the Lakewood Woman's Club, the Three Arts Club of Lakewood, the Woman's City Club of Cleveland, and of the Church of the Ascension.

To Mr. and Mrs. Saxton three sons were born, as follows : Edward H., Arthur C. and Frank R. II.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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