Johannes Gold
Maria Magdalene Stocker
Russell Cahoon
Submitti Traverse
Aaron Gold
Ellen S. Cahoon

Frank Oliver Gold


Family Links

1. Estella Kurtz
2. Polly Elizabeth Nichol

Frank Oliver Gold 2 3

  • Born: 20 Aug 1855, Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Christened: 11 Nov 1855, Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Marriage (1): Estella Kurtz before 1881
  • Marriage (2): Polly Elizabeth Nichol on 20 Jul 1884 in Perry, Dallas, Iowa, United States 1
  • Died: 3 Mar 1914, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States at age 58 4
  • Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

  Research Notes:

From History of Renville County, Minnesota, vol. II, ppl. 1146-1148:
Frank O. Gold was born in Easton, Penn., August 20, 1855, son of Aaron and Ellen (Cahoon) Gold, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and New York, and descended on the paternal side from German ancestry. While Frank O. was a boy, the family moved to Davis, Illinois, and there he completed his education and grew to manhood. His first business venture was as a clerk in a general store in Davis. From there he went to Iowa, and for a while engaged in the grain and milling business at Delmar... It was in 1887 that he came to Renville county, and with his brother, William H. Gold, purchased a lumber yard at Sacred Heart. Some two and a half years later, a branch was established at Renville. To Renville, Frank O. Gold moved in 1890, while William H. Gold remained in charge of the yard at Sacred Heart. Frank O. Gold continued in the lumber business for several years. Gradually he became interested in the land, loan and credit business, as well as in grain dealing. In this connection he worked more or less in conjunction with the Security State Bank. When that bank was reorganized as the First National Bank of Renville, January 17, 1903, he became vice-president, a position he occupied until 1907 when he became president. A year later, the bank was sold to the Dale interests. In the meantime, in 1902, the Gold-Stabeck Loan & Credit Co. was organized, and of this Frank O. Gold had been made the president. For several years a large loan and land business was conducted in Renville. But it grew to such proportions that in 1907 the offices were moved to the Minneapolis building of the Northwestern Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Frank O. Gold, however, remained with the bank in Renville for another year, and then in 1908 moved to Minneapolis and assumed the presidency of the Land & Credit Co. In that position he remained until his death. ...Mr. Gold was married July 20, 1884, to Elizabeth Nichol, who was born at Marcaills [sic], Illinois, August 15, 1859, daughter of James Franklin and Harriet (Hecox) Nichol, natives respectively of Ohio and Michigan, who as young people went to Illinois, and were there married, the father dying in Renville, Minn., in 1900, and the mother now [1916] making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Gold. Mr. and Mrs. Gold had three children: Roy Clinton, Roy Franklin and Minor Bidwell. Roy Clinton was born June 18, 1888 and died February 10, 1889. Roy Franklin was born May 5, 1890, and is now [1916] treasurer of the Gold-Stabeck Loan & Credit Co. He graduated from the Minneapolis West High school, attended the Hamiline [sic] University two years, and the University of Minnesota one year. He married Vera Locker, and they have one son, Frank Locker Gold. Minor Bidwell was born October 5, 1892, and is now with the Benson, Newhouse, Stabeck Co. He attended the Minneapolis West High school and the Hamline University.
Notes from a Pedigree Chart prepared by Donald W. Gold dated 25 Jul 1996:
"[After the death of his wife and first child during childbirth, the] doctor told him to travel so he and his brothers, with the exception of William who was too small at the time, went on an extensive trip working in harvest fields as they needed money." 5

  Birth Notes:

1900 U.S. Census give his birthplace as Pennsylvania. Another source has his birthplace as Davis, Stephenson, Illinois.

  Noted events in his life were:

Religion: a Methodist.

Moved, 1886, Sacred Heart, Renville, Minnesota, United States.

Census: U.S, 6 Jun 1900, Emmett Twp, Renville, Renville, Minnesota, United States. 6 Household:
Frank A. Gold, head, W, M, Aug 1855, 44, M, 16, Penn, Penn, New York, Real estate dealer
Pali E. Gold, wife, W, F, Aug 1859, 40, M, 16, Ill, Ohio, Michigan
Roy F. Gold, son, W, M, May 1890, 10, S, Minnesota, Penn, Ill
Minor B. Gold, son, W, M, Oct 1892, 7, S, Minnesota, Penn, Ill
Anna Gold, boarder, W, F, Sep 1889, 10, S, Ill, Ill, Ill

Occupation: President of Gold-Stabeck Land Company, 1904, Renville, Minnesota, United States.

Occupation: Vice-President of First National Bank, 1904, Renville, Minnesota, United States.

Moved, 1908, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

Occupation: banker, 1914, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

Frank married Estella Kurtz before 1881. (Estella Kurtz was born on 26 Nov 1859 in McFarland, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, died on 12 Mar 1881 in Lost Nation, Clinton, Iowa, United States and was buried in Brodhead, Green or Rock, Wisconsin, United States.)

Frank next married Polly Elizabeth Nichol, daughter of James Franklyn Nichol and Harriet E. Hecox, on 20 Jul 1884 in Perry, Dallas, Iowa, United States.1 (Polly Elizabeth Nichol was born on 15 Aug 1859 in <Marseilles, LaSalle>, Illinois, United States, died on 16 Sep 1935 in Hennepin, Minnesota, United States and was buried in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.)


1 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934", database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 June 2016), Frank O. Gold and Polly E. Nichol, 1884.

2 Website - Genealogy,

3 Correspondence, Don Gold beginning 7 Sep 2016.

4 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "Minnesota Death Records, 1866-1916," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 January 2016), Frank Oliver Gold, 03 Mar 1914; citing Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, cn 772, Public Health Center, St. Paul; FHL.

5 Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, editor, The History of Renville County, Minnesota, 2 volumes (Chicago, Illinois: H. C. Cooper Jr. & Co., 1916), II: 1146-1148.

6 FamilySearch Historical Files (, "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 June 2016), Frank O Gold, Emmett Township Renville village, Renville, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 91, NAR.

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