The Sporting News
9 July 1892
DEATH OF FRANK E. MILLARD.
Decease of East St. Louis' Crack Player
Down at Dallas, Texas
News of the death of Frank E. Millard, at Dallas, Texas this week, was received with many regrets by the vast army of lovers of base ball both in this city and in East St. Louis, of which latter place Frank until very recently was a resident. Ever since base ball has flourished in East St. Louis, Frank has been the leading exponent. He was the life and spirit of the old Nationals and played with them in their halcyon as well as in their dying days. In all the attempts to boom the game on the other side, Frank was invariably at the front. When the Nationals were at the zenith of their prosperity and Frank was their manager, he tried the experiment of bringing professional clubs to East St. Louis and while the venture proved a losing one it gave the friends of the Nationals a chance to see them pitted against the best clubs in the country including the local St. Louis Browns. When the attempt to locate an Inter-State Club in East St. Louis! was made Frank was also the leading in that movement and by subscription he raised a large amount to put a club in that field. But after had secured the required money the Inter-State officials pased him by and the cut was such a deep one that he at once gave up all hope of ever establishing the game on the other side on a professional footing.
Early this season Frank joined The Sporting News Club, acting as its second baseman, and he remained with it until about three weeks ago when he went to Dallas, Texas, to accept of a professional engagement. Soon after his arrival there, he was prostrated with Texas fever and on July 4, while his comrades were out playing ball, he breathed his last. A dispatch from Dallas that afternoon apprised his friends and relatives here of his unexpected demise. The body was brought to St. Louis for interment and on its arrival here was taken charge of by Attorneys L. H. Hite, A. Flannigan, W. P. Launtz and W. H. Bennett.
The funeral took place from the residence of the father of deceased, Mortimer Millard, No. 808 Illinois Avenue, on Thursday afternoon the remains being taken to Bellefontaine Cemetery. There were many ball players present and the floral offerings were appropriate and beautiful. Beside his love for the game and his skill as a player, Frank was a lawyer in good standing at the East St. Louis bar and the members of that bar association met at the City Hall in East St. Louis on last Thursday night and passed appropriate resolutions referring to his death. At the time of his decease Frank was twenty seven years of age.