Biography of Frank Austin Bond
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FRANK AUSTIN BOND, a distinguished figure in commercial affairs in Western Massachusetts, who in his position as a widely known cotton broker, is in close touch at all times with relevant affairs, both in New England and in the South, and his expert attention to his work is a constructive influence of more than passing significance. Mr. Bond is an able and efficient executive and is a son of John A. and Anna Belle (Kimbell) Bond. His father, who died in 1922, was a prominent hotel proprietor of North Adams and was for many years a member of the city council and chairman of Berkshire County Commissioners. The mother is still living.
Frank Austin Bond was born in North Adams, March 11, 1889, and following his early attendance at the public schools he graduated from Drury High School in the class of 1908. His classical course was covered at Cornell University, from which he graduated in the class of 1912, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Upon the completion of his studies, Mr. Bond identified himself with the cotton brokerage business and has continued since along this general line of activity. He now represents Anderson, Clayton & Company, of Houston, Texas, in New England, and this important affiliation places him among the leaders in his field in the East. Mr. Bond is a trustee of the Hoosac Savings Bank of North Adams and a member and at this time (1924) president of the North Adams Chamber of Commerce.
A Republican by political affiliation, Mr. Bond has for some years been chairman of the Republican City Committee of North Adams and during the years 1917 to 1920 inclusive, he served as a member of the school committee. He is further active in public affairs as trustee of the Public Library and lends his influence to every worthy movement. During the World War, Mr. Bond enlisted for service, October 7, 1917, and was active until December 31, 1918. He was first a private at Camp Devens, Massachusetts, and later a first lieutenant. He was first with the 15th Depot Brigade and was then transferred to the Replacement Camp at Camp Gordon, Georgia, as a member of the Second Regiment Fraternally he is affiliated with the Free and Accepted Masons and all bodies of the Masonic Order, including the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and he is a member of the North Adams Country, the Berkshire, the Kiwanis and the Cornell, New York City and New England clubs. His religious affiliation is with the First Congregational Church, of which he is a member of the finance committee.