Death calls F. M. M’Cully,
Passes away after a sinking spell yesterday morning Funeral Thursday
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Frank M. McCully, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction, died at 5:30 o’clock yesterday morning…underwent an operation for removal of gall stones about ten days ago. The operation was successful but his condition was so enfeebled by the progress of the disease attended by kidney trouble of a similar nature that he failed to rally and rapidly became worse. Saturday and Sunday death was fought off by the injection of saline solution but on Monday he rallied perceptibly and strong hope of his ultimate recovery was entertained. At four o’clock yesterday morning a sinking spell occurred and death occurred an hour and a half later.”
“The flags on all the school buildings and upon the State Capitol Building were at half mast yesterday in respect to his memory…The Elks, of which Mr. McCully was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. Interment will be in Masonic cemetery.”
Of Scotch descent; descendants first settled in New Brunswick [wrong]; later pioneers of Ohio, where his father was born in 1829; came to OR overland in 1852; Frank’s father died earlier this year (1907) at the home of his daughter in OR.
Frank b. 2 Oct 1857 Harrisburg, OR; moved to Salem with family in 1866; graduated from Willamette U. in B. S. in 1877; went into newspaper work, being associated with the Columbia Chronicle (Dayton, WA), Pomeroy Republican (Pomeroy, WA), and Wallowa Chieftain for 6 yrs. In 1884 he established the School Journal at Dayton, went on to publish it five years at Ellensburg. Later in Olympia, he edited the Washington School Journal.
He was City Superintendent of Dayton school for 6 yrs; of the Ellensburg schools for 8 yrs; Columbia County School Superintendent 1879-1881; School Superintendent of Wallowa Co., OR, 1889-1891; in 1901 appointed Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, and in 1905 to Assistant Superintendent. He and Emma Carson had three children, only one of who survives (Merritt, attending State College in Pullman, WA).
Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA), 13 Mar 1907, p.1.5.
Contributed By:Sandy Wilbur