Mr. Frank B. Tesson

Frank Tesson, 49, was a United States citizen from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, traveling aboard Lusitania with his wife Alice. The Tessons had booked passage aboard Lusitania at the last moment, intending to go to Paris on a buying trip for John Wanamaker stores, where Frank Tesson was assistant manager of the shoe department. Both Frank and Alice were lost in the Lusitania sinking and their bodies were either not recovered or not identified. Frank Tesson was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, United States, the son of Emily Duncan Tesson. Frank also had a brother and two sisters. In August 1895, Tesson, then 29 years of age, married Alice E. Lowe Atkins, 40 who already had three sons from a previous marriage. Frank and Alice did not have children of their own. The youngest of Alice's sons, Roy, was born a cripple, and between 1895 and 1914 Roy lived with Frank and Alice when they lived in St. Louis, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; and New York City, New York. During 1914 and 1915, and short times in previous years, Roy lived with his brother William, and Frank and Alice paid for Roy's living expenses. Their home address in Philadelphia was 593 Riverside Drive. Tesson had been with John Wanamaker for 15 years, and for the last 7 as the head of the shoe department of the New York store. Mr. Tesson was Vice President of the Wanamaker Board of Trade; Vice President and Treasurer of the Anatomick Footwear Company of 116 East Thirteenth Street. Memorial services for Tesson were held in the Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church, Broad Street, Philadelphia, on Monday, 17 May 1915, at 4:30 p.m.

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Frank and Alice Tesson at the Mixed Claims Commission
Contributors: Judith Tavares References: Mixed Claims Commission, Docket Nos. 217, 293 & 544.

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