Frank Westley Merritt, 1937, Hamilton College Frank Westley Merritt, 1951 Bucknell University Yearbook Born: September 12, 1910, son of Benjamin F. Merritt and Margaret Emma Mahady

Died: January 15, 1997

Married: August 3, 1940, Priscilla Steenken (her brother was Dr. William Steenken). The family is buried in St. John's in the Wilderness Episcopal Cemetery.

Frank Westley Merritt was the Head of the English department at Bucknell University.

Catoalog of Copyright Entries, Part 1, 1933 Library of Congress Copyright Office, page 55

Scattered leaves; a 1-act play by Bruce Hazard [psed. of F. Merritt] copyrighted 1 c. Feb. 11, 1933; D20799; Frank Merritt, Saranac Lake, N. Y. 1219

Lake Placid News, April 26, 1935

Sumac YMA Gets Prize For Short Story

Unusual literary honors have come to Frank Merritt of Saranac Lake in winning first prize for short story writing in a national contest in which students at 2,000 American high schools competed.

A jury composed of four leading figures in the short story and novel field awarded Mr. Merritt first place among the thousands of manuscripts submitted. They are Edward J. O'Brien, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Percival Hunt and Helen Ferris.

A prize of $50 accompanied the high literary honor. The competition is sponsored by Scholastic, American high school weekly for creative effort in art and literature. An International Scholastic Art exhibit opened yesterday at Carnegie institute, Pittsburg, and includes a literary division in which Mr. Merritt's manuscript is included.

Saturday of this week is the publication date of a special, student- written issue of "Scholastic" an anthology of high school student writing, in which his story will appear.

His short story is entitled "A Game of Checkers," and was one of two submitted by the young author.

Utica Daily Press, Wednesday, November 16, 1938

Hamilton Seniors Elect Class Officers

Hamilton College — Samuel L. Lake, Pleasantville was elected president of the Hamilton College senior class yesterday.

Frank W. Merritt, Saranac Lake, was named vicepresident (sic) and William G. Tice, Westfield, N. J. secretary-treasurer........

Merritt is the editor of the Royal Gaboon, Hamilton campus comic magazine and is a varsity debator. He was inducted recently into Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity. He is a member of Delta Upsilon.........

Daily Sentinel, Rome, N. Y., June 10, 1939

Hamilton College......Frank W. Merritt of Saranac Lake, one of the members of the senior class who is to be graduated Monday, was appointed for one year as instructor in public speaking with the Hamilton faculty.

Merritt will continue work he has done during the past year as undergraduate assistant in public speaking, and will combine his teaching with studies leading toward a doctorate.

Plattsburgh Press-Republican, October 13, 1945

Frank W. Merritt, honor student and valedictorian at Saranac Lake High school, graduate of Hamilton college where he was also an honor student, is assistant professor of English composition and public speaking at Princeton university.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 18, 1956

There was a news story yesterday about the appointment of Dr. Frank W. Merritt as director of the Bucknell University summer session. Dr. Merritt is professor of speech at Bucknell. It is interesting to note that not only did he graduate from the Saranac Lake High School, as reported yesterday, but he did so after taking his courses in bed as a TB patient of Dr. Edward Packard. His mother is Mrs. Frank Merritt, of Saranac Lake and he is married to the former Priscilla Steenken, sister of Dr. William Steenken, Jr.

Report of a Case of Tuberculosis

Frank Merritt Present Address: 44 Petrova Avenue Former Address: Woodhaven, L. I. Age: 19 Occupation: Salesman Advanced T. B. Present

1/24/1930 Attending Physician: Packard


2011-01-14 13:32:40   Mary Hotaling - I saw you checked Patient Cards for Kodim—Could you please check to see if there is a Patient Card for Frank—Thank you so much Stephanie —StephanieRybicki

Stephanie — Joseph was the only Kodim in the card file. Sorry! No Elsie Steiner either. But we did meet a gentleman, Nick Mitchell, who worked for the Post Office and remembered Elsie Steiner Kodim's name. Best regards, Mary

Regarding the article above, "Sumac YMA Gets Prize . . .": There was a singer named Yma Sumac. I don't see the connection with the short story, though. — Mary

2011-01-14 14:51:10   Mary You misunderstood—I was wondering if there is a card for Frank MERRITT —Thank you —StephanieRybicki

2011-01-19 09:54:53   Stephanie, I found him! Information above. —MaryHotaling

2011-01-19 12:35:30   Mary, Thank you so much. I had no idea that cards existed untill I saw the comments about Kodim. I have another for you please see my comment on William Steenken page.—-Thank you again, Stephanie —