The Birth of Frank Shane

My dad, Frank Shane was born in Monticello Iowa on September 17, 1897 the son of Robert Nolan Shane and Susan Clara Samels.  Dad’s full name was Francis Leo Shane but he always went by “Frank” or sometimes F.L. Shane.  According to this certificate the family lived on Sycamore Street which is interesting since Robert Shane was a farmer and had inherited land in Delaware County after his Mother’s death.  I’m not sure why the family would be living in the city at this time and it’s one of those questions I’d like to talk over with my dad!


Birth certificate issued November 13, 1940 by affidavit of dad’s uncle, Nicholas D. Samels.  I think dad was applying for employment with the Federal Government and the birth certificate was required to proceed.

My grandmother, Susan Samels, made a list of her children on a lined tablet, and as you see she notes dad’s name is “Leo Francis” Shane instead of Francis Leo. Although most other records show him as Francis Leo or Frank, this note and the 1900 Federal Census for Hennepin County, Minnesota list him as “Leo-Francis” and “Leo-Fran”


Hand written notation of my dad’s birth…. I love that it’s in the handwriting of his Mother.


1900 U.S. Census for the City of Minneapolis showing dad’s name as “Leo-Fran”

Having more documents available for an event, in this case a birth certificate, personal note and census, doesn’t necessarily make for a clearer understanding of the facts.  I do know the above documents pertain to my dad, I just don’t know why his name is presented in two different orders.  Ah well…..


1.  Iowa,  State Department of Health, delayed birth certificate #3470 (1940) Francis Leo Shane, Division of Vital Statistics,  Minneapolis.  Certificate is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington.

2.  Personal note written by Susan (Samels) Shane, not dated.  Note is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

3.  1900 U.S. Census, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Minnesota, population schedule, sheet #7. Digital image, (; accessed March 21, 2009

March 22, 2009, Susan J. Edminster, All rights reserved.

Birth Certificate and Susan Samels list are the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

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