Portrait from the 1909 Kansas Legislative composite.
I can always county on Kansas to "deliver the goods" when it comes to new name discoveries. Over the past few years, a number of oddly named Kansas political figures have been profiled here, Ortho O. Wolfe, DeLanson A.N. Chase, Wentzle A. Stewart, and Peru Italian Blackerby Ping being among them. That list of intriguingly named Kansans is joined today by a man who sports one of the most unlikely names you'll ever read about......San Francisco!!
Before anyone accuses me of making up a name to post here, I can assure you that Mr. Francisco was an actual person, and while he shares his name with the famed California city, isn't believed to have had any connection with that area (despite the latter portion of his life being spent in the neighboring city of San Diego.) A one-term member of the Kansas State House of Representatives, little could be found on Mr. Francisco, hence why his article here will be on the short side!
Born in Adair County, Missouri on April 15, 1881, San Francisco was a son of James Detroit and Mary Ellen Hilton Francisco. Research has shown that by 1900 San Francisco was a resident of Ingalls in Gray County, Kansas and married there in December 1902 to Enid Studebaker, with whom he would have one daughter, Enid Elaine (1915-1996).
Sometime following his marriage San Francisco removed to the neighboring town of Cimarron and was still a resident of that town when he became the Democratic nominee for the Kansas State House of Representatives. Remarked as being one of the youngest candidates ever to run for representative, the 1908 Topeka Journal (article below) notes that Francisco's name would be of aid during the upcoming campaign!
San Francisco would win election to the Kansas legislature in late 1908 and served during the 1909-11 session. During this term, Francisco held seats on the committees on Irrigation, Horticulture and Forestry, and Banks and Baking. Around this same time, he became affiliated with the Capricorn Mining Company in California, of which he would serve as President.
From the Topeka State Journal, April 22, 1908.
Following his time in state government, San Francisco served as a Vice President and director of the Gray County State Bank at Cimarron. San Francisco later removed to San Diego, California, where he died in 1939. He was later interred at the Greenwood Memorial Park in that city and was survived by his wife Enid, who died in 1945.
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