(Image credit – findagrave.com)
Frank Howard Buck was born March 17, 1884 in Gainesville, Texas to Howard Dewitt and Ada J. Sites Buck. By the time Frank was a teenager, his parents had moved to Dallas, Texas. He attended school through the seventh grade and was not considered to be a particularly good student, perhaps because he had many other varied interests. As a young adult he held a number of different jobs, including working as a cowboy. He also is said to have traveled as a hobo for a while. Buck moved to Chicago and began working at a hotel around 1900. There he met and married his first wife, Lillie West, some 29 years his senior.