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Respected banker Harrison Frantz (inset) was drawn into a hotly contested child custody case involving his daughter Pearl. The photo shows the location of the 1905 abduction of his grandson Lawrence. He and Lawrence were walking from Second United Presbyterian Church to his home, at front, left, when Lawrence’s father jumped from a waiting carriage, pushed Frantz aside, and grabbed his son, driving east on Broadway until apprehended by two buggies in chase.

Sensational child custody case involved daughter of Monmouth banker

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Pearl Lindsay, seated at center with her son Lawrence at her feet, relaxes with friends on her front porch at 509 East Broadway in June 1903, shortly after a judge had awarded her custody of the boy.
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Pearl and her sons are featured in this cut from an April 1905 issue of the Chicago Inter Ocean, which details Clarence’s recent attempted kidnapping of Lawrence.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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