Frank E. Schoolfield (October 28, 1861, Foster KY – January 2, 1939, Covington KY)
After the death of his parents, Schoolfield was raised in Newport, Kentucky by his maternal grandmother. Although he only received an eighth grade education, Schoolfield wrote over 100 pieces of poetry and is often considered the poet laureate of Northern Kentucky. Schoolfield’s poetry often dealt with the tragedies of the Civil War and the beauty of Kentucky nature. Though Schoolfield was encouraged to publish his works, he instead made his living as a foreman at the Houston, Stanwood & Gamble Company, producing steam engines and boilers. Schoolfield married and had two sons and two daughters before his death of stomach cancer at age 77.
“Covington Poet Shuns Acclaim,” Kentucky Post, April 15, 1938, 9.
“F.E. Schoolfield Succumbs at Age 78,” Kentucky Post, January 3, 1939, 1.
Kentucky Death Certificate No. 1802, for the year 1939.