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Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cheatham, Frank Sellars, 1898-1977.
Creator: Cheatham, Frank Sellars, 1924-2008.
Creator: Cheatham, Margaret Caldwell
Title: Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., family papers
Dates: 1899-2008, undated
Extent: 10.0 cubic feet (13 boxes, 7 oversize folders, 8 scrapbooks, 1 sketchbook, 1 record book)
Identification: MS 1699

Biographical/Historical Note

Judge Frank Sellars Cheatham, Jr. was born on January 11, 1924 to the late Frank and Margaret Cheatham. He contracted polio in October of 1925 and began treatment in Warm Springs, Georgia every summer from 1933 to 1938. While there he met President Franklin D. Roosevelt and drew strength from the "Roosevelt spirit", going on to graduate from Savannah High School in 1942 and Armstrong Junior College in 1944. He attended the University of Georgia from 1944 to 1948, gaining a BA in 1946 and was awarded membership in several organizations, including the Gridiron Society, the Blue Key National Honor Society, Omicron Delta National Honor Society, and the Sphinx Club. In 1948 Cheatham graduated with a law degree and returned to Savannah to practice, forming the Cheatham and Exley Law Firm in 1949. In 1953, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and remained there through 1960. While serving, he was Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 1958 and 1959. In 1972, Governor Jimmy Carter appointed Cheatham to the Eastern Judicial Circuit as a Superior Court Judge, a post that he held for 21 years, retiring in 1993. Frank Cheatham Jr. died in 2008.

Judge Cheatham was active in many civic and professional organizations. He chaired several fundraisers for the March of Dimes, was president of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Savannah in 1964 (in which the Habersham branch was built), and was an active member of Wesley Monumental Methodist Church. He was the past president of the Savannah Bar Association, the Judicial Council of Georgia, and the Savannah Kiwanis Club. He married former Rebecca McCrary and had one daughter, Margaret Cheatham, and a stepdaughter, Lara Brotherton.

Frank S. Cheatham Jr. is the only son of Frank Sellars Cheatham, Sr., (1898-1977) and Margaret Caldwell Cheatham (1901-1997) who married in 1921. Frank Sellars Cheatham, Sr., worked as a draftsman for the Central of Georgia Railroad until the mid-1940s when he left to work for Prudential Insurance. After retiring in 1963, he turned his attention to his art career, writing, and genealogical research on the Cheatham family. Margaret Caldwell Cheatham was a homemaker and active in church and civic activities.


Scope and Content Note

The Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., family papers consist of materials of Frank S. Cheatham Jr., and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., and cover the life of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., from childhood to his retirement as a Superior Court Judge and death in 2008. The papers include articles, clippings, correspondence, condolence letters, campaign fliers, genealogical materials, funeral guest books, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, artwork by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., and Alec Stern, and audiovisual materials. Many of the letters to Frank S. Cheatham Jr., from his father are accompanied by illustrated envelopes.

The papers are arranged into seven series: 1. Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., papers; 2. Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., papers; 3. Cheatham family genealogy materials; 4. Scrapbooks; 5. Photographic materials; 6. Artwork; and 7. Audiovisual materials. Arrangement of the collection was imposed by the processor due to lack of original order.


Index Terms

Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Cheatham family.
Cheatham, Frank Sellars, 1898-1977.
Cheatham, Frank Sellars, 1924-2008.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Judges--Georgia--Savannah.
Photographs.
Poliomyelitis.
Postage stamps.
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Scrapbooks.
Sheet music.
Slides (photographs)
Sound recordings.
Stamp albums.
University of Georgia.
Video recordings.
Warm Springs (Ga.)

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

The Georgia Historical Society does not own playback equipment required for use of audio recordings and video recordings.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., family papers, MS 1699, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., 2005; gift of Becky Cheatham, 2009.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Two items in box 6, folder 3 are restricted until 09/20/2018. Redacted copies reside in place of the originals.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and as the owner of copyright in items created by the donor. Although copyright was transferred by the donor, copyright in some items in the collection may still be held by their respective creator(s). For further information contact the Division of Library and Archives.


Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

SERIES 1:: Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., papers, 1921-1979, undated

This series contains art resources, clippings, correspondence of Margaret Caldwell Cheatham and Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., Mr. Cheatham's files on the Friction Spring Gear, writings by Mr. Cheatham, and a Solomon's Lodge file that includes artwork by Mr. Cheatham. Correspondence from Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., may be found in other series as it relates to his son's activities.
Artist literature, annotated

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101-21972, 1975, 1977, undated

Box

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11Certificate and marriage license, 1921, 1949
Clippings

Box

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12Art articles and notes, 1964-1975, undated
3Miscellaneous, 1946-1966, undated
4Scrapbook clippings, 1963
Correspondence

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15Margaret Caldwell Cheatham (Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr.), 1926, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1945-1947, 1977, undated
Frank S. Cheatham, Sr.
6Regarding loans borrowed/paid, 1933-1935, 1939
7With V.W. Pierce, regarding rental space, 1942
8Regarding Prudential Insurance employment; employment contract, 1945-1946
9Ephemera, including patch, whistle, mirror, printing plates, button, ribbon, undated
Friction Spring Center Draft Gear

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110"F-S-C Draft Gear" by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., undated
11Patent to Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1932
14Index Card File of the condolences sent upon the death of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1977
15-16Memory book of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 2 letters from Lara, Tom Coffey article, 1977
13Papers regarding construction of house, 1957
12Solomon's Lodge By-Laws, letterhead, Masonic Messenger (cover art by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr.), 1977-1979
13Savannah Association of Life Underwriters roster, Frank S. Cheatham as president, 1957
Writings by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr.
Sheet music

Box

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21"I Will Be Waiting For You", undated
2"This Old Town Is Proud of You, Bill", undated
3Stories and essays, circa 1965
4Stories, essays, and theological writing, circa 1965
 

SERIES 2:: Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., papers, 1928-2004, undated

The series consists of two subseries: 2.1, Boyhood and College Materials; and 2.2, Career Materials.



SUBSERIES 2.1:: Boyhood and college materials, 1928-1976, undated

This subseries contains items belonging to Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., from his boyhood through his college career. Included is correspondence with his parents during his time at Warm Springs, Georgia, his stamp collection, and newspaper clippings of his accomplishments at Armstrong Junior College and the University of Georgia.

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25Bible of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., 1933
6Clippings, 1938-1947
Correspondence
7Outgoing to Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1938, 1940, 1945, 1976, undated
Incoming
8From Margaret Caldwell Cheatham, 1933, 1936
9From Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1933, 1938, undated
10From Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1929, 1933, 1936
11From Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1936.
121940, 1945-1948, undated
13-14Miscellaneous incoming, 1936, 1945-1947

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31Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., to Emory University, regarding Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. course selection, 1942
2Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., to the University of Georgia, regarding Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., 1945
3Stories, schoolwork, drawings, treasure map, 1944-1948
4University of Georgia material including graduation programs, graduation invitation, Sigma Alpha Epsilon membership list, Sigma Alpha Epsilon invitation to formal, schedule, nomination card, and receipt, 1944-1948
Stamp collection materials
5 The Modern Postal Stamp Album, Scott Stamp and Coin Co., New York, 1928
6 The International Postage Stamp Album, Scott Stamp and Coin Co., New York, 1935

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41Loose items from Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., stamp collection
Envelope 1: Africa
Envelope 2: Asia and the Middle East
Envelope 3: Australia and the Pacific
Envelope 4: Central and South America, Caribbean islands
Envelope 5: Europe
Envelope 6: France
Envelope 7: Germany
Envelope 8: United States and Canada
Envelope 9: Stamps fixed together
Envelope 10: Stamps in mint or near-mint condition
2 envelopes with stamps affixed: Mexico, Greece
3 United States Franklin D. Roosevelt First Day Issue Envelopes: Washington D.C., June 27, 1945; Hyde Park, N.Y., July 26, 1945; Warm Springs, GA, August 26, 1945



SUBSERIES 2.2:: Career materials, 1948-2008, undated

Subseries 2.2 consists of items concerning the career of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. Included in this subseries are clippings from 1948 until his retirement in 1993, campaign fliers, and articles. Also included are speeches, notes, and correspondence authored by Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. and materials related to his death.
Clippings
21948-1952
31953-1971
41972-1987, 1993, 1999, undated
5Clippings and programs, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1978, 1980-1981, 1985, 1989

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3Commissions of Judgeship, 1972, 1982
Correspondence
6Outgoing, 1972, 1992
Incoming
71958, 1963, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997-2000, undated
8Birthday cards sent to Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., and Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., undated
9From S. Ernest Vandiver, includes portrait copy, 1979
10Regarding newspaper article, 1985
Death materials, 2008

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11-12; 131Condolence letters

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132-3Funeral books
4Memorials and resolutions
11Junior Chamber of Commerce certificate, Citizens Committee Candidates, 1951, undated

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1013Kiwanis International Golden Service Award, 1965
12-13Reports for Griffenhagen and Associates and Dr. Thomas S. Reed, 1937, 1947, 1950, 1953
14Sigma Alpha Epsilon 50 year membership certificate and letter, 1995
15Speeches and notes, 1948, 1950-1951, 2004, undated

Fldr

6Warm Springs Advisory Committee, 2001
 

SERIES 3:: Cheatham family genealogy materials, 1952-1976, undated

This series consists of Cheatham family genealogy information researched by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., Margaret Caldwell Cheatham, and Frank S. Cheatham, Jr.

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51Coat of arms, undated
Ancestral Record Book of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., undated

Box

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52Correspondence of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., and Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., 1952, 1960, 1967, 1969-1970, 1976, undated
Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., files

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53Miscellaneous genealogy, 1950s-1970s
4Genealogy and writing, circa 1965
5German Heritage Society Certificate, correspondence of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. regarding Sons of American Revolution application, Sons of American Revolution application, undated
Research files

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56Caldwell family genealogy information, 1969-1970, undated
Cheatham family
7Savannah Public Library notes, undated
8Virginia research, 1963, undated
9Cheatham, Bryan families, 1955, undated
10Cheatham, Hancock, Bryan families, 1960, undated
11Pedigree charts and family group sheets of Cheatham and Caldwell families, undated
 

SERIES 4:: Scrapbooks, 1924-1997, undated

This series consists of scrapbooks belonging to Judge Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. Material in the books includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, certificates, forms, ribbons, and buttons. Books 5, 7, 8, and 9 were photocopied for preservation purposes and original material removed from the scrapbooks is notated with original page numbers. Loose material found in the books is housed in separate folders. This series also includes an index file of the major events in the life of Frank Cheatham, Jr., with references to the scrapbooks.

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512-13Index file of the major events in the life of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr., 1943-1976
Book no. 1, 1924 to April 13, 1951

Box

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514Loose material, 1942-1947, undated
Original scrapbook
Book no 2, April 13, 1951 to October 22, 1953

Box

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515Loose material, 1953, 1976, undated
Original scrapbook
Book no. 3, October 22, 1953 to September 3, 1956

Box

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516Loose material, 1954, 1956, 1980, 1989
17Material removed from pages 1-24, 1953, undated
Original scrapbook

Box

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101Photocopies of original pages 1-24
Book no. 4, September 13, 1956 to December 28, 1959

Box

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518Loose material, 1958, undated
Original scrapbook
Book no. 5, January 1, 1960 to October 5, 1966
Loose material

Box

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611930-1947, 1962, 1987, undated
5Oversize, circa 1953
2Material removed from pages 41-129, 1960-1966
2-4Photocopies of original scrapbook
Book no. 6, October 13, 1966 to March 5, 1972

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63Loose material, 1943, 1967-1972, undated
Original scrapbook
Book no. 7, March 23, 1972 to November 26, 1976
Loose material
41968-1981, undated
9Oversize, 1972, 1982
5Material removed from pages 1-16, 1971-1972
6Material removed from pages 17-28, 1972
7Material removed from pages 29-103, 1972-1976
8Material removed from pages 104-112, 1976
6-8Photocopies of original scrapbook
Book no. 8, 1976-1979

Box

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69Loose material, 1986-1987
10Material removed from pages 1-15, 1976-1977, undated

Box

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1010Photocopies of original scrapbook
Book no. 9, 1972-1985

Box

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611Photocopies of original scrapbook
Judge Cheatham in Print, Volume I, 1978-1985
Original scrapbook
Judge Cheatham in Print, Volume II, 1986-1993

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612Loose material, 1942, 1977-1979, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1990-1991, 1993, 1996-1997, undated
Original scrapbook
"A Retirement Keepsake", 1993

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613Loose material, 1992-1995, undated
Original scrapbook
 

SERIES 5:: Photographic materials, 1899-1989, undated

This series consists of photographs and slides taken throughout the lives of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., Margaret Caldwell Cheatham, and Frank S. Cheatham, Jr. There are also materials of identified and unidentified family friends, Savannah locations, Warm Springs locations, Caldwell Family genealogy sites, and artwork. This series is organized into two subseries: 5.1, Photographs; and 5.2, Slides.



SUBSERIES 5.1:: Photographs, 1899-1989, undated

This subseries contains photographs of the Cheatham family and their acquaintances including the boyhood of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr.; the courtship and marriage of Frank S. Cheatham, Sr. and Margaret Caldwell Cheatham; infancy, youth, education, and career of Frank S. Cheatham, Jr.; and various identified and unidentified family friends. Also included are images of artwork, buildings, locations, hurricane damage, gravestones, monuments, and furniture. Many of the photographs have corresponding negatives. Where negatives exist, negative numbers have been written on the backs of photographs.

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71Artwork, 1973, undated
2Buildings, undated
Geographical places
3Fairfield County, South Carolina: Caldwell family history trip, 1969
4Warm Springs, 1942, undated
5Hurricane, Savannah, Georgia, 1940
6Interior scenes, 1960, 1961, undated
Outdoor scenes
71934, 1960, 1973, undated

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1017Oversize, undated
People
8Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1899, 1917, undated
Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., and Margaret Caldwell Cheatham
91917-1921, undated
101932, 1939-1940, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1989, undated
Frank S. Cheatham, Jr.
111924-1930, 1932, undated
121935, 1938-1940, 1946-1948, undated
131957, 1959, 1962-1963, 1965, 1967, 1970, undated. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.
141973, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988-1989, undated
161948, undated
15Other people
Wesley Monumental Methodist Church, Delta Alpha, circa 1928 or 1929
Earl Stradtman, 1929
John "Jack" E. O'Neal, Jr., circa 1943
Stephen Clark Dearing, 1967
A. Kennon Dearing III, 1968
Ralph A Lee, Sr., 1969
Phillip Lee, 1969
Chloe Lee, 1969
Peter Austin Lee, 1969
John Morris, undated
John Arnold, undated
Col. Roger L. Lawson, undated
Unidentified
16-171960-1961, 1964, 1976, undated

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4Groups, 1959, 1968, undated



SUBSERIES 5.2:: Slides, 1959-1963, undated

This subseries contains slides on various subjects including buildings, people, the home of Frank, Sr., and Margaret Cheatham, Savannah, and the Georgia legislature.

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81Basketball, undated
2Georgia legislature, undated
3House of Frank, Sr., and Margaret Cheatham, 1959-1960, undated
Savannah
4Buildings, 1963, undated
5Harbor, undated
Unidentified
6Locations, undated
7People, 1959- 1962, undated
 

SERIES 6:: Artwork, 1967-1976, undated

This series consists of prints of artwork by Alec Stern and Frank Cheatham, Sr. The Frank Cheatham prints feature scenes of Savannah and public safety ads for the Central of Georgia Railway. The Alec Stern prints feature buildings and items important in to American Independence. The collection also includes printings of Frank Cheatham, Sr.'s work for church programs, personal Christmas cards, his sketchbook, and loose sketches.

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1018Artwork by Alec Stern, undated
Artwork by Frank Cheatham

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881967, undated

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10151970-1973, 1976

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7"Shrimp Boats" print, 1973
Frank Cheatham, Sr., sketchbook, undated

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1014Loose pages from sketchbook, undated

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5Landscape painting by Frank S. Cheatham, Sr., 1969

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1-2Public safety posters, undated
 

SERIES 7:: Audiovisual materials, 1953-1989, undated

This series consists of VHS tapes and audio recordings on ¼" magnetic recording tape reels. Please note: The Georgia Historical Society does not own playback equipment required to use this material.
Sound recordings

Box

9City Committee: 'That I Solemnly Promise', 10/20/1953
City Committee Talk: Last Words, Election Next Wednesday, 10/17/1953
Savannah Gas Company off-air-recording" and "Broadcast of 'Savannah Speaks: State Port', May 18, 1953
Savannah Speaks, Part 1, 5/10/1953
WSAV, 9/29/1953
Untitled, undated. Two reels
Video recordings

Box

950 th ASC Birthday/Anniversary Television Program on WTOC plus Cheatham out-takes, undated
F. Cheatham Jaycee Forum 1989
Interview on JFK Anniversary 11/83 and Savannah Symphony Auction, Sunday, 10/30/1983
Untitled, undated. Two cassettes
 
Artifacts
A-1699-001 Souvenir scarf printed with images of Savannah and "Dedication Savannah State Docks, Nov. 11, 1952 - 41st Convention American Association Port Authorities" View online.
A-1699-002 Judge Cheatham’s lapel pin from the YMCA View online.
A-1699-003 Yellow tassel View online.
A-1699-004 Child’s microscope science kit View online.
A-1699-005 Scripto mechanical pencil leads View online.
A-1699-006 Rite-Rite mechanical pencil View online.
A-1699-007 Pair of men’s dress shoes with the left shoe attached to a leg brace View online.
A-1699-008 Long shoehorn made of shaped and polished antler View online.
A-1699-009 Two sets of metal tongs used by Frank Cheatham to aid in dressing View online.
A-1699-010 Pair of metal crutches View online.
A-1699-011 Handmade wooden plane made by Frank Cheatham, Sr. for Frank Cheatham, Jr. View online.