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Canute Frankson


Frankson, Kanute. (Oliver), b. June 13 (April 13), 1890, Parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica, to the US  April 30, 1917; African American, Possibly attended college, Separated (Divorced), Mechanic, CP  December 1934 section organizer; Sailed April 21, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary, Arrived in Spain on May 10, 1937, Served with the International Auto Park, Albacete, Chief Mechanic, Returned to the US on September 24, 1938, aboard the President Harding, d. 1940s in an auto accident.

Sources: Cadre, RA, Marion Noble to Brooks.



Kanute Frankson was born in the Parish of St. Catherine, Old Harbor, Jamaica on April 13, 1890. In 1917, together with his wife, Rachel, he emigrated to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, where Frankson worked as a machinist. Frankson eventually settled in Detroit, where he worked in the auto industry. Frankson joined the Communist Party in 1934. He sailed for Europe aboard the Queen Mary on April 21, 1937. In Spain, skilled machinists were scarce and Frankson with his proven ability was rapidly promoted. He was appointed Head Mechanic at the International Garage in Albacete. Fellow International Garage veteran, Marion Noble, noted that Frankson's fluency in Spanish was a great asset and that many hours of his free time were spent teaching engine repair classes to young Spaniards. Frankson returned to the United States aboard the President Harding on September 24, 1938. Frankson was killed in an auto accident in either 1939 or 1940. - Chris Brooks



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