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Frank Lucius Packard (1877 - 1942)

Frank Lucius Packard
Born in Montréal, Québec, Canadamap
Son of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 24 Apr 1901 (to 5 Aug 1901) in Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario, Canadamap
Husband of — married 31 Aug 1910 in Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canadamap
[children unknown]
Died in Lachine, Québec, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Dec 2019
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Frank L. Packard was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and civil engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Over his lifetime, he published more than 30 books, mostly crime fiction. His most popular novel was The Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1917), the first in the Gray Seal series.

Born in 1877 in Montréal, [1]he was the son of Lucius Henry Packard and Mary Frances Joslin. His mother died shortly after his birth. He graduated from McGill University in 1897 and took a post-graduate course at the Institut Montefiore at the Université de Liège, Belgium. He then worked as a civil engineer. His writing career began in 1906 with the publication of the first of the more than 150 stories and articles he wrote for American magazines.[2] By 1910 he gave his occupation as "author and editor."[3]

He married Gertrude Edwards in 1901. [4]After her death, he married Marguerite McIntyre in 1910.[5][6] From 1912-13, they took a South Seas trip on the SS Wakanui, a steam ship owned by the New Zealand Shipping Company.[7][8]

He died in 1942 in Lachine, Québec. He is commemorated by a plaque in the Writers' Chapel of the church he attended in Montreal, St. James the Apostle Anglican Church.[9]


  1. "Canada Census, 1891," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 August 2016), Frank Packard, St Laurent Ward, Montréal Centre, Quebec, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148210.
  2. The Canadian Encyclopedia
  3. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 December 2019), Frank L Packard in household of Roseltha Johnson, Manhattan Ward 15, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 827, sheet 4B, family 106, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1031; FHL microfilm 1,375,044.
  4. "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Frank Lucius Packhard and Gertrude M Edwards, 24 Apr 1901; citing registration , Carleton Place, Lanark, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,080.
  5. "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Frank Lucius Packard and Marguerite Pearl Macintyre, 31 Aug 1910; citing registration , Owen Sound, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,887,239.
  6. "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), Frank Packard, 1911; citing Census, Jacques-Cartier Sub-Districts 16-60, Quebec, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,550.
  7. Library and Archives Canada, Frank L. Packard fonds
  8. "California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), F L Packard, 1913; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,465,632.
  9. McGillis, I. (2015, Oct 17). A hidden literary gem; downtown montreal church contains a little-known landmark honouring montreal's great english-language literary figures. Montreal Gazette Retrieved from ProQuest

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