|| Frank Y. Grayson was an excellent sports writer for the
Times Star - a newspaper man for 66 years. His wife, Daisy, was an
excellent seamstress and also did beautiful hand work. She made
quilts for each of the Brown's (734 Park) children when they were born. Their
son, Ray, had a childhood disease which left him deaf. He learned to
lip read and was excellent at it. His wife, Edna, was both deaf and
mute. Nancy was their daughter. Frank & Daisy's
daughter Margaret married Loren Gatch and it was for them that 104
Miami was built. Margaret later married Dick Booze and lived in
Frank Y. Grayson was
born 10 August 1872 and died 9 February 1955, aged 82 years. Daisy B.
Grayson was born 2 October 1878 and died 15 March 1951, aged 72 years.
Their son, Raymond Grayson, was born 21 June 1901 and died 8 September 1970,
aged 69 years. They are all buried in Section 19 of Greenlawn
Cemetery, Milford OH, Craver Funeral Home.
747 Park Avenue and the Grayson Family (information
from 2008 House Tour)
747 Park Avenue
was built in 1914 by George H. Eveland.
In 1920 he sold it to Miles and Harry Eveland who sold it in 1922
to Frank Y. and Daisy B. Grayson. According
to the 1920 census they were already renters there in 1920 with their
18-year-old son Raymond and their 16-year-old daughter Margaret.
As is quite common we learn about Frank Y. Grayson through his
obituary in 1955.
Grayson, a newspaperman for 66 years, died Wednesday at his home, 747 Park
Avenue, Terrace Park.
Although he retired
15 months ago from the Times-Star sports department, Frank Grayson never
could be idle. He was using a
sickle to cut grass behind his home when he collapsed from a heart attack.
will be best remembered for the 25 years that he covered the Cincinnati
Reds. But Frank Grayson always thought of himself as a
“newspaperman,” rather than a sports specialist.
was a self-made, self-educated Hamilton county writer from the word go.
He was born
82 years ago near New Haven, and at 14 quit school to go to work at $1.50
per week for a furniture company in Harrison, O.
After a few years of that, he opened the first drug store soda
fountain in Harrison, and started his newspaper career writing for the
town’s two weekly newspapers and the Times-Star.
the turn of the century he was hired as a fulltime reporter by the
Enquirer. For eight years he covered police, politics, and the Kentucky
feuds, and left the Enquirer in 1908 to take a job with the city
In 1925 until he
retired in 1955, Mr. Grayson wrote about the Reds, traveling with the team
and following them from last place to two World Series and one world
He was married to
Mrs. Daisy Grayson in 1900. Mrs.
Grayson died in 1951, several months after the Graysons celebrated their
golden wedding anniversary. He
leaves a son, Raymond Grayson, of Mariemont, a daughter, Mrs. Margaret
Booze, of Indian Hill, a grand daughter, Nancy Grayson, and a sister, Mrs.
Lola Morgan of Indian Hill.”
Grayson was an excellent seamstress and also did beautiful handiwork.
She made quilts for each of Bruce and Liza Brown’s children when
they were born. Their son Ray
had a childhood disease that left him deaf.
He learned to be an excellent lip reader. His wife, Edna, was both deaf and mute. Their daughter was Nancy Budd Grayson. Frank and Daisy’s daughter, Margaret, first married Loren
Gatch and it was for them that 104 Miami Avenue was built.
Lou Smith wrote about Frank as a person.
“A wonderful guy and a true friend became just a memory yesterday
when word came that Frank Y. Grayson had been called ‘out’ by the
supreme Official Scorer – his Maker.
‘Pop,’ as he was affectionately know to me, and his legions of
friends, was a great guy. I
know, for I spent 17 enjoyable years covering the baseball beat with him.
His was a friendship that battled for you when you were wrong.
He was first to brag about you when you did something good.
Pop was one of the few baseball writers I knew who I never heard a
ball player say a mean word about. And for a good reason. He
operated on the theory – which is conspicuous by its absence in baseball
writing today – that if you can’t say something nice about a player,
don’t say anything.
He was excellent company and a great storyteller.
He was a human who lived every minute, ate, drank and made merry.
But I couldn’t tell you one mistake Pop made during his long
career as baseball writer for Times-Star.
Only last Monday night I was in Pop’s company at Russ Olsner’s
annual baseball party at his tavern in Lookout Heights.
He amused all who sat at the table with him with amusing anecdotes
and stories, all of which he told well and with a merry twinkle in his
Pop also was looking with great anticipation to another trip to the
Red’s baseball training camp at Tampa.
Now he’s gone. And
the old wooden bleachers at Plant Field, where Pop used to regale brother
baseball writers and followers of the Reds with his countless stories
won’t seem the same”.
747 Park Avenue
Points of Interest (from 2008 House Tour)
1) 747 Park Avenue
was originally a mirror image of 748 Park Avenue, except for one bay
window on the 2nd floor of
748 Park and the fact that 747 is wood and 748 is brick.
2) 1999 renovation
attempted to maintain exterior integrity, blend with Park Avenue
streetscape, and maintain interior trim style.
Also matched living room floor in the 1st floor addition – but
couldn’t get planks that were as wide.
On tour day the floor will be marked with blue painter’s tape so
that people can see where walls were before renovations.
3) Frank Y.
Grayson was a sportswriter for the Cincinnati Times Star and an author.
Present owners have one of his books, which is displayed on the
4) Home passed from
father, Frank Grayson, to son, Ray. Ray’s
widow sold to present owners in 1994.
5) Part of the
garage served as a workshop for the Graysons.
6) Western Avenue
used to run alongside this house. The
street was closed when the
lumberyard was sold for