"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 616-17
Frank M. Stephens. One of the native sons of Wayne township who here holds an assured place in popular confidence and esteem and who is one of the progressive merchants and public-spirited citizens of Huntington county is Frank M. Stephens, who is now serving as assessor of Wayne township. He was born on the parental homestead farm, in this township, on the 28th of November, 1879, and is a son of Andrew J. and Martha A. (Charles) Stephens, who still maintain their home in Wayne township and who are numbered among the well known and highly honored citizens of this part of the county. Of their three children the eldest is he whose name introduces this paragraph; Verne L. is a prosperous farmer of Wayne township; and Iva is the wife of Homer Idle, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Frank M. Stephens was reared to the sturdy discipline of the home farm and after completing the curriculum of the district school he continued his studies in the village schools until his graduation therein. He has been closely and effectually identified with agricultural pursuits and he continued as an able exponent of this basic line of industrial enterprise until 1912, in October of which year he purchased a stock of general merchandise in the village of Banquo, where he now controls a substantial and constantly expanding business, his distinctive personal popularity having contributed materially to his success as a merchant. He owns the ground and building utilized in his mercantile business, and he is one of the liberal and progressive citizens of his native township, where his circle of friends is limited only by that of his acquaintances. In politics Mr. Stephens is a stanch supporter of the cause of the democratic party, and as a candidate on its ticket he was elected township assessor in 1908, his effective service having led to his continuous retention in this office since that year. He and his wife are zealous members of the Christian church in their home village.
On the 24th of December, 1905, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Stephens to Miss Minnie Bodkin, who was born and reared in Pleasant township, this county, the date of her nativity having been November 17, 1888, and the one child of this union is Charline, a winsome little daughter who was born November 24, 1912.