Capturing Beauty “Rosebud”

My autobiography ‘Capturing Beauty’ is about a failed artist who lost everything in life because he was not succesful and famous. However, did I achieve what I set out to achieve, i.e. capturing beauty as no one has captured beauty before?

In a letter about his new movie ‘Citizen Kane’ Orson Welles said he wanted to write about a billionaire who was ultimately a failure. With all his money, he failed to capture the meaning and pertinence of his life, until the very end of his life, when he whispers the one most famous name in movie history “Rosebud!”

When I was sixteen Rosemary moved her four children to West Los Angeles. One day I had the urge to go horseback riding. I found a stable and took a long bus ride to get to it. A hour later, I and my horse stood on the crest of a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles. It was a beautiful sight. J. Paul Getty would build his museum here.

Christine and Garth Benton were friends of the Getty family. Garth did the murals at the Getty Villa. The Bentons would form a partnership with Getty’s righthand man, Lawrence Chazen, who was the number one creditor in Rosamomnd’s probate. Powerful people sold our creative legacy to outsiders in order to pay Chazen what the Benton’s owned him, $90,000 dollars.

Like Mitt Romney, Chazen set up Nobel Oil as an offshore entity, because “Businesses are people too.” I suspect Chazne helped the Gettys find shelter in the storm.

I filed claims in a Superior Court in Monterey begging a judge, and the powerful attorney he appointed executor, to not sell the creative legacy I founded in my family to outsiders, for they will use us like their slaves, just to make money, just to capture all the money.

When I told my daughter and her mother who I was conducting spiritual and legal warfare with, their eyes bugged out. I didn’t understand that Patrice Hanson and her sister, Linda, had groomed my daughter to be a gold digger. When I first lay eyes on Hesther Hanson, she was sixteen. Already she was a major smooze, she working every crowd we were in together, including the Scientologists. In her eyes, I had to be the biggest loser – ever! How could I ever win? There was Getty, Buck, and Nobel oil money, here. Oil men like to own art. They compete with each other to see who can capture the most beautiful pieces, and put them in their towers.

All four Presco children took to riding horses as a knight takes to armour.

Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is fiction. Dan captures the Mona Lisa and makes millions of dollars.

As fate would have it ‘Citizen Kane’ trumps the movie ‘Foundtainhead’ that is back in the news because Paul Ryan is an Ayn Rand freak, the Vice Presidential candidate for the party co-founded by Jessie Benton. Mitt Romney has all the money in the world, and may be our next President. Recently, Mitt said tax havens are good for big business. Does Mitt know Lawrence Chazen? In the end, what name will Presdient Romney utter, when American lie in ruin, and he own it all?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

“Big business is doing fine in many places,” Romney said during a campaign fundraiser Thursday. “They get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses.”

January 15, 1941
Press statement issued by Orson Welles regarding his forthcoming motion picture entitled, Citizen Kane, which will be released by RKO-Radio Pictures:
ORSON WELLES:  I wished to make a motion picture which was not a narrative of action so much as an examination of character. For this, I desired a man of many sides and many aspects. It was my idea to show that six or more people could have as many widely divergent opinions concerning the nature of a single personality. Clearly such a notion could not be worked out if it would apply to an ordinary American citizen.
I immediately decided that my character should be a public man—an extremely public man—an extremely important one. I then decided that I would like to convince my audience of the reality of this man by means of apparently legitimate news digest short concerning his career. It was of the essence of my idea that the audience should be fully conversant with the outlines of the public career of this fictitious character before I proceeded to examine his private life. I did not wish to make a picture about his public life. I wished to make a picture about the backstairs aspect of it. The varying opinions concerning his character would throw light on important moments in his career. I wished him to be an American, since I wished to make him an American president. Deciding against this, I could find no other position in public life beside that of a newspaper publisher in which a man of enormous wealth exercises what might be called real power in a democracy. It is possible to show how a powerful industrialist is potent in certain phases of government. It is possible to show how he can be good and bad according to the viewpoint of whoever is discussing him, but no industrialist can ever achieve in a democratic government the kind of general and catholic power with which I wished to invest my particular character. The only solution seemed to place my man in charge of some important channel of communication—radio or newspaper. It was essential for the plot of the story that my character (Kane) live to a great age, but be dead at the commencement of the narrative. This immediately precluded radio. There was no other solution except to make Kane a newspaper publisher—the owner of a great chain of newspapers. It was needful that Kane himself represent new ideas in his field. The history of the newspaper business obviously demanded that Kane be what is generally referred to as a yellow journalist.
There have been many motion pictures and novels rigorously obeying the formula of the “success story,” I wished to do something quite different. I wished to make a picture which might be called a “failure story.” I did not wish to portray a ruthless and gifted industrialist working his way up from a simple lumberman or streetcar conductor to a position of wealth and prominence. The interpretations of such a character by his intimates were too obvious for my purpose; I therefore invested my character with sixty million dollars at the age of eight so that there was no considerable or important gain in point of wealth possible from a dramatic point of view. My story was not, therefore, about how a man gets money, but what he does with his money—not when he gets old—but throughout his entire career. A man, who has money and doesn’t have to concern himself with making more, naturally wishes to use it for the exercise of power. There are many, of course, in “real life” who are exceptions to this, but the assumption of flair and vigor on the part of Kane as a personality made such an inclination obvious in his makeup. It was also much better for the purpose of my narrative since the facts about a philanthropist would not make as good a picture as a picture about a man interested in imposing his will upon the will of his fellow countrymen.
If I had determined to make a motion picture about the life of a great manufacturer of automobiles, I should have found not long after I started writing it that my invention occasionally paralleled history itself. The same is true in the case of my fictitious publisher. He was a yellow journalist. He was functioning as such in the great early days of the development of yellow journalism. Self-evidently, it was impossible for me to ignore American history. I declined to fabricate an impossible or psychologically untrue reaction to American historical events by an American yellow journalist. The reactions of American yellow journalists—indeed all possible publishers—to wars, social injustices, etc., etc.
Were for a great period of time in the history of these matters identical. Some have identified their names with certain events, but all are concerned with them. My character could not very well disregard them. My picture could not begin the career of such a man in 1890 and take it to 1940 without presenting the man with the same problems which presented themselves to his equivalents in real life. His dealings with these events were determined by dramaturgical and psychological laws which I recognize to be absolute. They were not colored by the facts in history. The fads in history were actually determined by the same laws which I employed as a dramatist.
The most basic of all ideas was that of a search for the true significance of the man’s apparently meaningless dying words. Kane was raised without a family. He was snatched from his mother’s arms in early childhood. His parents were a bank. From the point of view of the psychologist, my character had never made what is known as “transference” from his mother. Hence his failure with his wives. In making this clear during the course of the picture, it was my attempt to lead the thoughts of my audience closer and closer to the solution of the enigma of his dying words. These were “Rosebud.” The device of the picture calls for a newspaperman (who didn’t know Kane) to interview people who knew him very well. None had ever heard of “Rosebud.” Actually, as it turns out, “Rosebud” is the trade name of a cheap little sled on which Kane was playing on the day he was taken away from his home and his mother. In his subconscious it represented the simplicity, the comfort, above all the lack of responsibility in his home, and also it stood for his mother’s love which Kane never lost.
In his waking hours, Kane had certainly forgotten the sled and the name which was painted on it. Casebooks of psychiatrists are full of these stories. It was important for me in the picture to tell the audience as effectively as possible what this really meant. Clearly it would be undramatic and disappointing if an arbitrary character in the story popped up with the information. The best solution was the sled itself. Now, how could this sled still exist since it was built in 1880? It was necessary that my character be a collector—the kind of man who never throws anything away. I wished to use as a symbol—at the conclusion of the picture—a great expanse of objects—thousands and thousands of things—one of which is “Rosebud.” This field of inanimate theatrical properties I wished to represent the very dust heap of a man’s life. I wished the camera to show beautiful things, ugly things and useless things, too—indeed everything, which could stand for a public career and a private life. I wished objects of art, objects of sentiment, and just plain objects. There was no way for me to do this except to make my character, as I have said, a collector, and to give him a great house in which to keep his collections. The house itself occurred to me as a literal translation in terms of drama of the expression “ivory tower.” The protagonist of my “failure story” must retreat from a democracy which his money fails to buy and his power fails to control. —There are two retreats possible: death and the womb. The house was the womb. Here too was all the grandeur, all the despotism, which my man had found lacking in the outside world. Such was his estate—such was the obvious repository for a collection large enough to include, without straining the credulity of the audience—a little toy from the dead past of a great man.

Romney touches ‘birther’ issue he avoided before
By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press – 10 hours ago 
COMMERCE, Mich. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, jokingly declaring “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate” as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace.
Romney later insisted the remark was just a joke and not meant to question Obama’s citizenship. But the comment risked creating an unwanted distraction for Romney in his last few days of campaigning before the Republican National Convention begins Monday. It came a day after Romney caused another stir by declaring that big business was “doing fine” in the current struggling economy in part because companies get advantages from offshore tax havens.
Romney made his birth certificate remark at a large outdoor rally in Michigan, where he grew up and where his father, George Romney, served as governor. He was joined onstage by his wife, Ann, and running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Romney told supporters that he and Ann had been born at nearby hospitals.
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised,” Romney said.
The crowd of more than 7,000 responded with hearty laughter.

Lawrence Chazen Creates Swiss Tax Haven
Posted on September 24, 2011 by Royal Rosamond Press

There are several books that connect the Knights Templar with Swiss Banking. My nemesis has helped set up Noble Energy in the Cayman Islands, and in Switzerland from where the Rougemont-Rosamond family hail. A un-named group has purchased Chateau Rougemont. I suspect Oil Men from Texas. Where is the Sinclair linage from Jesus when you need it? I hope the Holy Blood Grail Alliance elects a Messiah to save us from these evil men. The home of my ancestors is being advertized as the best offshore banking city for your money.
Lawrence Chazen was my father’s privated lender, and a partner in the first Rosamond gallery in Carmel. Credit Suisse Group is associated with Noble and UBS bank that is in trouble due to two billion dollar trading losss by rogue trader.
Now that I have proven Bubba Jesus is not riding shotgun in some neo-Confederte’s big-wheeled truck, he off to shoot some wild hogs and drink a cold six pack, maybe he will come and save the collapsing world economy that will result in the starvation of millions.
Jon Presco
Noble Corporation Board Approves Proposed Change in Place of Incorporation
SUGAR LAND, Texas, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Noble Corporation(NYSE: NE) announced today its Board of Directors has approved changing the place of incorporation of the publicly traded parent of the Noble group of companies from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland. The Company’s shareholders will be asked to vote to approve the proposed change at a shareholders’ meeting, which Noble expects will be called in the near future.
If approved by shareholders, Noble expects the change of the place of incorporation to be effective as soon as practicable following review and approval by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, which could occur in early 2009. The reincorporation would be achieved by merging Noble Corporation, the current Cayman Islands parent company, with a newly formed Cayman Islands subsidiary of the new Swiss parent company.
Noble Corporation’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David W. Williamssaid, “After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has concluded that a change of place of incorporation to Switzerland is in the best interests of Noble’s shareholders and customers. Switzerland’s stable commercial and financial environment and its well-established tax regime will help us to maintain our competitive position in the global marketplace.”
Upon completion of the transaction, the Noble parent company will continue to be subject to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements, and its shares will be listed exclusively on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NE”, the Company’s current trading symbol.
“At this point, we are continuing to evaluate whether relocating our corporate headquarters to Switzerland would be in Noble’s best interest and the best interests of our shareholders,” added Williams. “If we conclude that relocation is appropriate, we could begin to move personnel at any time, either before or after we conclude the transaction.”
Full details of the transactions, and the associated benefits and risks, will be provided in the Company’s proxy statement with respect to the shareholders’ meeting.
About Noble
Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 63 offshore drilling units (including five rigs currently under construction) located worldwide, including in the Middle East, India, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, and West Africa. Noble’s ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NE”.
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In 1988, it gained a controlling stake in The First Boston Corporation and in 1993, Credit Suisse Group bought Schweizerische Volksbank (English: People’s Bank of Switzerland). In 1996 the two retail banks were merged and renamed Credit Suisse.
Under the Swiss Code, if Noble-Switzerland’s general reserves amount to less than 20% of the aggregate par value of Noble-Switzerland’s registered capital, then at least 5% of Noble-Switzerland’s annual profit must be retained as general reserves. The Swiss Code and Noble-Switzerland’s articles of association permit Noble-Switzerland to accrue additional general reserves. In addition, Noble-Switzerland is required to create a special reserve on its stand-alone annual statutory balance sheet in the amount of the purchase price of registered shares it or any of its subsidiaries repurchases, which amount may not be used for dividends or subsequent repurchases.
     Swiss companies generally must maintain a separate stand-alone “statutory” balance sheet for the purpose of, among other things, determining the amounts available for the return of capital to shareholders, including by way of a distribution of dividends. Noble-Switzerland’s auditor must confirm that a dividend proposal made to shareholders conforms with the requirements of the Swiss Code and Noble-Switzerland’s articles of association. Dividends are due and payable upon the shareholders having passed a resolution approving the payment subject

“The U.S. crackdown against offshore tax evasion has led to charges against UBS AG (UBSN), the largest Swiss bank; at least 21 foreign bankers, advisers and attorneys; and at least 36 U.S. taxpayers. UBS avoided prosecution in 2009 by paying $780 million, admitting it fostered tax evasion and handing over details on 250 secret accounts. It later disclosed another 4,450 accounts.”

Noble Corporation’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David W. Williamssaid, “After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has concluded that a change of place of incorporation to Switzerland is in the best interests of Noble’s shareholders and customers. Switzerland’s stable commercial and financial environment and its well-established tax regime will help us to maintain our competitive position in the global marketplace.”

Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child. The family lived in several states and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they struggled during the Great Depression. Romney worked in a number of jobs, served as a Mormon missionary in England and Scotland, and attended several colleges in the U.S. but did not graduate from any

Taylor continued Young’s policy of missionary work in Mexico, and through the early 1880s colonization was considered on several occasions without effort to begin the process. However, in 1882, the Edmunds Act was passed by the United States Congress. This was part of the by then 20 year struggle by the US government to curb the LDS practice of plural marriage in Utah Territory and other locations in the American West. Among other things, the law felonized the practice of polygamy and disenfranchised polygamists. As a result, over a thousand Latter-day Saint men and women were eventually fined and jailed. Some were sent as far away as Michigan to fulfill their terms.
Members of the Pratt-Romney family have roots in these colonies, including both Marion G. Romney and George W. Romney having been born there.

The Buck Family and FoundationThe lawyer who s – Rougeknights
March 27th, 2010 by

The Buck Family and Foundation

The lawyer who sold much of my family’s artistic legacy to a liar and outsider, is a partner of Robert B. Buck, the Grandnephew of Beryl Hamilton Buck. Did Sydney Morris discuss my claim and my family disease with Robert Buck and the other partners, they sitting at one of those great tables you see in the movies? Did they consider Ms. Pierrot’s submission of the ‘Rosemary Dearest’ brochure as evidence why I am not fit to be titled an artist – least the true “custodian” of the legacy I founded at twelve years of age when my painting toured the world in a Red Cross show?

How would Robert Buck like to read about his family secrets, see his mother and his family vilified and slandered in public? Would he launch a lawsuit?

Did Buck, Heisninger, Rose, and Morris decide it was best for the Rosamond estate that her family be viciously attacked in order to generate money to pay off the creditors which is the first concern of an executor? Well, I filed a claim for $400,000 dollars in order to be the No.1 creditor, and not Lawrence Chazen, who was being fraudulant in his attempt to be the executor. When I heard that there might be a movie, I increased my claim to $2,000,000 dollars so as to scare away any producer, as my Copyright was infringed upon, and I knew this movie would be a slanderous lie.

Robert Buck, knew nothing about my family’s amazing California history, because he blessed an outsider, a liar and a fraud, who seduced my minor child via the inernet. Mr. Buck’s law partner had no qualms about Ms. Pierrot titling herself the “custodian” of my family history.

I am certain Beryl and Eva Buck would be irate to see what was done to my California family, to my history by one of their kin.

Robert B. BuckManaging Partner,Heisinger, Buck, Morris and Rose law firm,Principal owner and operator, Del Monte Aviation, Grandnephew of Beryl Hamilton Buck

A Profile of Frank H. and Eva B. Buck
Leonard Buck, the grandfather of Frank H. Buck, Jr., settled in the Vacaville area in December 1874, and began a fruit growing business which blossomed into The Buck Company, established in 1886.Through time, the family expanded the fruit growing, drying and packing business, ultimately branching out of the agriculture business by investing in oil and lumber companies. In addition, Leonard Buck began the family’s involvement with politics by being elected to the State Senate in 1895.

L.W. Buck home in Pleasants Valley

Frank Sr. with Frank Jr.

Buck Mansion in 1891

Frank Henry Buck Jr. was born on Sept. 23, 1887, and his brother Leonard William, on Aug. 11, 1891, the sons of Frank H. Buck Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Stevenson. The family mansion was built in Vacaville in 1891, and now houses the offices of the Buck Foundation. The boys attended public schools and enjoyed a cosmopolitan lifestyle living in Vacaville, on the country fruit ranches and in San Francisco.Frank Jr. graduated from UC Berkeley in 1908 and Harvard School of Law in 1911. He was admitted to the bar the same year and opened an office in San Francisco. Leonard studied to became a medical doctor and was active in research and teaching. Both believed they had an obligation to be a productive member of society, despite personal wealth or position.Upon Frank Sr. and Annie’s deaths, in 1916 and 1920, the brothers inherited the family fortune and Frank Jr. took over managing the family’s business operations.

Frank Jr. married Zayda Zabriskie in 1911, and they had four children. By 1922, Frank Jr.’s career was in full swing. Amidst other enterprises he was the leader of the newly founded California Grower’s and Shipper’s Protective League. Most of the California growers joined this league, and under Frank’s tutelage they fought and won many legal battles with fruit brokers and railroads. This laid the foundation for his political career.

Eventually Frank and Zayda divorced and Frank married Eva M. Benson in 1926. Eva was born May 18, 1897 to Swedish immigrants Martin Olaf and Emma Benson in Alameda. She received her primary and secondary education in Alameda, and enlisted as a yeomanette in the U.S. Navy during World War I, serving in the Bay Area and receiving an honorable discharge at the end of the war. Frank and Eva had two children William Benson and Carol Franc.

Eva Buck and her children Carol Franc and William Benson

During the 1930s several factors contributed to a near collapse of Solano County’s fruit industry including the Great Depression, soil erosion and labor disputes. Forty-seven years after its founding, Frank Jr. sold The Buck Co. to the Pacific Fruit Exchange in 1933, although the ranches continued to be operated by the family.In 1932 Frank Jr. threw his hat into the political ring winning the 3rd Congressional district. For nearly five terms Frank Jr. represented six California counties — Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Contra Costa. A New Deal Democrat, he played an important role in the Roosevelt administration and became a leading advocate for California farmers.

Frank H. Buck, Jr.

Frank Jr. served on the Ways and Means Committee, and he was instrumental in drafting the Social Security Act. He also fought for legislation regarding railway retirement pension tax law, revenue laws, Wildland Protection laws, and laws to provide development of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. He also worked on the National Timber Adjustment Act, plant quarantine laws, tax laws on wine, and was an advocate for California farmers and the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard.He was re-elected by wide margins in election after election, serving in the 72nd — 76th Congresses, until he died of a stroke on Sept. 17, 1942. He is buried in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.

After her husband’s death, Eva and her family moved to the Buck Mansion in Vacaville, where she continued to manage Buck properties until the time of her death.Known throughout Vacaville as a behind-the-scenes philanthropist, Eva, quietly yet generously, donated funds where she believed they were needed. She was described as a true benefactor, who avoided public recognition for her generosity. Her major interests included Child Haven in Fairfield, University of the Pacific, University of California, at Berkeley and Davis, where she created The Frank H. Buck endowed chair in the Department of Agriculture Sciences.

Eva B. Buck (1984)

A firm believer in higher education, Eva created the Frank H. Buck Scholarships in honor of her husband and The Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation. She also donated the land and money to build the Vacaville Museum and generously supported their exhibits and programs.An avid gardener and world traveler Eva kept numerous journals about her life and travels. She lived in the Buck Mansion until she died of natural causes at age 93, in June 1990, and is buried next to Frank and her son William, in the Vacaville Elmira-Cemetery.Eva’s daughter Carol Franc Buck, her grandsons Christian Erdman and Paul Buck currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Buck Foundation along with Walter Buck, son of Frank H. Buck III, and Walter’s daughter, Stacey B. Morris.
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Robert B. BuckManaging Partner,Heisinger, Buck, Morris and Rose law firm,Principal owner and operator, Del Monte AviationGrandnephew of Beryl Hamilton Buck
Sunday • June 16, 2002
Buck family enjoyed much success
Frank Jr. a congressman, hometown hero
Vacaville’s Buck family was familiar with success.
Two sons were born to Frank H. Buck Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Stevenson: Frank Henry Jr., born on Sept. 23, 1887, and Leonard William Buck, born Aug. 11, 1891.
Both sons pursued a professional career. Frank became a lawyer in San Francisco and Leonard studied to become a medical doctor. Both believed that they had an obligation to be a productive member of society, despite personal wealth or position.
On April 18, 1911, Frank Buck Jr. married Zayda Justine Zabriskie. They had four children: Frank H. Buck III, born in 1912; Margaret Ann, born in 1913; Christian Brevoorte, born in 1914; and Edward Zabriskie Elvis, born in 1917.
The couple later divorced. Frank Buck married Eva M. Benson in 1926. They had two children, William Benson and Carol.
With the death of Frank H. Buck Sr. in 1916, and four years later, that of Annie Buck, their sons inherited the large fortune and land holdings of the family in equal shares. Frank H. Buck Jr. took control of the Buck Co. He also inherited Bucktown and the ranch where today the California Medical Facility is located. The family home on Buck Avenue went to Leonard Buck and his wife, Beryl Elizabeth Hamilton.
Like his father before him, Frank Jr. was actively involved in many organizations. In 1922, he was the head of the newly founded California Grower’s and Shipper’s Protective League. Within a short time, nearly 85 percent of California’s deciduous growers had joined this organization. Under Frank Buck’s strong leadership, the league won many battles with railroads and fruit brokers.
His success in leading the California Grower’s and Shipper’s Protective League became the founding stone for his political career.
The depression, soil erosion, labor unrest and strong competition from growers in the Central Valley led to the near collapse of the fruit industry in Solano County in the early 1930s.
In 1933, 47 years after its founding, the Buck Co. was bought up by the Pacific Fruit Exchange, though the ranches continued to be operated by the family. The Reporter wrote on Jan. 20, 1933: “The Pacific Fruit Exchange, one of the leading fruit selling and shipping organizations of Northern California, will handle the shipping and sales accounts of the Frank H. Buck Co., as well as the shipments of fruit from the individual ranches of Frank H. Buck and his brother, Dr. Leonard Buck, of Vacaville.”
That same year, Frank Buck Jr. won his seat as the Congressional Representative for the third district, encompassing Solano, Napa, San Joaquin, Sacramento and Yolo counties – a seat he would retain until his death in 1942. He defeated his opponent Charles Forrest Curry, a republican, in a sensational race by 16,462 votes.
The Vacaville Chamber of Commerce hosted a farewell dinner for him in January 1933. The Reporter recorded the event on Jan. 20. Frank Buck thanked the more than 100 supporters and “called attention to the fact, however, that he was only one of 435 congressmen, but he assured his hearers that he would do his utmost to carry out his pledges, and he hoped to secure committee appointments that would enable him to be of service to the state and nation. “… He spoke of the Mare Island navy yard, and promised to do his utmost to maintain it at its highest efficiency, … ” He also reassured his constituents that he would represent their agricultural interests in Washington.
And indeed, he was able to fulfill his promises throughout his political career. A New Deal democrat, he played an important role in the Roosevelt administration and became a leading advocate for California farmers.
He was re-elected by wide margins in election after election, until, on Sept. 17, 1942, Frank H. Buck Jr. died of an apoplectic stroke in the Garfield Hospital in Washington, D.C.
The Reporter listed some of his accomplishments on Sept. 25: “As a Congressman, he was the author of an act strengthening the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930; a bill reducing the internal revenue tax on wines by 50 percent; one of the bills to provide for the development of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries under the federal government as the Central Valleys Authorities; a bill providing for the construction of a new $3,500,000 dry dock at Mare Island Naval yard; the National Timber Adjustment Act; a bill amending the plant quarantine law, and a law demanding the inspection of plants shipped by mail as well as those shipped by common carrier.
“He was the floor leader in charge of a bill taxing illicit dealings in marijuana, and directing the fight made by the California delegation on behalf of the Central Valley project in the 75th Congress.
“As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, he took part in framing the Social Security Act, the railway retirement pension tax law and the revenue laws of 1935, 1936 and 1937.”
His body was brought back to Vacaville and the funeral took place Monday afternoon on Sept. 28, 1932, at the family plot in the Vacaville-Elmira cemetery.
“Hundreds of friends from every corner of the 3rd Congressional District attended the funeral services…” according to the Reporter on Oct. 2.
His widow, Eva “Benny” Buck, continued to live on the ranch, which was later sold to the state. After Frank’s death, Leonard and Beryl Buck, whose main residence was in Marin County, deeded the Buck home on Buck Avenue to Eva and her children. They felt that it would be more convenient for Eva to live in town.

John Rico, publisher of the Vacaville Reporter, was quoted on the news of Frank H. Buck’s death, saying: “Mr. Buck made it his duty to pay the Reporter a visit whenever he was in Vacaville. I spoke to him a few days before the August primary, and during the course of the conversation, he referred to his political opponents as ‘my good friends.’ That is why Mr. Buck traveled far on the road to success – he classed everyone as a friend. Perhaps never again will Vacaville be honored by having a hometown boy reach the pinnacle of success accomplished by Mr. Buck.”

Sabine Goerke-Shrode is a local historian and freelance writer. She writes the history column every other week, alternating with Jerry Bowen of the Vacaville Historical Society. For suggestions, or to submit historical photos or information, she can be reached via e-mail at .

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1 Response to Capturing Beauty “Rosebud”

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    Heather Hanson had no intention of me being a father to my newfound daughter. When Linda Comstock knew I had no money, because she sent her niece to spy on me and my family, she bid her sister to disappear this seventeen year old from my life.

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