1871-1959
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September 12, 1871, Orange, Indiana.

November 14, 1959, Jacksonville, Florida.

Glencove Cemetery, Knightstown, Indiana.

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Son of Thomas M. and Mary Harris Huston, Frank attended school in Fayette County, and later the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois. For one year he taught school, and then became an evangelistic singer, a vocation he followed for 19 years in many states. He was also an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and for a number of years pastored in towns and districts around Indianapolis. He was also pastor of the Oaklandon, Indiana, congregation near Indianapolis. He was commander of Ben Harrison Camp 356, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana (1919), and Indiana Division Commander (1925-26).

In 1899, evangelist Charles Scoville engaged Huston as his singer. He served in 180 evangelistic campaigns from Nova Scotia to Florida. Huston was ordained a Disciples of Christ minister in 1915 in Indianapolis. He lived in Indianapolis 1909-41, then moved to Jacksonville, Florida.

While still in the ministry, he founded the Frank C. Huston publishing house. This business produced some of the most popular patriotic songs of World War I, with Huston himself writing the words and music of many of them, including My Indiana Home, Sing Again Those Old-Time Melodies, For the Honor of Old Purdue, When Our Boys Come Marching Home Again, and scores of others written even before war was declared. Huston also published a collection of 100 hymns and Gospel songs, including 84 he wrote.

During World War I, Governor Goodrich of Indiana appointed Huston chaplain of the 150th Field Artillery, Rainbow Division, but through some mistake he was never called to join the regiment before the war ended. His services, however, were in great demand in his home state and city, and he became widely known as the Singing Chaplain. In World War II, Huston volunteered his services to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was made a boatswain’s mate when he was 74 and given duty as a recruiter. He was discharged as an ensign. His works include:

  1. Christ of the Cross, The
  2. Here Before Thee Savior
  3. It Pays to Serve Jesus
  4. Keep on Believing
  5. We Shall Gather Round the Throne
  6. When the Children All Get Home
  7. Wonderful Savior
  8. Wonderful Land of Tomorrow
  9. Word of God Shall Stand, The
  1. Bennington

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