Seymour V. Connor

ONDERDONK, FRANK SCOVILL (1871–1936). Frank Scovill Onderdonk, minister and missionary, son of Martha Jane (Benham) and Gilbert Onderdonk, was born in Mission Valley, Texas, on May 31, 1871. He received his D.D. from Southwestern University. On October 12, 1892, he married Rowena Tyson; they were parents of four children. Onderdonk was ordained a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1892 and served in the West Texas Conference until 1897, when he went as missionary to San Luis Potosí, Mexico. There he built and managed Trinity Hospital. He was presiding elder and pastor in Mexico City and Guadalajara from 1901 to 1907 and president of Colegio Wesleyano, San Luis Potosí, from 1907 to 1914, when he became superintendent of the Mexican, Italian, and Bohemian Methodist missions in Texas. He was delegate to the Congress on Christian Work in Latin America in Panama in 1916 and to the Latin American Congress in Cuba in 1929. Between 1906 and 1926 he was five times a delegate to the Methodist General Conference and was a delegate to the Ecumenical Methodist Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1931. He made his home in San Antonio until his death on June 7, 1936.

Cecilia Steinfeldt, The Onderdonks (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1976). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Seymour V. Connor, "ONDERDONK, FRANK SCOVILL," accessed June 17, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fon04.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox