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In the 'Who Was R.G. Storey' thread, the address 3525 Turtle Creek Boulevard comes up as a common address for several individuals of interest in the assassination of JFK.

This address was a luxury apartment complex opened in 1958. The builders were Edward T. Dicker and Jerome J. Frank; the architect was Howard R. Meyer.

Over the years, I have managed to compile a partial list of residents. In addition to those mentioned in the R.G. Storey thread, many of them were prominent men in the oil business.

Another curious resident was a man by the name of Homer Emanuel Beren who was the Vice President of the Frontier Manufacturing Company. His interesting history included a stint as an instructor of radar engineering to navy personnel during WW2.

Homer Beren and his brother Irvin (President of the Natural Petroleum Company), were close friends with Abraham Zapruder as the three men during the mid 1950's were members of the Temple Emanu-EL.

In late October 1963, Homer Beren was killed in Tel Avis, Israel. The cause of death has remained a mystery as I have not been able to get any details.

I have pondered that the relationship between Zapruder and the Beren brothers might have some bearing on Zapruder's appearance in Dealey Plaza on the 22nd of November, 1963.

If anyone has any details on the Beren brothers, it would be greatfully appreciated.

James

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In the 'Who Was R.G. Storey' thread, the address 3525 Turtle Creek Boulevard comes up as a common address for several individuals of interest in the assassination of JFK.

This address was a luxury apartment complex opened in 1958. The builders were Edward T. Dicker and Jerome J. Frank; the architect was Howard R. Meyer.

Over the years, I have managed to compile a partial list of residents. In addition to those mentioned in the R.G. Storey thread, many of them were prominent men in the oil business.

Another curious resident was a man by the name of Homer Emanuel Beren who was the Vice President of the Frontier Manufacturing Company. His interesting history included a stint as an instructor of radar engineering to navy personnel during WW2.

Homer Beren and his brother Irvin (President of the Natural Petroleum Company), were close friends with Abraham Zapruder as the three men during the mid 1950's were members of the Temple Emanu-EL.

In late October 1963, Homer Beren was killed in Tel Avis, Israel. The cause of death has remained a mystery as I have not been able to get any details.

I have pondered that the relationship between Zapruder and the Beren brothers might have some bearing on Zapruder's appearance in Dealey Plaza on the 22nd of November, 1963.

If anyone has any details on the Beren brothers, it would be greatfully appreciated.

James

Can't add anything re the above, how about Wanda Minnix that operated the Spa or the Mormon Church, close to Maj Walker's house, the guy that flew the American flag upside down, maybe Harry can add something on that front.

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pl_006122014_0943_49729_351.pdf3525 Turtle Creek was also the address of Jane Beren CD 106 p. 197

She was interviewed because her telephone number was in Jack Ruby's notebook; she claimed

she did not know Jack Ruby, and had no idea how he would have her telephone number.

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"H. E. BEREN DIES WHILE IN ISRAEL"

Funeral Services for Homer Emanuel Beren, 51, of 3525 Turtle Creek, Vice-President of the Frontier

Manufacturing Co., will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Sparkman's Funeral Chapel, 2115 Ross. Burial

in Shearith Israel Cemetery. Mr. Beren, a Dallas resident since 1923, died Tuesday in Tel Aviv,

Israel. From 1942 to 1945 he instructed Navy personnel at the University of Houston in radar

and electrical engineering. He was graduated from Leland Stanford University in California in 1935

with a degree in electrical engineering. He also attended Southern Methodist University.

From 1945 to 1946 he was assistant professor of electrical engineering at SMU. He was a member

of Congregation Shearith Israel, Colombian Club, Dallas Athletic Club and American Institute of

Electrical Engineering. Survivors all of Dallas: Mother, Mrs. Jacob Beren; a sister, Mrs. Jacob Feldman,

and two brothers, Irvin B. Beren and David O. Beren.

July 9, 1963 - Dallas Morning News

Trade with Honolulu Firm

'New Owners Taking Over 3525 Turtle Creek'

Ownership of 3525 Turtle Creek, ultra-modern, ultra-publicized, Dallas luxury

apartment building will be transferred this month to a Honolulu company that

dates back to 1889 when Hawaii was an independent kingdom.

The plush 5 year-old, 21-story and penthouse property will be exchanged

for an undisclosed piece of property owned by a subsidiary of Dillingham

Corp., of Honolulu, principals of the transaction disclosed Monday.

Making the announcement were Tishman Realty and Construction Co.,

of New York which acquired "3525" in 1959 and Hawaiian Land and

Development Co., the Dillingham subsidiary. Contracts for the property

exchange have already been signed, and the deal is expected to be

consummated on July 23, according to L. S. Dilliangham, president of the

Honolulu concern and Robert V. Tishman, president of the New York firm.

See Robert Tishman obituary

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/business/13tishman.html

So the question would be, among others, did Jack Ruby know Homer Beren,

and if so what type of relationship did they have. All I can say is that

Beren's obit mentions he was a member of the Dallas Athletic Club, and Jack

Ruy's hair treatments were at Maclean's which was located in the Dallas Athletic

Club building.....so it is possible they knew, or knew of each other.

Although Beren resembles LBJ, I can't imagine a scenario where that would

factor into the equation, unless he worked as a LBJ double, and there seems

to be nothing in the historical record to indicate that......

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James Richards started this thread, in reference to R. G. Storey, who was a resident of 3525 Turtle Creek....

He also mentioned Jerome Frank......

So I post this as a tribute to his input regarding this area.

Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - July 15, 2004

JEROME J. FRANK SR.

Built Turtle Creek high-rise

Jerome J. Frank Sr. changed the face of Dallas with his vision of skyscraper luxury apartments on Turtle Creek nearly 50 years ago. The project, 3525 Turtle Creek, became the crown jewel of his long, successful business career.

Mr. Frank , 95, died Monday of a heart attack at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road in Dallas. He will be buried in a private ceremony at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

For nearly 60 years, Mr. Frank teamed with business partners on projects in Dallas and across the Southwest, said his son and business partner, Jerome Frank Jr. of Dallas.

"You learned from him to be the type of man you would want to be a partner with or go into business with," his son said. "That's what you learned from him."

Born in what is now Kiev, Ukraine, Mr. Frank immigrated with his family to Minneapolis in 1912, when he was 3 years old.

After graduating from Minneapolis South High School, he worked his way through Weber Law School at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, managing a Paul's Shoes store in the Alamo City.

Unable to establish a law practice in Houston during the Depression, he returned to manage three Paul's Shoes stores in Dallas; Memphis, Tenn.; and Kansas City.

During World War II, Mr. Frank served as a photo reconnaissance officer for the Army Air Forces in North Africa and Italy.

After the war, he built homes with the partnership of Silver, Laughlin and Frank .

"He realized he was a builder; he wasn't a corporate executive," his son said. "He liked the energy of building."

In the early 1950s, Mr. Frank sold his interest in the homebuilding partnership to help his in-laws manage Binswanger Glass Co. in Memphis. His wife, Emma Sue Binswanger Frank , died in November.

Upon his return to Dallas, he established Jerome Frank & Associates, which was active in real estate and construction in the 1950s and 1960s.

With various business partners, Mr. Frank built residential housing in Texas, Florida and California, as well as officers quarters for military bases in Texas, Colorado and Louisiana.

In July 1955, he and Edward T. Dicker announced plans to build a 22-story luxury apartment building on Turtle Creek Boulevard - a building that would eventually become home to actress Greer Garson after it was completed in 1958.

"He saw that whole vision of a row of high-rise luxury apartments just like on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago," his son said. "He worked with Howard R. Meyer, who was the renowned architect of Dallas at the time. They searched the country to get the design."

High-rise living on Turtle Creek was a hard sell for a developer seeking project financing in 1955, his son said. "They were very skeptical. He had to find many ways to find the funding for it, because it was such a pioneering effort in Dallas," he said.

In addition to his son, Mr. Frank is survived by a brother, William Frank of Dallas, another son, Dr. Michael Frank of Denver, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Frank and Binswanger Fresh Flower Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Symphony or the Dallas Public Library.

Dallas Morning News, The (TX)

Date: July 15, 2004

Author: JOE SIMNACHER

Edition: SECOND

Page: 5B

© Copyright, 2004, The Dallas Morning News

When Maj General Edwin Walker testified before the Warren Commission, he gave his address as 4011 Turtle Creek Blvd., I mention that just as a

point of reference.

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