Joe, you are very welcome to put up anything I find.
Now, a couple of other things. Houdini always spells Franz Kukol's name "Frantz." Hardeen's birth name was Ferencz. When Hardeen got arrested at a Cunning performance, he gave his name as "Theodore Frank." In his will, Houdini leaves his equipment to his brother, Theodore Frantz Weiss. --Might have been a slip. Are these all the same name in different languages: Magyar, German, Austrian, and English?
Letter to Jim Bard Oct. 11, 1908
P.S. Frantz gets married October 29th!!!!!!! To an old girl of his. He intends to carry her with him. I presume you know he has a baby girl 7 years of age. He did the trick a short time before he joined you. HH
The girl Franz married was Anna (b. 15 Oct 1878) and the baby girl was Marie (b. 1 May 1901).
This is from an Unidentified clipping dated 13 Jun 1913. When the article says on the 2nd of this month, it is referring to March. UNLESS, the ceremony went over so big, HH and Frantz repeated it in June at the Newport Empire.
The ceremony actually took place at the Finsbury Park Empire, in London, March 2, 1913
PUBLIC PRESENTATION TO HIS CHIEF ASSISTANT.
A good assistant is one of the most valuable assets a magician can possess. He ensures the smooth running of the show on every occasion; he attends to all mere routine matters, and leaves the mind of his master free to grapple with the more difficult problems; he is a time saver, a money saver and a worry saver. Many magicians do not realise this, or at any rate do not acknowledge it. Some, however, are fully appreciative. An instance of this has just been brought to our notice. All who are well acquainted with Mr. Harry Houdini and his stage work know how ably he is served in the matter of assistants.
The chief of these is Franz Kukol. He completed ten years' service with Mr. Houdini on the 2nd of this month. Some masters would have allowed the occasion to pass without recognition or even comment. Not so Mr. Houdini. When he stepped on to the stage of the Newport Empire that night he asked for the indulgence of the audience for a few moments while he addressed a word or two to his Chief Assistant. Then, turning to Franz Kukol. he thanked him for his ten years of faithful service, and in recognition of it. presented him with a gold watch and albert. Kukol was taken entirely by surprise, and could only reply in faltering tones, "Thank you. sir. I've done my best, and shall always try to do so." But that little unstudied speech put the matter in a nutshell. On the one side of the stage was Mr. Houdini, a good master; on the other was Franz Kukol, a good servant.
Each understood and appreciated the other. And the audience understood and appreciated both. There were loud cheers from all parts of the house. The audience enjoyed the ensuing performance all the more because of that pleasant and very human prelude. And the business relationship between Mr. Houdini and Kukol was yet more firmly cemented.
So Franz started with Houdini March 2, 1903.
This item from Houdini's magazine is interesting.
April 15, 1908 Conjurers' Monthly magazine (Your Questions Answered Here)
Frantz Williamson, Elberfeld, Germany.
The packing case trick with the boards studded with sharp nails was introduced by Houdini while with the Corty-Althoff Circus in Dortmund. The idea was taken from the Spanish Inquisition torture instrument known in history as "The Maiden."
I don't think there was a real Frantz Williamson. I think it was a plant so Houdini could establish a claim on the effect.