Salute to Sower

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

Whether or not Frank Sower will demonstrate the little dance he made famous many years ago as coach of the Sower Hardware Girls Fast-Pitch Softball team remains to be seen. What is certain is that the historian, philanthropist and former Frankfort mayor is bound to have lots of accolades heaped upon him at a "roast" in his honor on Oct. 7.

"It probably should be called a 'tribute' instead of a 'roast'," said Brenda Rice, a member of the Frankfort Kiwanis Club. "But there might be some roasting that will go on, too."

The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza. For ticket information call Tom Utterback at 803-1796 or visit Tickets are $25 for individuals or $200 for a table of eight.

"Sales are going pretty good, too," said Utterback. "Anyone interested in coming could also ask a member of the Kiwanis or Rotary club. But get your ticket soon."

Sower is no stranger in this community, having given freely of his time, talent ... and financial resources ... to Frankfort and Franklin County across many, many years.

"Frankfort," said the 92-year-old Sower, "is a nice, friendly place filled with wonderful people. I may not make it another 92 years, but I certainly don't expect to move."

He and his wife, Minnie Lynn, have lived in the same house (on Wilkinson Boulevard, one-half block from the Orlando Brown House) across the span of their marriage. Sower himself, in fact, has lived there all his life. He served as mayor from 1968-72, and owned and operated Sower Office Equipment until selling the business to his son John in 1986.

"When I retired," Sower said, "I started giving tours around the Corner in Celebrities, so named by Mrs. Trabue in a history book she wrote. There have probably been more important men in the history of the United States who've lived in that area than in any other area the same size in any town in this country."

Sower says he just "loves history" ... and loves sharing the history of this town with visitors.

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