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Grant Sower

Male 1867 - 1958  (91 years)


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  • Name Grant Sower  [1
    Born 23 Jun 1867  Grant County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Aug 1958  Muskegon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Aug 1968  Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty, Logan County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3930  Carl
    Last Modified 20 May 2012 

    Father Samuel Sower,   b. 31 Jan 1826, Tremont, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1891, West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Mary Ellen King,   b. 17 Aug 1826, Tremont, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1893, West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1851  Tremont, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage record for Samuel Sour is found on p. 241 of V
      ol. 3 of the Clark county marriage records.

      They applied for marriage on Dec. 28, 1850 as Sam'l Sour and Sarah Ellen King. The official certificate of marriage gives the correct name of Mary Ellen King. They were married by Rev. Jesse Goddard, minister of the M. E. church.
    Family ID F1227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louena Windsor,   b. 15 Dec 1872, New Holland, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1954, North Muskegon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1891  Bellefontaine, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Notice, West Liberty Banner, dtg. September 17, 18
      91
      SOWER-WINDSOR - at the residence of the bride's parents near Bellefontaine, Ohio, September 8, 1891, at 8 o'clock p.m., Mr. Grant W. Sower, of West Liberty, and Miss Louena Windsor. The marriage was solemnized by Rev. John. I. Hillman in the pr esence of a few friends and relatives of the contracting parties. The happy young couple were the recipients ofa number of nice presents and many hearty good wishes. They will live in Kennard, near which place, Mr. Sower is engaged as a schoo l teacher for this Fall and Winter.
    Children 
     1. Adrian Sower,   b. 1896,   d. 1896  (Age 0 years)
     2. Mary Sower,   b. 1903,   d. 1903  (Age 0 years)
     3. Muriel E. Sower,   b. 1906,   d. 21 Apr 1937, Ingham Sanitarium, Lansing, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In Grant Sower's obituary there is no " s" on his name. The correspondence I have addressed to him also spells his name Sower. I believe my mother Mabel Sowers told me a dispute between brothers resulted in the spelling differences but I dotw any details.

      His obituary states that Grant Sower spent his early years in Ohio in Logan and Champaign Counties where he attended high school, Normal school and the old Urbana University. He traced his lineage to the founding of Philadelphia in 1681. Eac h of the eight succeeding generations of the Sower family had contributed a Methodist minister. Rev. Mr. Sower was married to Louena Windson, daughter and granddaughter of Methodist ministers. Following his marriage Rev. Sower spent four year s teaching school and was superintendent of schools at Rushylvania before deciding to devote his life to the ministry. His first charge was at Rossville in 1895 and he served 18 years in the Ohio Conference before transferring to the Detroit co nference in 1913. in 1936 he went on a retired basis and the next year he and his family moved to North Muskegon, Michigan, where he served eight years until ill health caused him to retire in 1945. Rev. Mr. Sower was widely known as a lecture r and writer of special articles and poetry. While in Fenton, Michigan, he was appointed in 1925 a special speaker for the League of Nation's World Court Association in recognition of his platform work and press articles on international affair s which were widely circulated.

      I have in my possession in 2000 a scrapbook containing poetry and articles written by him as well as letters from President Coolidge's secretary.

  • Sources 
    1. [S448] GEDCOM file imported on 29 Mar 2003.