MINI - HISTORIES
Ernest Bowman & Brother's Store burned to the ground April 17, 1924 during a fire which destroyed much of Franklin. A new store, our present building, opened for business on October 1, 1925. That was also the year that the price of a new Ford car (without a self-starter) dropped to $300.00
Before fleeing the burning store during the 1924 Franklin fire, a distraught Bowman's clerk grabbed a stack of dinner plates he'd been unpacking. As it turned out, that was the only merchandise saved in the entire store.
Did you know the bricks for Bowman's Store were fired in Franklin near the high school? C. B. Smith of Bridgewater was the mason and a local craftsman, C.E. Lee, was the carpenter. Jeff Bowman was learning to walk about this time.