Community Comes Together to Celebrate 150th Anniversary
By Jim Bonebrake l Leader Reporter
Although the ceremonies were to start about 6 p.m., the evening was delayed for a half hour due to the Big Time Grain Co. - the evening’s musical entertainment – suffering a bus breakdown. They arrived around 5:20 p.m., unloaded their equipment and finally got the sound checks in, as well as a warmup song, which happened to be “A Burning Ring of Fire,” originally sung by Johnny Cash.
Seth Mason, who spearheaded the event’s organization with other volunteers, welcomed the crowd. Gower Mayor Chip Holman presented proclamations congratulating the town on reaching its milestone, including a mayoral proclamation in his capacity, as well as joint proclamation from 12th District State Senator Dan Hegeman and Eighth District State Representative Dr. Jim Neely.
With an amazing amount of research, Jan Schwarz presented the family history of the town’s founding father, Daniel Smith, who donated the land for the town. (The town’s namesake was Alexander Greenwood Gower). Upwards of two dozen living descendants of Daniel Smith were recognized and brought together for a family photo.
Big Time Grain Co. rocked the night away and a contest for the best braids and beards was held.