Frank Hamilton Sallows (1904-1976)

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Frank Hamilton Sallows
Sallows, Frank H.jpg
Born: 10 Jul 1904 Lansing, Michigan
Died: 18 Jan 1976 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: James Francis Sallows
Mother: Alexia Isabel Shingle
Siblings: Ada Alexia Sallows
Frances Sallows
Margery Sallows
Frank Hamilton Sallows
Spouse: Isadora Minerva Price
Married: 11 Jul 1925 Cross Village, Michigan
Children: Frank Hamilton Sallows Jr.
Rosemary Frances Sallows
Melody K. Sallows


State Journal, 1969:

49 Years a Newsman
State Journal's Frank Sallows Retires

State Journal Feature Editor

It was a Monday, and seven Lansing residents had been injured in weekend traffic mishaps—a record, said the headline on Page 1 of The State Journal.

A Detroit judge, the evening before, had told a packed Prudden Auditorium Audience that he was opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment by which private and parochial schools would be abolished in Michigan. That story also got Page 1 play.

So did a wire service dispatch from New York, describing how police were investigating a bombing which, the previous Friday, had killed 34 and injured 300 on Wall Street.

And Sen. Warren G. Handing of Ohio was engaged in "front porch" talks as he sought the presidency.

It was Sept. 20, 1920, and an alert blond teen-ager fresh out of Central High School scanned each of the stories as he carried the copy out to The State Journal composing room. He wanted to do his new copy boy job efficiently, but he also thought it would be a good idea if he knew something about what was going on in the world, and the nation, and in Lansing.


Today, nearly 49 years later, retiring Frank H. Sallows was honored by his fellow employes for a five-decade newspaper career during which he became proficient in almost every phase of the newspaper writing business.

Since 1943, Sallows has been chief editorial writer.

His foundation for that assignment was based on nearly a quarter-century of solid reporting, during which he won the respect of his superiors, fellow workers and "the competition" for thoroughness and precise accuracy in writing the news of the day.

As a reporter, Sallows was attracted often to the "little stories" that weren't necessarily destined for top play, but which "somebody will be interested in reading." And long after he put away his reporter's notebook, he harped on the follow-up part of the reporting business, always insisting that a story was not complete without an ending. Through the years, Sallows had his share of working on the exciting stories—the ones that made it exciting to live in Lansing in the 20s and 30s.

He worked several of the news beats in the city before being assigned to the city hall and police beat. Then, in 1927, he covered the state Capitol, two years later heading The State Journal's Capitol staff.

Sallows was one of the first reporters to arrive at the scene of the Bath School disaster in 1927. Later that year he covered a convention of governors at Mackinac Island.

He edited much of the material in The State Journal's 75th anniversary edition in 1930.

Sallows also worked on the story of the disastrous Kerns Hotel fire, in which 34 persons lost their lives in 1934. He wrote some of the copy at the time of the Labor Holiday in 1937 and did much of the local reporting and writing at the end of that decade as Lansing girded for World War II.


Editorially, Sallows was the newspaper's voice as it promoted civic expansion after the war, revision of the state constitution, and state government revision. His writing, usually serious in tone, concealed a dry wit that he exhibited often to friends and fellow workers.

Sallows' biographical sketch in his file in the newspaper's library fails to note that he is listed in "Who's Who" — an honor not accorded most working newsmen.

His record of 49 years of service—interrupted only for a few months in 1930 when he left for Alliance, Neb., to assist an uncle who had a newspaper there—is unprecedented on The State Journal staff.

Sallows, who lives at 3000 Westwood Ave., will move with his wife, Isadora, to the family home at Harbor Springs.

Sallows was the guest of honor this afternoon at an employee send-off in The State Journal lounge.

Frank Sallows
Wedding Day at Cross Village Church


Petoskey News-Review, Friday, 19 Jan 1976:

Frank Sallows
Rites Monday

Frank Sallows, 71, of Harbor Springs, died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Lockwood-MacDonald Hospital.

Private funeral services will be held at the Estes Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing on Monday. Interment will be in Mount Hope cemetery in Lansing.

Mr. Sallows was born July 10, 1904 in Lansing. On July 11, 1924, he married the former Isadora Price in Cross Village. They were the first couple to be married in the Presbyterian Church in Cross Village.

Mr. Sallows was a journalist and was employed by the State Journal in Lansing for 49 years, retiring in 1969. From 1943 until his retirement, he was the chief editorial writer for the State Journal. He was listed in the Who's Who for working newsmen. Following his retirement, he moved to Harbor Springs where he has made his home since.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Frank, Jr., of Lansing; two daughters, Melody at home and Mrs. Rosemary Stevens of Ionia; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Sallows of Lansing and Mrs. Carl (Marjorie) Schneeberger of Olivet.

Arrangements were handled by the Gillian-Erwin Funeral Chapel in Harbor Springs.

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
Sallows, Frank H. & Price, Isadora M.
Date of Marriage: 7/11/1925
Liber: 4
Folio: 235
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Sallows, Frank Hamilton
Date of Death: 1/15/1976
Liber: 1976
Folio: P15
Place of Death: Petoskey, MI
Sallows, Frank
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1904
Death Date: Jan 1976
Social Security Number: 369-01-2277
State Number Was Issued: Michigan
Death Residence Locality Zip Code: 49740
Locality: Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Sallows, Frank Hamilton
Age: 71
Born: 7/10/1904
Died: 1/15/1976
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Mt. Hope, Lansing
Obituary: on file - PNR - 01/16/1976
Frank H. Sallows