Robert Franklin Ware

“Robert Franklin ‘Bob’ was is a great-great-grandson of pioneer Edmund Ware who came to Trenton with his wife Louisa V. Anderson Ware in 1827.  On his maternal side he is the great-great-grandson of the pioneer Graham family who ran Graham’s mill near Keysburg, KY.  His parents were William Franklin Ware (1895-1959) and Martha Graham Ramsey Ware (1905-1990).  He is the only person to date who was born in the brick home until in 1880 by Charles W. Ware (owned by the Ware family until 1947 and presently owned by Ralph French) located in Trenton.  He grew up on the family farm along with his brother William E. Ware an his sister Rosamond Ware (Damon).

His training in the popcorn business began prior to entering elementary school as he sold bags of popped corn on the streets of Trenton and gained the nickname of ‘Mistchy’ as he asked every man he met to buy a bag of popcorn.  He grew up in the growing and selling of popcorn in W.F. Ware Co., which his father started in the early 1930’s, the first wholesale handling of popcorn south of the Ohio river.  He graduated from Trenton High as Valedictorian in 1944.  Then attended the University of Kentucky in 1947-1948, but returned home in 1948 to assist his father in managing W.F. Ware Co.  He also was active in the operation of Tiny Town Enterprises and managed the Tiny Town Drive-In during 1950-1953.  After a fire destroyed the processing plant, W.F. Ware Co. purchased Trenton Grain Co. and Robert became the President of W.F. Ware Co.  He served as director of the Popcorn Institute located in Chicago, IL for several years. Mr. Ware is still an active contractor of popcorn in Todd and surrounding counties.  Operating as a rough sheller, W.F. Ware Co., Inc. sells popcorn to processors throughout the United States.

He has since been involved in numerous business ventures including the development of Alden Pines Golf Course in Pineland, FL, a large popcorn processing plant in Evansville, IN (M&M Products), and a large farming operation in Todd and Christian counties in Kentucky and in Montgomery County, TN.

He married Rosa Belle Bouldin (daughter of Claude Dennis Bouldin II and Mabel Gray White) of Guthrie, KY in 1952.  Rosa, born July 26, 1931, was raised on a farm near Tiny Town…

Bob and ‘Pie’ had two daughters: Denise Ramsey Ware (married Jerry Ronald Stuart) and Leigh Annette Ware (married Barry Keith Groves).  They have four grandchildren:…

For numerous years, Bob and ‘Pie’ voluntarily served the Community of Trenton.  Bob has been a Sunday School teacher at the Trenton Baptist Church, member of the Trenton Civic Club, Director of United Southwestern Bank, member of the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department, Town Board Member and Mayor of Trenton for 16 years.

Rosa Belle Ware passed away Nov. 3, 1985 of an apparent heart attack and is buried in Trenton’s Edgewood Cemetery.”

Source:  History of Todd County, Turner Publishing Co., Paducah KY, 1995, page 305

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