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70th Anniversary: Ted and Kathleen Franks

Ted and Kathleen Franks celebrated their 70th anniversary Nov. 24.

They were married in Medford Nov. 24, 1950. The Franks lived in Southern Oregon until moving to Sweet Home in 1995 when Ted retired.

Ted Franks and Kathleen Hunter met in Central Point in elementary school. Following graduation from Central Point High School, Ted worked as a ratchet setter and sawyer in sawmills in the valley and Tiller for seven years.

After attending linotype school in Indiana, he set type for 11 years at the Ashland Daily Tidings before working as production manager at Gandee’s Printing Center in Medford for 27 years.

Kathleen also set type at the Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune for about 20 years combined.

Ted and Kathleen were involved in bowling leagues and served as officers for many years in Ashland and Medford. Ted was inducted into the Medford Bowling Hall of Fame in 1989.

He is a member of Linn Benton Family Flyfishers, and Midvalley Chapter of Northwest Steelheaders. Kathleen is active in TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OR 0309 Sweet Home. She has been a KOPS (Keep Off Ponds Sensibly) since 2012.

Throughout their marriage they enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family get-togethers.

Their offspring are: daughters and sons-in-law Janice and Darrel Bredahl, Happy Valley; and Marvis and Steven Spencer, Woodburn.

Grandchildren and spouses are Heather Miller, Portland; Doug and Keely Bredahl, Portland; Kara and Charley Gee, Portland. Great-grandchildren are Zoe Miller, Portland; and Tommy and Kit Bredahl-Gee, Portland.

If pandemic restrictions are lifted next year a family get-together to celebrate the milestone anniversary is anticipated.