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Author shares family history through books

Preserving history - Jean Somerville with her newest book He Did It All With Dignity And Dispatch.             photo by Sarah Grandy

Author shares family history through books

by Sarah Grandy

ACTON - He Did It All With Dignity And Dispatch is the newest of three books written by Jean Somerville, 84, of Acton.

Somerville is now retired and began writing after teaching public school in Rockwood for 15 years.

“I didn’t have time. After I retired I did a lot of traveling and became more interested in writing,” said Somerville.

The new book is about her late father, Andrew William Frank, who she says was known for many great things.

Hence the name of the book. Frank was well known throughout Halton as a contractor, farmer, businessman, politician, sheriff and a musician.

His music was played on Sod Busters’ radio program, CKCO Hamilton.

Somerville has sold over 400 of her books in total and 75 of the newest book sold before it was even launched.

The launch for He Did It All With Dignity And Dispatch was held on Sept. 29.

Sommerville chose to launch her book at this particular church because it happens to be the same church in which her parents, Andrew William Frank and Elsie Storey, were married 60 years ago and are now resting peacefully.

“It’s a family church,a and seemed like a logical place to have it,” said Somerville.

She noted this was her last big project. She handwrites all her stories on three-lined paper and her granddaughter transfers them onto the computer.

“I’m a history keeper,” she said. “I believe it’s important to accurately record the past.”

The price of the book is $35 and can be purchased from Somerville’s daughter-in-law, Trish Somerville at 519-853-2101 or


October 4, 2013


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