Fowler Brothers Co. Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Fowler Brothers Co. is celebrating the firm's 125th anniversary with five generations in the furniture business in East Tennessee.

In 1885, James G. Sterchi began selling goods as a traveling salesman in east Tennessee with a horse drawn buggy pulled by a blind horse. In 1886 James and his brother, John Calvin Sterchi, opened a furniture store in Knoxville. As business progressed John Calvin and his son-in-law John O. Fowler opened Sterchi Brothers and Fowler in 1911, which was located in downtown Chattanooga. In 1930 John O. Fowler and his brothers Frank and Ben incorporated Fowler Brothers Co. in Chattanooga and Knoxville.

After the death of John O. Fowler in 1943, his son, Richard Calvin Fowler, Sr. became president of the Chattanooga company until his death in 1958. His son Richard Calvin Fowler, Jr. became president in 1981.

Richard C. Fowler Jr. introduced “Carolina Pricing.” This concept brought the lowest prices on fine furniture to the area. The most memorable locations were located downtown next to the Tivoli Theater and off of I-24 at 4th Avenue.

To streamline the business, Richard Fowler Jr. and his wife, Sarah C. Fowler, came up with a new vision for the company in the 1980s. This included closing all of the Chattanooga locations except the I-24 campus. As business at the I-24 location progressed into the 1990s Mr. and Mrs. Fowler passed on their experience and heritage to their children, Sarah Chappell Fowler, Richard Calvin Fowler III, and Walton Carter Fowler. The children continued their parents’ vision for the company by updating and bringing the company into the 21st Century.

Today, Richard C. Fowler, Jr. remains the president of the Fowler Brothers Co., which does business as The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop. His son, Carter Fowler, and daughter, Chappell Fowler, are fifth-generation family members and currently work in the business.

As the Fowler Brothers Co. celebrates its 125th birthday, the company and the Fowler family look forward to another 125 years of serving the Chattanooga community and the Southeast, officials said. The present location off I-24 at 4th Avenue is the only location operated by members of the original Fowler Bros. family.


GDOL To Help Sustainable Corrugated Recruit In Dalton

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Sustainable Corrugated, a manufacturing company, recruit about 60 employees to work in Dalton.   The recruitment will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 2-7 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center located at 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road in Dalton. The employer will be recruiting forklift and machine operators, ... (click for more)

Dr. Austin Roberts Family And Implant Dentistry Has Open House

Dr. Roberts has relocated his practice to Ooltewah, where he and his team are providing care to their patients. Dr. Austin Roberts Family And Implant Dentistry will host an open house with ribbon cutting on Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. at 6107 Ooltewah Georgetown Road.  The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the event.  Hours of operation are from 8 a.m.-5 ... (click for more)

Baylor School Tennis Coach Charged With Buying Meth In Whitfield County, Ga.

A Baylor School tennis coach has been arrested on charges of buying meth in Whitfield County, Ga. Philip Johnson, 51, of Ooltewah, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of a communication facilities during drug transactions. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)