Francis William (Frank) Epperson

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Francis William (Frank) Epperson

Death: 1983 (89)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Thorp Epperson and Hetty Cray Epperson
Husband of Mary Frances Epperson
Father of Private

Managed by: Willdeanna Marie Epperson/Parkhurst
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About Francis William (Frank) Epperson

The ever-popular hot-weather treat known as the Popsicle™ was invented by Frank Epperson, when he was just eleven years old. Born in 1894 and raised in San Francisco, Epperson mixed a soft drink one winter night in 1905 made with soda water powder and water ­ a popular concoction at the time. He left a stirring stick in it and mistakenly left it on the porch overnight.

Epperson found the fruit-flavored substance frozen to the stick when he awoke the next morning, as temperatures had dropped to record lows during the night. Though he is said to have tasted it and shown it to his friends, he did little else with his accidental “invention” for a number of years.

More than 18 years later, in 1923, Epperson decided to apply for a patent on his “frozen ice on a stick.” He decided to call the novelty the “Eppsicle” ice pop. He also began producing the treat in several different flavors. A father by then, his children had begun referring to the Eppsicle as the Popsicle. Later he officially changed the name. That name has stuck for nearly a century.


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