_Jonathan BOWER _____+ | (.... - 1833) _Joel BOWER _________| | (1794 - 1866) | | |_Martha ROBISON _____ | | |--Benjamin Franklin BOWER | (1835 - 1902) | _Abraham LOBACH _____+ | | (1780 - 1822) |_Sarah LOBAUGH ______| (1803 - 1872) | |_Catherine SHULTZ ___
B. F. Bower homesteaded land in Colorado and Federal records show his address as "town of Alamosa, County Costilla, Colorado" 1889. After "proving up" they decided the land wasn't worthwhile and let it go back for taxes.
B. F. married Ruth Ann Cline January 28, 1869, by Rev. Abner Orr, minister of M. E. church. Recorded in Book E, pg. 343, Jefferson Co., Iowa.
In the 1879 edition of the History of Jefferson Co., Iowa, pg. 528, B. F. Bower is listed as farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 27, P. O. Glasgow; born in Adams Co., Pa., in 1836; in 1847, moved to Holmes Co., Ohio, and engaged in farming and stock-raising; came to Henry Co., Iowa, in 1850; to Jefferson Co., in 1869; since been farming and stock-raising. Married Ruth Cline Jan. 28, 1869; she was born in Jefferson Co., June 21, 1848; had five children--Delia C., born Feb. 20, 1870; Clinton T., born May 15, 1871, died Jan. 30, 1874; Mary E., born May 18, 1873; John L., born April 5, 1875; Annie M., born Jan. 13, 1877. Owns 640 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Enlisted, in 1861, in Co. G, 11th I.V.I.; mustered out in 1865; was in the battles of Iuka, Corinth, Bolivar, and Atlanta; captured at the battle of Atlanta and held prisoner for seven months; in Andersonville prison two months; at Florence, S. C., five months. Liberal.
In the 1879 edition of the History of Jefferson Co., pp. 370-371, the following appears: A PRIMITIVE SCHOOLHOUSE--"TEACHING THE YOUNG IDEA HOW TO SHOOT."
When the settlers came to the wilds of the "Forty-Mile Strip," they brought with them that love of education which seems to be a part of every true American; and as early as the spring of 1837, they made arrangements for a school for the summer and winter of that year. There was no schoolhouse, as a matter of course, nor school districts, nor school money. Educational affairs were in chaos--without form or organization--and the pioneer fathers were left to their own resources and management.
A central location, as to the convenience of the neighborhood, was selected out on the Prairie, now included in the farm of B. F. Bower, where a log building was erected for a schoolhouse. Each settler who had children large enough to "go to school," volunteered a certain amount of work toward its erection. It was neither large nor pretentious. There was one window in each side of the structure, and a door in one end. The furniture was of the most primitive kind. The floor was made from puncheons--at least, it was commenced with puncheons, but school "took up" before it was finished. The seats were made of the same kind of stuff, or, may be, from a suitably-sized tree cut in suitable lengths, and then "halved," i.e. split in two. The split sides were dressed down with a broad-ax. Holes were bored near the ends of the rounded sides, with an inch-and-a-half or two-inch auger, and pins driven in for supports. Writing "benches" or desks were made by boring slanting holes in the logs, in which supports or arms were driven, and on which a wide plank or puncheon, with the upper side dressed smooth, was laid, and held in place by a shoulder that was cut on the lower ends of the supports. This completed the furniture, unless, perhaps, an old splint-bottomed chair was added as a seat for the teacher.
The school was attended by about eighteen scholars, and was continued three months. The teacher was not very particular about the kind of books, other than as to the character of their contents; and, even if he had been somewhat imperious and exacting in this regard, it would have been a waste of desire to arrange his scholars in classes to economize time and labor, for there is a probability that the parents had not the means to buy such books as were necessary to the formation of classes. They used such books as they had, teachers, pupils and parents bowing in submission to circumstances and exigencies that surrounded them, and glad to have a school if every individual scholar had a different book. The principal books used in that first school were the English Reader (the best reader ever used in American schools), Daboll's arithmetic, Kirkham's grammar (the author of which fell a victim to intemperance and died in a state of intoxication in a Cincinnati still-house), Olney's geography and Webster's elementary spelling-book; hence, the course of study was orthography, reading, writing, arithmetic, English grammar and geography.
_Frederick "Lewis" BOWER _+ | (1838 - 1878) m 1860 _Franklin (Frank) BOWER _| | (1868 - 1940) m 1890 | | |_Amelia HIMLER ___________+ | (1839 - 1924) m 1860 | |--Edith BOWER | (1891 - 1972) | __________________________ | | |_Sarah Bell YEAGER ______| m 1890 | |__________________________
_ROBERT BOWER _______ | (1794 - ....) m 1814 _GEORGE SMITH BOWER _| | (1820 - 1884) m 1844| | |_SARAH SMITH ________ | (.... - 1851) m 1814 | |--LOUISA BOWER | (1856 - ....) | _____________________ | | |_LOUISA WOODROW _____| (1823 - 1900) m 1844| |_____________________
_David BOWERS _______+ | (1816 - 1902) m 1846 _Edward L. BOWERS __________| | (1847 - 1916) m 1867 | | |_Susanna STRINGER ___ | (1822 - ....) m 1846 | |--Earl H. BOWERS | (1874 - ....) | _____________________ | | |_Romania (Romie) T. FUGLAS _| (1851 - ....) m 1867 | |_____________________
William G. Moore, Hubbard, Texas, compiler, David Bowers family group records, March 1996
_Green Willis BOWERS _+ | (1803 - 1849) m 1827 _John B. BOWERS _____| | (1838 - 1914) m 1865| | |_Elizabeth HOLLEY ____ | (1812 - 1864) m 1827 | |--Isaac Newton BOWERS | (1868 - 1952) | ______________________ | | |_Rosamond EDWARDS ___| (1844 - 1931) m 1865| |______________________
Mabel Bowers Heather, Hamilton, Missouri, October 7, 1969, letter to Marilyn McCluen, Rockwood, Tennessee
Carrie Polk Johnston and W. H. S. McGlumphy, History of Clinton and Caldwell Counties, Missouri, Historical Publishing Co
Ruby Bowman, Wichita, Kansas, compiler, descendancy chart for John B. (Big John) Bowers, November 15, 1993
_John HAMILTON ______ | m 1839 _Adam Bower HAMILTON _____| | (1845 - 1921) m 1876 | | |_Rachael BOWER ______+ | (1820 - 1904) m 1839 | |--George Egbert HAMILTON | (1879 - 1964) | _____________________ | | |_Melinda Littlewood SNOW _| m 1876 | |_____________________
_____________________ | _Jacob B. MILLER ____| | (1852 - ....) m 1868| | |_____________________ | | |--Ellen MILLER | (1874 - ....) | _Wiliam E. WALKER ___ | | (1816 - ....) m 1837 |_Rosilla E. WALKER __| (1844 - ....) m 1868| |_Emeline GREEN ______ (1818 - 1885) m 1837
1880 Census of Polk Twp., Marshall Co., Indiana data from Gina Bower
_____________________ | _Joseph ROHLOFF _____| | (1832 - 1913) m 1869| | |_____________________ | | |--Charles ROHLOFF | (1871 - 1947) | _Caspar KLETT _______+ | | (1817 - 1875) m 1833 |_Mary E. KLETT ______| (1847 - 1913) m 1869| |_Sophia WIELAND _____+ (1817 - 1893) m 1833