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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

R[ussell, Jr.] L. BOWE, living on section 25, Canton Township, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, May 24, 1840. He received his education in the common schools, and for a time was engaged in clerking in his father's store. At the age of fourteen he came with his parents to Benton County, Iowa, and found employment as a clerk in a store in Benton City, and subsequently, during the winter months, taught school.

On the 4th day of November, 1860, he was united in marriage with Alice Stoddard, born in Fredonia, N. Y., April 14, 1841, and a daughter of Alfred and Anna (Gore) Stoddard. He then purchased 200 acres of raw prairie land on sections 25 and 36, and engaged in farming. His wife died in 1869, leaving three children — Eva F., Sarah Adell and Frank E. Mr. Bowe was again married, April 19, 1871, choosing for a wife Meander I. McElroy, born in Trumbull County, Ohio, April 9, 1840. Five children have been born to them — Alice G., Harry L., Arthur F., Nina I. and Herbert R.

Mr. Bowe, in 1877, went to Texas and bought land for a stock ranch. His first purchase consisted of three sections, which he subsequently increased to ten. He sold out in the fall of 1884, realizing a profit of $10,000. Since that time he has invested a large amount in lands in Mexico. He has made eight trips to Texas and Mexico. It can thus he seen that Mr. Bowe is a thorough business man. He takes but little interest in politics, but in his belief is Republican, and casts his vote with that party.

Russell Bowe, the father of our subject, was numbered among the pioneers of 1854. He is a native of New York, born in Otsego County, April 12, 1814. He removed with his parents, to Genesee County, the same State, and afterward to Ohio, settling within forty miles of Cleveland. Returning to Batavia, N. Y., on the 13th day of October, 1836, he was married to Miss Rachel Hollister, born in Otsego, that State, Feb. 6, 1809. Mrs. Bowe's death took place May 17, 1878, and three years later, in the spring of 1881, Mr. Bowe took for his second wife Elizabeth Sterling. He is at present engaged in farming in Gage County, Neb., to which place he moved in the fall of 1879; he is the owner of 640 acres of land. Mr. Bowe is an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been a member of that body nearly sixty years, showing forth by his own example the beauties of a consistent Christian life.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 223-224.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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