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BOWERS, William 1880-1926


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Date: 3/31/2015 at 20:20:00

William Bowers, son of James and Julia Bowers, was born at Edenburg, Virginia, on May the 25th, 1880 and died at the Deaconess hospital at Marshalltown, Iowa, Wednesday evening, August 18, 1926, aged 46 years, 2 months and 23 days.

He is a member of a family of nine children all of whom except one sister survive him. When he was six years of age his parents came to Newburg, Jasper county, Iowa.

On the 21st of December, 1903, he was united in marriage to Miss Maud Wells at Langdon, North Dakota. Immediately after their marriage they moved on a farm near that town. In 1912 they came to a farm in Iowa, 3 miles south west of Beaman, where they remained one year then to the farm where they now reside, two and one half miles north west of Beaman.

To them were born three children, Mrs. Gladys Johnson, Edna and Agnes, who are still at home.

Besides the wife and three daughters, he is survived by his parents, and three brothers, Luther, of Conrad, and Charles of Whitten and Cornelius of Liscomb. Four sisters, Mrs. Cora Hurdle, of Marshalltown, Mrs. Gertie Morgan of Pasadena, California, Mrs. Magie Richtsmier of Robertson, Iowa, also nephews and nieces and other near relatives.

He was a member of the Conrad Methodist Episcopal church and a brother in the Conrad Woodmen lodge. He was a man of broad sympathies and congenial nature, a loving husband and father, a true brother and friend.

Mild and gentle as he was brave,
The purest love of his life he gave
To simple things; where the violet grew
Clear as the eyes they were likened to.

Funeral services were held from the Beaman M.E. church on Friday afternoon at half past two o'clock. The Reverend J. J. Snyder officiated assisted by the Reverend E. E. Clements of the Conrad M.E. church. Harry Wilson, Fred and Adolph Bruene and Benjamin Rowe sang the hymns: "Higher Ground" and "Lead Kindly Light." They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. T. E. Evans.

George and William Simms, Walter and Joseph Clements, Elzy Smith and C. C. Alexander, Mrs. Nellie Shaw and Mrs. Maude Simms cared for the flowers.

Interment was made in the Conrad cemetery.

Of his near relatives all were present at the funeral except his sister, Mrs. Gertie Morgan, of Pasadena, California, and his wife's mother, Mrs. Cora Wells, who was then on her way from Vanduard, Canada.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 September 1926, pg 4


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