Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 5/30/2021 at 16:55:07
Walter Bowman, one of the pioneers settlers of Sac County, Iowa, was born in Merrimack county, New Hampshire, February 13, 1841, a son of Levi and Ruth (Abbott) Bowman. The father was born in New England, August 27, 1795, and died in Merrimack county, New Hampshire, October 25, 1841. The mother, born in Bradford, New Hampshire, November 10, 1800, died April 25, 1861.
Walter Bowman, the youngest of four children, was reared on a farm in his native county. In 1865 he located near Pecatonica, Winnebago County, Illinois, where he followed farming until 1870, and in that year settled in Grundy County, Iowa. Five years afterward he located on his present farm in Eureka township, Sac County, Iowa, then wild land, and the nearest railroad was the Illinois Central, at Storm Lake, eighteen miles. Mr. Bowman now has one of the best improved and most valuable farms in the county, where he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has a barn, 26 x 36 feet, a shed, 24 x 80 feet, windmill, mill for grinding feed, and a beautiful grove and orchard.
Our subject was married at Chester, Windsor County, Vermont, September 27, 1866, to Miss Thressa Eastman, who was born, reared and educated in that State, a daughter of Alfred and Lucinda (Gowing) Eastman. The parents died in Windsor County, Vermont, the mother dying when Mrs. Bowman was a small child, and the father about three years ago. The latter was a contractor and builder by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Eastman reared a family of four children, two sons and two daughters. One son, Seymour, served four years in the late war. Another son, Henry, came to this county in 1876, where he died April 13, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman have three children: Waldo E., born July 1, 1869; Bert E., and Bertha I., born in Grundy County, Iowa, May 3, 1872. The children were well educated in the Normal Business College of Storm Lake, and the daughter has been a successful teacher for the past four years. Mr. Bowman is identified with the Republican party, and socially, he is a member of the A. O. U. W. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian Church of Schaller. Our subject takes an active interest in education and religion, and the family are respected by all who know them.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa, 1893, p.511
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