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John F. and Helen Day Bowen

John F. (1853-1936) and Mary (1857-1926) Bowen were married in 1910. They farmed in the Madrid area most of their married lives, and were parents of six children: Gertrude; Mabel; Frank; Fred; James; and Edith.

Gertrude Bowen was born in 1880, and is now deceased. Like her sister, Mabel never married. Born in 1895, and deceased 1925, she was a telephone operator during her working life. Frank (1883-1977) married Nellie Lee (1896-1980), and they farmed in this area. James (1892) married Myrtle Smock (1896), a fourth-grade teacher in the Madrid Schools. James was a fireman in Des Moines, but they moved to Laguna Hills, California in 1920 or 1921. Fred (1890-1931) married Verva Turner and they also moved in 1920 or 1921. They made their home in Colorado, where Fred and both their sons were ranchers. Their two sons were John and Bill. Edith (1885-1952) was also a telephone operator. She married Mulford Dell Studebaker (1885-1964), and they made their home in California after World War II. Mr. Studebaker was a veterinarian. They had one son, Mulford B. Studebaker, who married Barbara Krantz, of Madrid. Barbara is the daughter of Gustave and Esther Krantz, who were longtime Madrid residents. Mulford, born in 1916, is an accountant, and his wife, who was born in 1917, is a librarian. They have a son, Michael John, born in 1949, who is an accountant living in Fountain Valley, California, and a daughter, Merrilee Ann, born in 1953, who is a secretary in Whittier, California.

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