8 February 1835–31 January 1902
|William Bowers was born in Wayne county, Ohio February 8, 1835 and died in Anamosa, Iowa January 31, 1902, at the age of 66 years, 11 months and 23 days.
Mr. Bowers removed to Iowa in 1854, and located in Cass Township, Jones County. On January 9, 1855, he married Miss Susanna E. Davis in Wayne county, Ohio, and brought his bride to his western home which continued to be their home until 1893, when they retired from the farm and moved to Anamosa.
Mr. and Mrs. Bowers were the parents of eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Three sons and two daughters died in infancy. The living are as follows: Mrs. Arminda V. Bittinger of Ohio; Arthur W. and Mrs. Fannie C. Smith of Washta, Iowa; Ida May of Anamosa; Elmer E. of Texas; and Eva Maude of Anamosa.
Arthur W. and Mrs. Smith of the relatives from a distance attended the funeral, but Elmer was not able to get here until Monday. The bereaved widow also survives him. Mr. Bowers became a member of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1857, and later became a member of the M.E. Church. Because of infirmities that were coming upon him Mr. Bowers had not been a regular attendant of the church for a few years, but his character among his neighbors and acquaintances is most excellent. a kind and obliging neighbor, and indulgent husband and father, a most excellent citizen in every way is gone from us.
The funeral occurred on Sabbath, February 2, at 2:00 P.M., after a brief service in the home the procession moved to the M.E. Church. Messrs. Atwood, Jacobus, Thomas. Stacy, Byerly and Bonstel, all old neighbors of the deceased, were pall bearers.
Although the weather was severe, a large concourse showed respect to his memory by filling the church during the service. Internment was at Riverside.
Submitted by: Steve Hanken
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