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|Sarah Elizabeth Wherry Bowler
October 27, 1822–March 9, 1904
|"In the midst of life, we are in death." How true this is and how strikingly we are being reminded of this as the aged who have reached life's utmost limit and the infants who have just begun life's journey are being taken from us."
The subject of this sketch, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Wherry was born in Fairview, Ohio on the 27th day of October 1822. She was married to Mr. James Bohler on the 1st day of Dec. 1842. To this union eight children were born five of whom are still living. Two children died in infancy and one, Mrs. J. B. Hutton, later in life. Those living are: Mrs. J. M. Paul, Mr. Ross Bohler and Mrs. H. V. Haddock of Onslow, Mrs. T. K. Paul of Dallas Center Ia., and Mr. Wm Bohler of Center Junction Ia. She emigrated with her husband from Ohio to Indiana in the year 1851 where they remained for three years. They then came by wagon to Jones County Ia. in 1854, where they located on a farm between Wyoming and Oxford. At the breaking out of the civil war Mr. Bohler enlisted as a volunteer and faithfully served his country till June 17th, 1865 when honorably discharged. On Feb. 18th of the following year he died. During the absence of her husband in the army and after his death Mrs. Bohler exhibited her sterling worth and christian character by the way she provided for and brought up her children. In early life she united with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church and during her residence of 25 years in Onslow she became a member of the Presbyterian church at this place. At one time while living near Wyoming there being no church near she threw open her home for religious services and has ever shown an active interest in the service of her Lord and the church. She fell asleep on the 9th of March 1904 trusting in the promise of her Saviour and his atoning blood for salvation. The funeral left the home of Mrs. Haddock for the church where the service was conducted by her pastor Rev. P. A. Tinkham who spoke from John 14:1-2-3. Mrs. Bohler was laid to rest in the Wyoming Cemetery.
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