Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, May 9, l9l8
UNCLE ROBERT BOWSHER, whose death occurred on April 30th, was laid at rest last Friday afternoon in the Leon Cemetery. One of the largest crowds that ever attended a funeral in Leon, paid their last respects to this highly respected and prominent citizen. The funeral services were held at the home of his son, J.R. BOWSHER, in east Leon, the services being conducted by Rev. W.M. Brooks, Pastor of the Leon M.E. Church. The services were beautiful and impressive. The commodious BOWSHER home, the porches and the spacious lawn was crowded with hundreds of people. A large number of people from out of town including many from Princeton, Mo., the former home of UNCLE ROBERT, were in attendance at the funeral. UNCLE ROBERT was loved and respected by all. He was known to almost every resident of the county and to know him was to love and respect him. The I.O.O.F. of which he was a member, was in charge of the service.
ROBERT BOWSHER was born in Bowsherville, Wyandotte County, Ohio, September llth, l834, being 83 years, seven months and nineteen days old. He was reared on a farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. From the farm he went to Carey, Ohio, to live with his uncle, ANTHONY BOWSHER, who was in the hotel business. Leaving Carey at about l8 years of age he went to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where he engaged in the grocery business for a number of years and while there was married to MARY JANE DRAKE, February l4, l860.
In March, l866, he moved to Princeton, Mo., and engaged in the hotel and livery business which he followed for fifteen years, during which time he proved himself to be one of the most energetic and progressive business men of the city, being the first man to put up ice and open up a livery barn in Princeton. During this time he was one of the appraisers for right-of-way for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway from Princeton, Mo., to Lineville, Iowa. While living at Princeton, he was County Coroner for years. He was a charter member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Princeton and was the last surviving charter member of the Lodge to pass away.
During his hotel life he purchased a farm north of Princeton which he farmed while living a private life in Princeton. While in possession of this farm, he erected a hotel, known as the BOWSHER Mineral Spring Summer Resort and conducted the same until l896, when he sold the farm with all improvements to Mercer County, Mo., to be used as a County Hospital.
He moved to Leon, Iowa, January l6th, l896, and occupied the Cruikshank property in east Leon, where he resided one year while building his new home in west Leon, where he lived until about two years ago, then taking rooms at the Hotel Leon for a short time, after which he made his home with his son, J.R. BOWSHER, in east Leon, Iowa. In l905, he became a partner in the firm of BOWSHER & BOWSHER.
Two children survive, being J.R. BOWSHER, of Leon, Iowa, and MRS. KATE KOHLER, of Butte, Montana, several grandchildren, other relatives including brothers and sister, and hosts of friends remain to mourn his departure.
"UNCLE BOB BOWSHER", as he was so familiarly known by his associates, friends, and all with whom he had come in contact, possessed a unique character, being blunt and out-spoken, yet kind and sympathetic, always pitying the poor and unfortunate, ever on the look-out to encourage and assist in every progressive movement for the community and his friends. A "diamond in the rough" has left us but his memory for all who knew him will live with us to the end. His life covered a stormy period with many a bitter struggle for him but his death was peaceful and without a struggle.
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