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Samuel Bowman {obituary} {Iowa}
Posted by: Deborah Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: October 07, 2003 at 16:37:32
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The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa
Thursday, October l2, l899

SAMUEL BOWMAN died at his residence in Davis City on Tuesday, October l0th, l899 at l2 o'clock and 52 minutes p.m. MR. BOWMAN had been an invalid for the past two years and his death was not unexpected although the news came as a shock to a vast number of relatives and friends. The funeral services will be held at one o'clock today under the auspices of the Masonic Order. Rev. J.A. McKay of Weston, will be here to deliver the memorial address.

Probably no man in Decatur County has enjoyed the acquaintance of more people, or has been more universally loved and respected than SAMUEL BOWMAN. In view of this fact it was but natural that the crowd assembled at the Union Church last Thursday to pay a last tribute of respect to his memory, should be one of the largest ever gathered there. About half past twelve o'clock, at the family home, his wife and children, his sister, MISS E.W. BOWMAN of Chicago, his brothers, WM. BOWMAN of Leon and J.H. BOWMAN of Des Moines, and other relatives of the deceased, gathered about the casket to bid farewell to all that was mortal of their loved one. After a short prayer by Rev. McKay, the Cornet Band followed by the Masonic Fraternity of this and neighboring towns, led the long procession to the church. The pall bearers were I.R. Smith of Lamoni, Horace Farquhar and J.N. Gates of Leon, Geo. Cartwright of Decatur, T.A. Sutherlin of Davis City and Thos. Hagan of Pleasanton.

The invocation at the church by Rev. Rusk was followed by a sermon by Rev. McKay of Dexter, from the text, "Set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live." The hymns, Home Fires, the Dove, and Nearer My God to Thee, were sung on this occasion by request of MR. BOWMAN. The other music was also beautiful and appropriate, especially the quartette, Memory. The church was decorated with potted plants and autumn leaves. The Leon W.R.C. sent a handsome floral piece. The casket was covered with roses, carnations and smilax, while just above the casket hovered a white dove, the emblem of purity and peace. After the remains had been viewed by the Masonic brethren and other friends, the procession, moving to the muffled beat of the drum, wended its way to the cemetery where the beautiful and impressive burial service was conducted by Dr. J.B. Horner, Master of the Lodge at Davis City. Side by side with little ROY, his youngest born, there to await the Resurrection morn, repose the ashes of SAMUEL BOWMAN.

Another of earth's noblemen has gone to his rest, has laid aside the iron crown of pain and care for one of peace and joy in immortality. Earth is lonelier that he is away, but Heaven is nearer and dearer that he is there. The tears will come because we miss him, yet we would not call him back to life's troubled paths where "Beside each shrinking soul there stands the grim gaunt phantom of uncertainty." O, longing heart, rejoice that his sleep will know not sorrows waking; look to the Savior who will wipe every tear, rembering that "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

-- F.M.H.
The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa
Thursday, October l9, l899


SAMUEL BOWMAN was born in the Shenandoah Valley, Rockingham County, Va., March 27, l834. He died at his home in Davis City, October l0, l899, aged 65 years, 7 months and 23 days.

At an early age he moved with his parents to Henry Co., Indiana settling near Middletown where he received his early educational training. He completed his schooling by a college course at Newcastle, Indiana. In l856 he moved to Davis City where he has since resided with the exception of the period of the Civil War and a residence of one year at King City, Mo.

At the age of twenty-one he was married to MARY DAVIS, whose father, WM. DAVIS was the founder of Davis City. About two years after this marriage, his wife and infant daughter were called from this life.

When President Lincoln called for volunteers, SAMUEL BOWMAN was among the first to offer his services, enlisting with Co. D of the 4th Iowa Infantry. His company was commanded by George Burton of Leon, and his regiment by Col. G.M. Dodge. MR. BOWMAN was successively made sergeant, second and first Lieutenants. He was mustered out as Brevet Captain at Atlanta, Ga. in l864.

Returning to Iowa he was married June l0, l866 to MISS EMMA ARNOLD. To this union were born eight children: W.L. BOWMAN, editor of the King City Democrat, MRS. W.A. BROWN and DR. F.A. BOWMAN of Leon, one son and three daughters are still at home, MISS MAUDE being employed in our public schools. The sad death of little ROY, the youngest, by accidental drowning in the river just east of town, July 5th, l896, will doubtless be remembered by many readers of the Advance.

MR. BOWMAN served this county as Superintendent of Public Schools for one term; he was Justice of the Peace for Burrell Township for 24 years, and served as postmaster at Davis City during Cleveland's first administration.

About one year ago he united with the Presbyterian Church and has continually given ample evidence of faith in his Redeemer. For several years past he has been greatly afflicted, but through all his suffering he has shown remarkable patience, and expressed his willingness to answer the last great call.

His wife, all of his children except his eldest son, his brother WILLIAM, and other near relatives were at his bedside at the time of his death.

The Davis City Masonic Lodge, of which he was a charter member; assisted by neighboring lodges took charge of the funeral ceremonies which occurred Thursday afternoon, October l2. The sermon was preached by Rev. J.A. McKay, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Dexter.

SAMUEL BOWMAN was a devoted husband, a loving father, a kind brother, a true friend, a generous neighbor and a loyal citizen. Kindness and affability were distinguishing characteristics of his life and his home was always noted for its hospitality. It may truly be said of him that he was one who loved his fellow men. The cry of the distressed never fell unheeded on his ear, the needy never left his door uncomforted.

In the days of his strength, every enterprise for public good enlisted his cooperation and in all his years of public service he was ever just and upright. Though a son of the South his loyal defense of the Union proclaims him not a Virginian, but an American, not a partisan but a patriot.

There are Gethsemane's in every life, but they are crowned with the peace that follows resignation. May that peace abide to the heart of his bereaved family.

All those who journey soon or late
Must pass within the Garden's gate.
Must kneel alone in anguish there
And battle with some fierce despair.
God pity those who cannot say
"Not mine but Thine, "Who only pray
"Let this cup pass," and cannot see
The purpose in Gethsemane.


We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of a devoted husband and loving father. Only those who have passed through the fiery furnace of bereavement know how vain the attempt to express in words the feeling of gratitude toward kind and loving friends. When the sea on which you sail is swept by the same bitter tempest, may you find as true and devoted friends as you have proved yourself to be.


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October 7, 2003

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