|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1829|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1900|
OBITUARY: Waukesha Freeman Nov 29, 1900
"HENRY BOWMAN DEAD.
After a Long and Painful Illness a Useful Life Ends.
On Thursday, Nov. 22, Henry Bowman, one of the prominent residents of Genesee, and of the county as well;
passed to his final reward after a long period of sickness and suffering.
He was a native of Fisherwick Hall,Staffordshire, Eng. where he was born Jan. 18, 1829. His early life was
that of a farmer boy but later he acquired the carpenter's trade and worked at it in England. When he was 21 years of age he prepared to seek a home in America. With this purpose in view on June 28th 1850, he set forth, sailing from Liverpool on the ship Waterloo. As passengers on the same ship there were the Italian patriots, Mazeini and Garabaldi.
The voyage to America was of a month's duration and it was July 28th when Mr. Bowman first set foot on
American soil. He proceeded directly to Wisconsin, and took up his home in Genesee. During his first
winter here he was employed at $7 a month threshing grain with a mall; the next summer he worked as a carpenter
for $9 a month, and during the succeeding dozen years he labored at various occupations and at the then
prevailing low prices, to secure a start in business. His energy and frugality finally gained him a small
capital and this he invested in 1864 by the purchase at Genesee of the mercantile business of P. Barker, and
in 1865 of the store of James Hamilton. For eight years he continued this business with a good measure of
success, which in 1878 enabled him to buy the old Treadway Hotel at Genesee Village, together with a store adjacent,
built by W. D. Medbury. This he occupied henceforth until his death. His success though not great as compared with that of many, was such as to reflect great credit upon him. He was a man of courage, and of dauntless energy throughout his
life, a good citizen who will be long missed from among his neighbors and friends.
In the autumn of 1854 Mr. Bowman was united in marriage to Miss Harriet J. Paul, a sister of' the late John
Paul, and of the late Mrs. James Poole of this city. She came to America in ]841 and after a, residence of two years in New York, became a resident of Genesee where she first met Mr. Bowman. A daughter and two sons were born of this union.
Mrs. Mary Proctor, wife of E. H. Procter, and Harrie A. Bowman still survive.
Henry Bowman was active in the conduction of public affairs, and was frequently elected to minor offices.
He served both as town and county chairman, and for many years occupied the position of postmaster at Genesee. He was a steadfast Republican, a liberal contributor to religious societies and was a member of the Episcopal church.
The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home the Rev. J. K. Kilbourne of Pewaukee,
officiating. There was a large concourse present, and the Masonic order of which Mr. Bowman was an
honored member, took charge. The Freeman in common with the people of Waukesha County extends
its sympathies to the bereaved family."
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Record added: Jun 14, 2009
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