Dec. 26, 1880 Hagarstown Fayette County Illinois, USA
Dec. 2, 1932 Hagarstown Fayette County Illinois, USA
Son of Joseph C & Emma C[Smith] Bowles. He graduated from Vandalia High School. He m June 15,1904, Pearl Cumbaugh. They were parents of 5 children, 2 eldest preceding him in death. Surviving were the wife. children; Dorothy Charles Joe Also surviving were his mother, Emma C Bowles of Chicago brother, George W Bowles of Vandalia Thomas C Bowles of Decatur Albert Bowles of Vandalia Joseph C Bowles of Joliet, Il Dr Mark E Bowles of Cincinnati, Ohio sister, Nelie Carlton of Chicago His father died in 1906.
He taught school for a short time and in January 1904 he with brother George, bought the Pahlman & Enloe stock of merchandise, operating the store for a year,before buying their own building which stands. A short time later, Charles bought out his brother's interest. He was postmaster of Hagarstown for 25 years and took the Bear Grove Twp census in 1900. He was candidate for the State Legislature in 1916 and acting Justice of the Peace at the time of his death. Burial was in McInturff Cem.