|Birth: ||May, 1844|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1909|
Charles Edson Bowman, one of the best known residents of the village, passed away at his home on North Center street on Friday evening last, September 3, 1909, at 8:45 o'clock, after a long illness during which he made a brave but futile fight.
He came to Michigan when a mere boy accompanying his parents who were among the very first settlers to go into the section of Midland County known as Edenville. There they resided for a number of years. Mr. Bowman simply had the advantages of a common school education which in those days and in that section of the state were meager. Early in life Mr. Bowman naturally took to the timber business and this he followed as long as the strength would permit of his engaging in active business occupation. For many years he was engaged in the timber joobing business and at one time amassed a considerable estate but a venture into some timber lands which turned out to be of much poorer quality than they seemed when the investigation was made was the cause of the loss of his fortune. After that he engaged in the cedar business buying cedar for the Cleveland Cedar Company for a number of years, remaining with this company until about four years ago when he went with another concern for about a year prior to the time when his health gave way and compelled him to relinquish work.
About three years ago his failing health first made itself evident in his condition but after several months of illness he recovered to such an extent that he again entered into his work in a vigorous manner and felt so encouraged that he was getting along and would soon be a well man again. The strength lasted only a comparatively short time, however, and soon he was again compelled to relinquish his work and to take absolute rest. He fought against the malady which overcame him and about a forthnight ago was so well that he visited his son in Vanderbilt, going up there alone and enjoying the trip very much. A few days later he and Mrs. Bowman visited Vanderbilt and the writer saw him as he alighted from the train, shaking hands with him, and his strength appeared to be good and his appearances were of a man who was making rapid strides towards recovery. His strength came so fast that he was able to get down town several times and his friends were encouraged over his prospects for health having watched his long illness with keen interest. But his strength was not for long and on Friday of last week his weak heart was
not able to stand the strain any longer and he passed away that evening as recorded above.
Mr. Bowman came to this section about twelve years ago and had always been a highly respected resident of the community. He made many friends in a business and personal way, and though many times in the last year or more his life had been despaired of by family and friends who were aware that it was hanging on by a slender cord, yet the
announcement of his death was none the less of a shock to all. Mr.Bowman came to Gaylord from Isabella county, where he had resided for some time.
Mr. Bowman was wedded to Julia E. Raymond, whose native home was in St. Clair County. In Hope township, Midland County, on October 11, 1868, and their wedded life had always been a most pleasant and happy one. To them were born five children, the first-born, a son, passing away when a mere lad. During all his long illness his faithful wife at his side rendering all help and comfort possible. Mr. Bowman is survived by his
widow and four children, Warren G. Bowman of Vanderbilt, Charles D.Bowman of Lovells, Eber A. Bowman of Washington State, and Mrs. Lewis Niles of this place.
Mr. Bowman was a member of Corning lodge, F & A M of Farwell, Michigan, of the Royal Arch Masons of Mt. Pleasant and of the Maccabee lodge of Loomis, Michigan. The funeral was held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Niles, on North center street on Tuesday afternoon of this week at 2:30 o'clock and was largely attended. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. U. G. Rich, pastor of the Congregational church of this place and the interment was in Fairview cemetery.
Julia Etta Raymond Bowman (1851 - 1928)
Wallace E. Boman (1869 - 1871)*
Elmer Daniel Bowman (1873 - 1952)*
Created by: Julie Marsh
Record added: Aug 01, 2008
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