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James Brewster Fowler
Birth: Oct. 6, 1829
Mount Hope
Holmes County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1915
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA

James Brewster Fowler was born to Thomas Fowler and Mary Stahl in Salt Creek Township, Holmes County, Ohio in 1829. The date of birth on the headstone is incorrect.

James married Hannah Painter and they had four sons, Lorenzo Dow, John L, Howard June and Gilbert Turner Fowler.

The family along with James' brother Layman Dowell Fowler came to California in 1870 and purchased 640 acres of farm land in Warthan Canyon, Fresno County, California.

The brothers were carpenters and from 1880 to mid 1890 contracted with the City on several projects in Fresno, including the fence around the Court House and the Fancher Creek Bridge.

James was widowed in 1900 and continued to live in Fresno until 1915 when he came to Santa Rosa, California with his youngest son Gilbert.

The family travelled by car, but because James was in poor health and walked with a cane Gilbert arranged for him to make the trip by train.

It is not known if he became disoriented or fell but he was still on the track moments after disembarking and was hit by the same train that brought him to Santa Rosa on January 12, 1915 in what is now historic Railroad Square.

He was discovered by a neighborhood resident later that night and died from his injuries the next day. He is buried next to Samuel Bickmore the father of Gilbert's wife Ida May.

He was preceded in death by his wife Hannah and his sons John L. and Howard June Fowler.

Family links: 
  Hannah Painter Fowler (1832 - 1900)*
  Lorenzo Dow Fowler (1852 - 1944)*
  Howard June Fowler (1860 - 1911)*
  Gilbert Turner Fowler (1868 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA
Plot: Eastern Half Circle 4
GPS (lat/lon): 38.45583, -122.70389
Created by: Pamela Fowler Sweeney
Record added: Apr 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25700729
James Brewster Fowler
Added by: Pamela Fowler Sweeney
James Brewster Fowler
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James Brewster Fowler
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