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Guy Emerson Bowerman, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1866
Coldwater
Branch County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 1940
California, USA

(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)

Hon. Guy Emerson Bowerman, who is first commissioner of finance for the state of Idaho brings to his official duties the broad knowledge gained from many years of experience in banking and financial circles. He was born in Coldwater, Michigan, October 8, 1866, a son of Thomas Henry Bowerman, who was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and spent his entire life in that state. In early manhood he wedded Elizabeth M. Daken, a native of Vermont and a representative of one of the old New England families. For more than a half century they occupied the same house in Coldwater, Michigan. The father has now passed away, but the mother survives and resides in San Diego, California.

Reared in his native state to the age of eighteen years and acquiring his education in its public schools, Guy Emerson Bowerman then left home to go to South Dakota, settling at. Dell Rapids in 1884. He at once secured employment in a bank there and after three years, or when twenty-one years of age, was advanced to the position of cashier. He continued in active connection with banking interests in that state until 1899, when he came to Idaho and established his home at St. Anthony. The banking business of Idaho was then in its infancy and the initiative and enterprise of the young banker were at once manifest. Recognizing the opportunities of a young but rapidly developing state, and having the most profound confidence in its future, he carefully directed his efforts along financial lines and has come to be regarded as one of the prominent bankers and financiers of the state. He was the founder of the first bank established in his district between Idaho Falls and Montana, the institution being originally called the Idaho State Bank and later converted into the First National Bank of St. Anthony, of which he remained president until 1912, when he sold his interests. He has been very active as the founder and promoter of banks for many years. He assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of Driggs, also the First National Bank of Ashton and the Fremont County Bank of Sugar City. Each of these institutions received his personal attention and became valuable factors in the development of the communities in which they are located. After the experimental stage was passed and the banks were placed upon a substantial basis Mr. Bowerman withdrew from the first two. He is still, however, connected with eight different banks in the state. He was one of the organizers of the Idaho State Bankers Association, of which he has been honored with the presidency, and he has also served as a member of the executive council of the American Bankers Association.

On the 18th of September, 1888, Mr. Bowerman was married in Mitchell, Ontario, when twenty-two years of age, to Miss Susanna Priscilla Wilson, a native of Ontario. To them has been born a son, Guy Emerson, whose birth occurred August 29, 1896. He was graduated from the high school of St. Anthony and had just completed his freshman year at Yale in June, 1917, when at the age of twenty years he enlisted in the Yale Ambulance Unit for service in the great war. He sailed for France on the 7th of August, 1917, and when his unit reached that country it was at once assigned to duty with the French army and so continued to the end of the war. Guy E. Bowerman, Jr., was decorated with the Croix du Guerre for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, having volunteered to go to the rescue of the wounded during a full bombardment. He was one of the first thirty thousand Americans to reach France and spent twenty months in that land. He returned to the United States in 1919, reaching his native shores on Easter morning, and he will re-enter Yale, continuing his course in the university.

Mr. Bowerman is well known in Masonic circles, belonging to the lodge, the commandery, the consistory and the Mystic Shrine. He is also an Elk. a Knight of Pythias and an Odd Fellow. He is a past chancellor in the Knights of Pythias, a past noble grand in the Odd Fellows and past master in the Masons. In politics he Is a republican
and for one term, during the twelfth general assembly, he served as a member of the Idaho house of representatives, which honored him with the chairmanship of the committee on appropriations and a member of the committee on banks and banking. He has served as mayor of St. Anthony and his administration was marked by the utmost efficiency and economy. His interest in the affairs of community and commonwealth has been of a vital and valuable character and he has always been a willing volunteer in any cause that has had for its object the welfare of state or nation. He has served as a member of the Idaho Liberty Loan Committee and as county chairman for the Liberty Loan drives in Fremont county that have made such a remarkable record. His deep interest in every moment calculated to advance the welfare of the soldiers in the field or support the cause of America and the allied forces has made him a leader In all war work. Another fact in his career is that his moral support of any project has been also further endorsed by his financial aid. A most public-spirited citizen, he has constantly put forth effective effort for the general good and the high place which he had won in financial circles led to his appointment as commissioner of finance in the cabinet of Governor Davis. The appointment came to him on the 31st of March, 1919, and he assumed the duties of the office on the 6th of May following. This was entirely contrary to his wish. He had no ambition for public life and it was only under great pressure that he was induced to accept the office, which he has done at the sacrifice of his personal interests. Such a man, however, is invaluable in the cabinet and the choice has been most strongly endorsed by public opinion, for Idaho's citizens recognize in Guy Emerson Bowerman a man whose initiative, enterprise and progressiveness have been, and will continue to be of the greatest value to the state.

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Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Vesperland, Map 1, Lot 2018, Space 3
 
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Originally Created by: Chris Mills
Record added: Feb 22, 2012
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Guy Emerson Bowerman, Sr
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