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Christopher Ellis Bowden
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1885
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1941
Lake County
Ohio, USA

Grew up in Catasauqua, Lehigh Co., PA but moved to Painsville, Ohio around 1906 at the age of 21 only 3 years after his mothers death. Changed last name from Bawden to Bowden. (We don't know why.) Family tradition place them being married at the City Hall in Painesville in 1907. He was a barber and owned a shop on Painesville Square. As a boy he was called "Christy".

Chris was described as handsome man who liked to joke and make people laugh, a trait his son David would inherit. For example he would send errand boys to area friends and merchants to pick up his "electric spoon" and "paper stretcher" though the errand boys were unaware that this was just a joke. Documents from son David shows middle name "Edwards" which was Christorpher's grandmothers maiden name.

From his obituary, Chris was known as "Well-Known Sports Figure". Being only 55 years of age Chirs died at Lake County Memorial hospital after under going a "major operation". The report of his death said "Mr. Bowden, who had lived at 536 S. State St. came to Painesville 34 years ago and set up in business as a barber upon his arrival." "During the time he lived here he had been one of the most active sports figures this section ever knew. An excellent third baseman, he had played there and at other positions, too, on the old Storrs and Harrison Nursery team and on the Fairport semi-professional nine as well. He was especially known, however, for his talent in basketball, tennis and handball, and was recognized unofficially as the city's champion handball player." He also was active as an Elk (Painesville lodge, No.549) and Odd Fellows, where he was a past "noble grand". He served as a committee member of the local YMCA. 
Family links: 
  John Edwards Bawden (1844 - 1919)
  Alice Isabelle Lusk Bowden (1891 - 1973)*
  David James Bowden (1908 - 1994)*
  Richard C. Bowden (1910 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Mentor Municipal Cemetery
Lake County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Sec 13 Row 2 Grave 18
Created by: Dave Kulchar
Record added: Jun 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71617486
Christopher Ellis Bowden
Added by: Dave Kulchar
Christopher Ellis Bowden
Added by: Dave Kulchar
Christopher Ellis Bowden
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