|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1886|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1941|
Through the Years, Vol. VI, No. XI, August 1989, page 26
The New Minister of Lands and Forests (Owen Sound Sun Times 1919)
Mr. Beniah Bowman, member of Ontario Legislature for Manitoulin constituency, and selected as Minister of Lands and Forests in the new Drury Government is quite well known in Owen Sound where he resided for about a year. He came here from Toronto in the fall of 1908 as assistant to Mr. Briton, the Mennonite Minister here. He preached here quite f requently, and although only a young man, gave evidence of ability. In the fall of 1909 he moved to Hespeler where he preached. He married Miss Minnie Barr, a resident of Manitoulin Island, and after being there about two years he and his wife moved to the Island where Mr. Bowman has farmed ever since and has been quite successful. Mrs. Bowman, before her marriage, resided in Owen Sound for about eight months during the time Mr. Bowman was here. She is a woman of much more than average ability and those who knew her speak only in the highest terms of her. Mr. Bowman's election in the Manitoulin constituency two years ago, during a bye election was one of the first defeats the Conservative government met with and provided an inspiration to the farmers of Ontario to go into politics on a large scale. Mr. Bowman was one of the first two members chosen for the new government by Premier Drury and his course in Par liament will be watched with a good deal of interest by Owen Sounders. He has ability, is a good speaker, is absolutely honest and should make good. He still preaches occasionally at the Mennonite church near Little Current and the bu ilding is generally filled to capacity when it is known that he is to occupy the pulpit.
Through The Years, Vol. VIII, No. 11, September 1991, page 28
Beniah Bowman Dies in Toronto on Easter - Had been Ill for some time
Head of Dept. of Lands and Forests in the Drury Administration - 1941
In poor health for some time, Beniah Bowman, who was Minister of Lands and Forests in the U.F.O. Government of Ontario, from 1919 to 1923, died in Toronto on Easter Sunday.
Mr. Bowman, who had been a resident of Manitoulin Island since 1911, entered politics in 1918 when he was elected to the Ontario Legislature as an independent farmers' candidate at a bye-election. He was again returned to the Legislature in 1919 and was appointed Minister of Lands and Forests under Premier E.C. Drury and held that position till the defeat in the general elections of 1926 when he ran as Liberal candidate for Algoma East.
Mr. Bowman was of United Empire Loyalist stock, was born in Waterloo County and received his education in the Public schools of Doon and Hespeler. Since 1911 he had been engaged in farming at Long Bay, near Gore Bay, Manitoulin. He was interested in lumbering and fishing industries and was connected with the Blind River Pine Co.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary B. Barr Bowman, and one son, Marven. His funeral was held Tuesday and interment took place at Hagey Cemetery, Preston.
Manitoulin Expositor - April 17, 1941 on Microfilm and typed by Fay Martin
Beniah Bowman, 55, at one time Ontario minister of lands and forests and active in the United Farmers of Ontario party, died Sunday, April 13, at Toronto.
A former resident of Long Bay close to Gore Bay, the late Mr. Bowman resided near Toronto.
Mr. Bowman was a cabinet minister in the administration of Hon. E. C. Drury and resigned his portfolio with the defeat to the Drury government in 1923. In 1926, he was defeated when he ran as Liberal candidate for Algoma East.
He was of United Empire Loyalist stock and was born in Waterloo county, receiving his education in the public schools of Doon and Hespeler. Surviving are his widow and one son, Marven.
Mr. Bowman, who was a farmer, leaves many friends on the Manitoulin.
Dilman S. Bowman (1862 - 1942)
Catherine Baer Bowman (1863 - 1950)
Mary B. Barr Bowman (1887 - 1969)
Charles Lloyd "Marven" Bowman (1913 - 2002)*
Beniah Bowman (1886 - 1941)
Myron Bowman (1892 - 1967)*
Vernon Franklin Bowman (1900 - 1989)*
Leslie Frederick Bowman (1908 - 1974)*
Waterloo Regional Municipality
Created by: Allan Dettweiler
Record added: Mar 11, 2010
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