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Benjamin Franklin Bower
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1835
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1902
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA

Civil War Soldier Co. G, 11th Ia. Inf.
POW Andersonville Prison

Son of:
Joel Bower 1794-1866
Sarah Lobaugh 1803-1872

Husband of Ruth Ann Cline Bower

Father of:
Katherine (Delia Cox) Bower, (1870 – 1903)
Clinton Thaddeus Bower, (1871 – 1874)
Mary Ettie Bower, (1873 – 1878)
John Leonard Bower, (1875 - 1953)
Annie May Bower, (1876 – 1878)
Lewellyn Bower, (1878 – 1882)
Cora Belle Bower Billingsley, (1880 – 1978)
William Clarence Bower, (1882 - 1953)
Walter Marion Bower, (1884 – 1955)
Frank Leslie Allan Bower, (1887 – 1938)

Brother of:
Hiram Lobaugh Bower, (1825 – 1870)
Catherine Bower Lishey, (1827 – 1899)
Martha Jane Bower, (1828 - ??)
Benjamin Franklin Bower, (1835 – 1902)
Thadddeus Stevens Bower, (1837 – 1909
Sarah Bower, (1841 – 1917)

Benjamin F. Bower was born to Joel and Sarah “Lobaugh” Bower on 17 August 1835 in Adams Co. Pennsylvania. He died on 15 April 1902 in Glasgow, Iowa.
B.F. Bower homesteaded land in Colorado and Federal records show his address as “town of Alamosa, County Costilla, Colorado” 1889. After “proving up” they decided the land wasn’t worthwhile and let it go for taxes.
B.F. married Ruth Ann Cline on January 28, 1869, by Rev Abner Orr, minister of M.E. church. Recorded in Book E, pg. 343, Jefferson Co. Iowa.
In the 1879 edition of the History of Jefferson Co., Iowa. Pg. 528, the following appears: B.F. Bower is listed as farmer and stock raiser, Sec 27, P.O. Glasgow: born in Adams Co., Pa., in 1836: in 1847, moved to Holmes Co., Ohio, engaged in farming and stock raising; came to Henry Co., Iowa in 1850: to Jefferson CO., in 1869; since been farming and stock raising. married Ruth Ann Cline on Jan. 28, 1869; she was born in Jefferson Co., June 21, 1848; they had five children—Delia C., born Feb. 20, 1870; Clinton T., born May 15, 1871, died Jan. 30, 1847; Mary E., born May 18, 1873; John L., born April 5, 1875; Annie M., born Jan. 13, 1877. Owns 640 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Enlisted, in 1861, In Co G, 11th Iowa Inf.; mustered out in 1865; was in the battles of Luka, Corinth, Bolivar, and Atlanta; captured at the battle of Atlanta and held prisoner for seven months; in Andersonville prison two months; at Florence, S.C., five months. Liberal.
In the 1879 edition of the History of Jefferson Co. pp. 370-371, the following appears: A PRIMITIVE SCHOOLHOUSE—“TEACHING THE YOUG IDEA HOW TO SHOOT” When the settlers came to the wilds of the “Forty-Mile Strip”, they brought with them that love of education which seems to be part of every true American; and as early as the spring of 1837, they made arrangements for a school for the summer and winter of that year. There was no schoolhouse, as a matter of course, nor school districts, nor school money, Education affairs were in chaos—without form or organization—and the pioneer fathers were left to their own resources and management. A central location, as to the convenience of the neighborhood, was selected out on the Prairie, now included in the farm of B.F. Bower, where a log building was erected for a schoolhouse. Each settler who had children large enough to “go to school”, volunteered a certain amount of work toward its erection. It was neither large nor pretentious. There was one window in each side of the structure, and a door in one end. The furniture was of the most primitive kind. The floor was made from puncheons—at least. It was commenced puncheons, but school “took up” before it was finished. The seats were made of the same kind of stuff, or may be, from a suitably-sized tree cut in suitable lengths, and the “halved,“ i.e. split in two. The split sides were dressed down with a broad-ax. Holes were bored near the ends of the rounded sides, with an inch-and-a-half or two-inch auger, and pins driven in for supports or arms were driven, and on which a wide plank or puncheon with the upper side dressed smooth, was laid, and held in place by a shoulder that was cut on the lower ends of the supports. This completed the furniture, unless, perhaps, an old splint-bottomed chair was added as a seat for the teacher. The school was attended by about eighteen scholars, and was continued three months. The teacher was not very particular about the kind of books, other than as to the character of their contents; and, even if he had been somewhat imperious and exacting in this regard, it would have been a waste of desire to arrange his scholars classes to economize time and labor, for there is a probability that the parents had not the means to buy such books as were necessary to the formation of classes. They used such books as they had, teachers, pupils and parents bowing in submission to circumstances and exigencies that surrounded them, and glad to have a school were the English Reader (the best reader ever used in American schools), Daboll’s arithmetic, Kirkam’s grammer (the author of which fell victim to intemperance and died in a state of intoxication in a Cincinnati still-house) Olneys geography and Webster’s elementary spelling-book; hence, the course of study was orthography, reading, writing, arithmetic, English grammer and geography.

Additional Bio below provided by Ben Blower.

From: Fairfiels (Ia.) Fairfield Ledger
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 1902
Benjamin F. Bower, one of the wealthiest and best known farmers of Round Prairie township, died at his home one and a half miles south east of Glasgow Tuesday morning. He had been ill only ten days.
Mr. Bower was a native of Adams County, Penn., and was born August 17th 1835. He grew to manhood there and came to Iowa in 1850, living first in the vicinity of Winfield, Ia.. He was a solder in the Civil War, a member of Company G, Eleventh Iowa Infantry, and was for more than a year a prisoner at Andersonville, that place of horrors, After his return from the army, January 28th, 1869, he was married to Ruth Cline, who survives him. They were parents of ten children six of whom are now living: Mrs. Frank Cox, Belle, John, Clarence, Walter, and Lester.
Mr Bower was a strong man of excellent character, a brave solder and a good citizen. He was forceful in him manner, most industrious in him habits, possessed of much financial ability, and at the time of his death was one of the largest landholders in Jefferson County. He had been a factor in the business and social life of his township for many years, and will be greatly missed there. The remains will be interred tomorrow at Glasgow Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Joel Bower (1794 - 1866)
  Sarah E. Lobaugh Bower (1804 - 1872)
  Ruth A Cline Bower (1848 - 1917)
  Delia Catherine Bower Cox (1870 - 1903)*
  Clinton Thaddeus Bower (1871 - 1874)*
  Mary Ettie Bower (1873 - 1878)*
  John Leonard Bower (1875 - 1953)*
  Annie May Bower (1876 - 1878)*
  Luewellyn Bower (1878 - 1882)*
  Cora Belle Bower Billingsley (1880 - 1978)*
  William Clarence Bower (1882 - 1953)*
  Walter Marion Bower (1884 - 1955)*
  Frank Leslie Allan Bower (1887 - 1938)*
  Benjamin Franklin Bower (1835 - 1902)
  Thadeus Stevens Bower (1837 - 1909)*
  Sarah E Bower Fenton (1841 - 1917)*
*Calculated relationship
Glasgow Cemetery
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: South, Plot #238, Lot #4
Maintained by: Sheila Miller
Originally Created by: C. Miller
Record added: Oct 30, 2008
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Civil War Veteran, Co G, 11th Iowa Inf.
 Added: Dec. 23, 2014

- Andersonville, Civil War
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