District Attorney, County Judge. His name is on the cornerstone of "Old Red Courthouse."
Hon. E. G. Bower, Judge of the Corporation Court of this city, died at his home in East Dallas yesterday. His death ws due to the effects of a paralytic stroke received by him Nov. 13--just two days after the anniversary of his birth.
Judge Bower was born in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, Nov. 11, 1843. While still a boy he found employment in the printing room of one of the local papers in that place. At 17, however, he enlisted as a member of a company commanded by his brother, William Bower. Throughout the war between the Sates he saw service as a solidier of the Confederacy west of the Mississippi in the regiments under the command of Gens. Price and Shelby.
In February, 1866, he came to Dallas and began the study of law. In 1872 he was elected County Attorney, holding the office four years. In 1884 the voters chose him for County Judge and kept him there until 1892. He became Judge of the Corporation Court in April, 1900
In June 1866, he married Miss Virginia Scott, daugher of Rev. James E. Scott, a prominent Methodist divine of Dallas. He leaves a wife, a daughter, Mrs. Henry D. Lindsley, and six sons, Charles, James, Edward, Scott, Robert and Thruston.
[Source: "Judge Bower is Dead," Dallas Morning News, December 1, 1901]
The Fort Worth paper mentions that during his time in CSA service he was a "at times a comrade of the James and Younger boys. He remained a steadfast friend to both to the day of his death, always contending that any desperate acts they may have been guilty of they were forced to because of persecutions during and immediately following the war." He was a Mason, Knights Templar and Elk. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
[Source: Fort Worth Morning Register,December 1, 1901, Volume: VI; Issue: 46; Page: 2.]
Emily Virginia Scott Bower
Born in Palmypa, MO. 11-11-1843
Died in Dallas, TEX 11-30-1901
NO OSTENTATION marked His tranquil way.
His duties all performed without display.
In the upper left corner: "An Honest Man"
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