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Dr Seth Dean Bowker

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Dr Seth Dean Bowker

  • Birth 10 Feb 1830 Cortland County, New York, USA
  • Death 8 Jun 1901 Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Section 19 Lot 13
  • Memorial ID 38081077

• Chaplain, Co F&S, 124th OH Vol Inf

• US Pat #93,589, 10 Aug 1869, Improvement to Mitre-Box
• US Pat #687,112, 19 Nov 1901, Uterine Curette

An organizer of the Kansas City Hospital College of Medicine, later called "the Kansas City Homeopathic Medical College.

From 1880 to 1888 Dr. Bowker was the United States pension surgeon in Kansas City. It is reported that he examined 10,000 soldiers.

• Master Mason
• Order of Knights and Ladies of Honor
• Order of the Eastern Star
• Grand Army of the Republic

Went Home From a Matinee and Died In an
Apoplectic Stroke.

Dr. Seth D. Bowker, a pioneer physician of Kansas City, died very suddenly last evening at his home, 1436 Kensington avenue. The doctors believe apoplexy cause his death. Dr. Bowker had been in good health and spirits, and there was no forewarning that his end was near. He was robust, he ate heartily, he was remarkably actove for a man of 71, nd still practiced his profession with interest and enthusiasm. Yesterday afternoon he took his wife and a granddaughter to the Auditorium theater. The ticket seller had sold his seat and Dr. Bowker had to sit in a part of the house removed from his wife and granddaughter. He though this was a great joke and laughed over it heartily. After the play he took the women home in his buggy. He took the horse to the barn, unhitched and stabled it and put the buggy away. Then he went in the house and had his wife hurry up the supper because he was hungry. There was fish for supper and Dr. Bowker ate more than anyone else. After supper he went to a neighboring grocery store to make some purchases for the Sunday dinner. While he was standing in the store he became ill with what was believed to be acute indigestion. He was led home very sick, and taken upstairs. His wife led him into the bathroom and then went out in the hall on an errand. Before she could return she heard a heavy fall, and, running into the bathroom, she found Dr. Bowker had fallen with his face against the register. Members of the family came running upetairs. When they turned Dr. Bowker over on his back he groaned once and died.
Physicians were called immediately. They said Dr. Bowker had died of apoplexy. The food he had eaten the rest of the family had shared with him and it affected none of them.
Dr. Bawker was one of the oldest practicing physicians in Kansas City. He was not a physician when he came here thirty-five years ago, but a Baptist minister. He had doubts of the truth of what he preached and left the ministry to practice medicine. He was graduated from the Kansas City Medical college. His first office was at 1732 Woodland avenue in the family home. At that time he owned the whole block of land on which his home stood. In 1883 he had an office in the Commerical building, Eleventh and Main streets. Later he moved to Victor Bell's building, Fifth and Main streets. He next move was to the New Ridge building. His office at the time of his death was near Ninth and Main streets.
Dr. Bowker was born in 1830 in Pitcher county, New York. He married Judelia Wood in 1849 in Norwich, N. Y. July, two years ago, they celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding. During the Civil war Dr. Bowker moved to Ohip and was made a chaplain of an Ohio regiment. After the war he was a minister of the Baptist church in Sunshine and in Leadville, Col. From Colorado he came to Kansas City.
Almost eight months ago Dr. Bowker had a serious accident. He fell from a Fifteenth street car at the Belt line crossing and broke his arm. In spite of his age, the arm got well, but the shock of the accident affected him.
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol 21, Issue 265, p2
9 Jun 1901

Funeral of Dr, Bowker To-Morrow.
The funeral of Dr. Seth D. Bowker will be held at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon from the family home, 1636 Kensington avenue. The Knights of Pithias, Masons and the Grand Army will participate in the services. Dr. Roberts will make an address. Burial will be in Union cemetery. Active pallbearers are. Dr. Chet McDonald, Dr. L. N. Luscher, Dr. C. H. Carosn, Dr. C. J. Morrow, L. J. Bricker and Ralph Dugan. The honorary pallbearers are: H. T. Van Horn, Dr. D. R. Porter, Dr. Baird, J. E. Turner, J. L. Jones and A. A. Ferrall.
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol 21, Issue 267, p4
11 Jun 1901

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FEB. 10, 1830
[obstructed] 8, 1901





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 38081077
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