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 Francis Marion Gowen

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Francis Marion Gowen

  • Birth 31 Jul 1869 Rice County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 19 Oct 1941 Chehalis, Lewis County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Chehalis, Lewis County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Section B
  • Memorial ID 50983059

Born in Richland, Rice County.

Cause of death - Angina pectoris {4 years};
Old age.

Occupation - Dairy farmer.

Francis married
1] on 29 January 1896
at Toledo, Lewis, Washington
Sophronia Ellen THOMAS.
They were the parents of seven children;
Ernest, Dewey, Pearl, Violet, Daisy, Ruby, Myron.

2] Melissa Ellen CHAMP
No children were born to them.

During the spring of 1880 the Gowen family moved from Minnesota to Dawson County in Nebraska. In 1885 the family left Nebraska for Washington, settling in Columbia County, then Kittitas County, then King County. In 1893 they came to Toledo in Lewis County where Francis worked at a shingle mill, and also ran a feed mill. In Toledo he owned and operated a meat market.

CHEHALIS ADVOCATE - 21 October 1941:
Francis M. Gowen, age 72, died suddenly last evening in his home on Route 1 at Chehalis.
Husband of Melissa (Champ) Gowen.
He came to Lewis County in 1893, where he was a prominent dairyman and farmer.
He was a member of the Grange and of the Modern Woodmen.
Interment in Claquato Cemetery.

Sophronia Ellen THOMAS was a sister of
Edward Otis THOMAS
who married Melissa Ellen CHAMP.
The two families resided at Silver Creek in Lewis County.
Sophronia became very ill and was bedridden; her sister-in-law, Melissa Ellen (Champ) Thomas cared for Sophronia for several months.
After the death of Sophronia, Melissa and Edward divorced.
Then Francis and Melissa married.

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  • Maintained by: Ralph Gowen
  • Originally Created by: Shelli Steedman
  • Added: 12 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50983059
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Marion Gowen (31 Jul 1869–19 Oct 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50983059, citing Claquato Cemetery, Chehalis, Lewis County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Ralph Gowen (contributor 47690237) .