Lowell Leonidas Bowers

Indiana, USA
Death 19 Sep 1908 (aged 11)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 5, Lot 29, 4 1/2 ft. NEC N 1/2
Memorial ID 94796476 · View Source
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       DOUBLE DROWNING SATURDAY                             AFTERNOON

      Elmer Schilb and Lowell Bowers Lost     Lives While Bathing in Mississippi River


     Finding of Schilb is First Knowledge of         Accident — Bowers Found Sunday

      A sad double drowning took place Saturday afternoon, by which Elmer Schilb, aged 12 and Lowell Bowers, aged 11, lost their lives in the Mississippi river below Boom lake. The first known of the accident up town was when James Houston [sic], Joseph Kinsmiller and Omar Holden discovered the body of young Schilb in about four feet of water and came up to Sixth street and told Claude Winters who phoned to the coroner. Mr. Gibson went down at once and had the body removed from the water and taken to Clark and Co's undertaking rooms. It was afterwards removed to the home of his grandfather, Jacob Schilb, Sr., on South Fifth St. The remains of young Bowers were not found until nearly noon Sunday, when he was found by Dick Huston, Art Brown and L.S. Budd and were taken to the undertaken rooms of Losey & Dean.
      So far as can be learned the boys in company with two lads named Musselman, were down to the river together. According to the story of the Musselman boys, the other two insisted on going in bathing and they refused and went home. Arthur Leonard, aged 12, who was fishing farther up stream, near Boom lake, saw the boys in the water and heard them but apparently did not think they were in danger as he made no attempt to give the alarm or go their aid. Shortly after that the Musselman boys came along and young Leonard came up town with them. If the Musselman boys were present at the drowning they said nothing to Leonard about it and when questioned by Mr. Gibson declared that they did not see it having left for home.
      Elmer Schilb, who was 12 years of age last May, is the son of Jacob Schilb, Jr., who lives in Los Angeles, Cal., and was living with his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schilb, Sr., of this city. Lowell Bowers was the son of C. [sic] [Alvin] C. [sic] [O.] Bowers, of St. Louis, a traveling man, and with his mother and brothers was boarding at the Windsor hotel. His father was communicated with last night, after trying twenty four hours to find him and arrived this noon at 1:20.
      The funeral of Elmer Schilb was held in the German Evangelical church, Northeast Brainerd, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, followed by interment in Evergreen cemetery. Up to the time of going to press no arrangements had been made as to the funeral of Lowell Bowers. (Brainerd Dispatch, September 1908) (Obituary courtesy of Lucille L. Kirkeby, Crow Wing County Historical Society) [Obituary contributed by R. Bruce Creger]

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  • Created by: A. Nelson
  • Added: 4 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94796476
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lowell Leonidas Bowers (May 1897–19 Sep 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94796476, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .