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Was born in Germany, on December 13, 1833.  He came to the United States in 1852, and settled at New York City.  He afterwards took up his residence at Milltown, Middlesex County, New Jersey, where he resided until coming to California, in1856, via Panama.  He first settled at Columbia, in this County, and afterwards came to Sonora, where he rented the Philadelphia Brewery, in 1861.  This brewery was located on the ground where Mr. Romans now resides.  Mr. Bowman was the proprietor of this brewery until 1865.  In 1866, he purchased the building which is now known as the Sonora Brewery, and commenced the manufacture of beer, and has followed that business at the same place ever since.  The brewery building is 60x120 feet, built of brick and stone.  It contains all the necessary appliances for manufacturing beer and other beverages; and if the brewery were run up to its full capacity, it would turn out fifteen hundred barrels of beer per year.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 374-375.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton