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J.H. BOWEN, express agent and grocer, Petersburg; is a native of Brown Co., Ill.; born Sept. 23, 1850; his school advantages were quite limited; he began as a laborer at the early age of 13, engaging upon a farm, and devoting such times as could be spared to study; he gradually obtained a fair business education; in 1869, he went on the road as a traveling salesman, continuing this until the fall of 1875, when he entered the Medical Department of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor, and took one course, but not wishing to become a practitioner, as his indications were more in the direction of merchandising, he came to Petersburg in 1876, and, for a time, traveled as a salesman; he embarked in the grocery business in 1877, and, for a time was also appointed agent for the United States Express Company at Petersburg; he has built up a fine trade, and keeps a good assortment of family groceries, provisions, queensware, etc.

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