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Charles Christopher Bowman Biography
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

Cape Girardeau Co Mo
Charles Christopher Bowman
  • GENEALOGY OF A BOWMAN FAMILY, Byron Whitener Bowman, 1956

    Biography of Charles Christopher Bowman - He was born on September 4, 1861, in Cape Girardeau County, near Oak Ridge, Missouri. He was the third child of Benjamin Lee and Eliza Jane Bowman.

    Charles Christopher, after finishing the public schools and attending Will Mayfield College at Marble Hill, Mo., and the State Normal School at Cape Girardeau, decided to take a course in telegraphy and entered the service of The St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad Co. (now the Missouri Pacific Railroad), as agent and telegraph operator, serving for many years, principally at Marquand, Missouri, where he lived for many years. Here he married Mrs. Martha Emeline Whitener (Bedford), a young widow with one child, Effie Leah Bedford. While active in church work, he was licensed to preach after conducting services in nearby churches and missions, yet he never fully entered the work of the ministry.

    He was transferred by agreement to the Dexter, Missouri, station on September 1, 1896, having agreed with the agent at Dexter, Missouri, Mike Owens, to make the change, which was agreeable to the railroad company. But after a few years as agent at Dexter, he resigned from railroad work to become a stockholder and secretary of the newly organized Dexter Milling Co., a concern in which his brother, William Chesley Bowman of Sikeston, Mo., also became a stockholder and official. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a deacon in the first Baptist Church of Dexter, Mo., a member of the city's Board of Education, and a member of many civic and fraternal organizations. He lived an exemplary life. He passed away in the Mayfield Sanitarium in St. Louis, Mo., on February 4, 1906, and was buried in the Dexter, Mo., Cemetery, where his wife is also buried.

    By his son, Byron Whitener Bowman

    NOTE BY CAROL J. BOWMAN: The certificate of death says he passed away at the Mayfield Sanitarium in Dexter, Missouri. It also says he was born 8 Sep 1861 while BWB's genealogy says 4 Sep 1861.


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    The Marble Hill Press, Marble Hill, MO February 8, 1906
    Rev. and Mrs. B. L. Bowman received a message Monday morning conveying the sad intelligence of the death of their son, Charles C. Bowman. Mr. Bowman had been in poor health some time, and as a last resort was moved from his home at Dexter (Stoddard Co.) to the Baptist Sanitarium, St. Louis, where he passed away about 9 o'clock p.m., Sunday. Rev. and Mrs. Bowman went to Dexter Tuesday to attend the funeral which took place Wednesday, yesterday. Mr. Bowman was a prominent citizen of Dexter and a 32nd degree Mason and after the funeral sermon, the Masons took charge of the further funeral services. ~ Local News

Contributed by Carol Bowman

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