Timothy B. Bowersock
Timothy B. Bowersock, proprietor of the "Lima Jersey
Stock Farm," located in German township, is one of the most advanced
and progressive agriculturist of Allen County and his reputation as a
farmer and breeder of thoroughbred Jersey cattle has made his name
familiar beyond the boundary of the State. Mr. Bowersock was born April
28, 1853, in Noble County, Ohio, and is a son of John Bowersock who died
in Allen County March 1, 1889, and is remembered by the older residents
as a man of sterling qualities. John Bowersock was born in the State
of Pennsylvania, December 16, 1811, and was a shoemaker during his
earlier years. Later he became a miller and followed that occupation for
many years, but at the outbreak of the Civil War abandoned that calling
to purchase horses for the Government. In 1865 he removed from Noble to
Allen County, where he purchased 126 acres of land in section 33, German
township, and gave his attention to farming during the remainder of his
Timothy B. Bowersock was a lad of 12 years when his parents
sought a home in Allen County, and he has grown to manhood and been
identified with the leading men of the community ever since. He has
always been interested in farming and stock raising, and established his
present beautiful farm in 1878. He began by stocking it with
thoroughbred Jerseys, and he still makes a specialty of that breed of
cattle, although he buys and sells extensively of other stock, confining
his transactions, however, to high-grade stock. Many fine animals are
disposed of both by public and private sale each year, and the fact
that they come from the "Lima Jersey Stock Farm," is considered a
guarantee of their superior merits.
Mr. Bowersock has been married twice. On September 25, 1873, he
was united to Ellen Kemp, daughter of Rev. J. W. Kemp, and three months
later, on December 23, 1873, she was called to her reward. In 1876, On
March 25th, he was married to Margaret L. Brewbaker, a lady of many
estimable qualities and a daughter of G. W. Brewbaker. Her father, a
venerable pioneer of Allen County, was an honored resident within its
limits from 1833, when as a child of seven he was brought here with the
family, until his death in 1896 as an old highly esteemed citizen. Mr.
and Mrs. Bowersock are the parents of the following children: George A.;
Walter M.; William H.; Nora M.; Roy E.; Oscar and Calvin Brice.
The fraternal societies to which Mr. Bowersock belongs are the
following: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Fraternal Order of Eagles
and Improved Order of Red Men. He served one year as worthy president
of the lodge of Eagles and was a delegate from the lodge to the national
convention that was held at Denver, Colorado, in 1905.
Mr. Bowersock is one of the prominent Democrats of this county,
and has borne his full share of the responsibility and labors which
should devolve upon all, but usually fall to the lot of a few of the
untiring workers. Time and again he has been honored by election to
office, and has served on the Democratic County Executive Committee, as
township assessor, land appraiser, township trustee and president of the
School Board. He is now serving his second term as township treasurer,
and in the discharge of the duties of this office, as of all others
which he has assumed, has shown earnestness, faithfulness and ability.
For eight years he also served as secretary of the Allen County
Agricultural Society, then declining further service in that capacity.
Mr. Bowersock has reason to be proud of the fact that he has
acquired prominence solely through individual exertions; further, he has
established a fine home and given his children a thorough education,
four of the members of his family being teachers in the schools.