ALBERT M. BOWERS, proprietor of the Tunnel mill, in Knox township, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, in March 1854. He is the son of Samuel Bowers, a native of Maryland, who came to West Virginia in 1837, and settled at Wellsburg, where he conducted the flouring mill until 1853, when he removed to Jefferson County, and took charge of a mill at McIntire. He also managed a mill at La Grange, now known as Brilliant, and in 1868, took charge of the Tunnel mill, which he conducted until 1880. He died in March 1889. He was one of the best millers of the country, and a worthy citizen. In 1837 he was married to Mary J., daughter of William Harrison, of Steubenville and by this marriage had fourteen children, six of whom are now living. His widow also survives. Albert M. Bowers was reared in his native county, and instructed in the trade of a slater, which he followed for several years. He also assisted his father in milling, which has been his main employment through life. He first began milling for himself in 1878 when he took charge of the Mooretown mills, which he managed about four years. He then moved to Toronto, and erected the mill now owned by Lee, Gaston & Saltsman, but in July 1889, sold his interest in this mill, and purchased the Tunnel mill, formerly run by his father. This he reconstructed, putting in the roller process and made it a very valuable property, which he is managing skillfully and with profit to himself. He was married in October, 1877, to Sarah R., daughter of Thomas Cable, of Knox township, by whom he had four children: Ella M., Thomas F., James A. and Mary S., of whom the second is deceased. Mr. Bowers and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church, and is a member of the Odd Fellows.
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