Cletus Bower


CLETUS BOWER, a well-known business man of Knoxville was born in Wurtemberg, Germany in 1834, the son of Heinrich and Maria Bower, natives of that country. His father was a farmer and graindearler by occupation and had a family of fifteen children, two of whom are now living. He died in 1865 and his wife in 1848. The subject of this sketch served an apprenticeship of three years at the trade of cabinet maker in his fatherland, and then in 1851 came to AMerica. He made his home first at Wheeling, W. Va., for one year, and then removed to Steubenville where he lived three years, afterward going to Wellsville. Soon afterward he became engaged with th Cleveland & Pittsburgh railroad company as a bridge builder. In 1856 he made his home at Knoxville and embarked in the business of cabinet maker and undertaker, in which he is still engaged. Three years after coming to Knoxville he was married to Harriet Clear, of that place, by whom he had four children: Mary B., Sadie E., Henry T and Joseph A. The mother and both daughters are deceased, the former having died in 1876. In October 1879 he was married to Margaret J. Smith, of Knox township by whom he had three children, one of whom, Edgar C., is living. Mr. Bower and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church and he is also a member of the G. A> R. During the rebellion he served four months in the Union army. He has served the community several years most efficiently as a member of the school board.

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