Albert Francis Gower (1856)

Deseret News, January 2, 1937

Albert F. Gower

Cedar City, Utah--Funeral services for Albert Francis Gower, 81, who died Sunday, were held in the Cedar Third Ward Wednesday at 3 PM with Bishop Samuel F. Leigh presiding. Mr. Gower has been in poor health for some time, suffering a paralytic stroke some time ago.

He was one of the early pioneers of Cedar City, having been brought here by his parents when he was six months old, 1856. He was born in Salt Lake City on April 12, 1856, son of Thomas and Martha Ann Tidswell Gower. His parents came to Utah from St. Louis by ox-team in the fall of 1854. They settled in Salt Lake City for a short time when they were called to Cedar City where Mr. Gower worked in the iron industry. They were called by Pres. Brigham Young.

Albert Francis spent his entire life in Cedar City becoming a blacksmith and wheelwright in his youth and following that trade until old age prohibited active work.

He married Mary Grace Condie in November 18?? and is survived by two children from that union: Mrs. Grace G. McMullin and George Albert Gower, both of Cedar City. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Lottie G. Rosenburg and Mrs. May Condie, both of Cedar City. Burial was in the Cedar cemetery.

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