Henry James Lee.

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aiul liver medicine. They suld very rapidly, and
proved to be just what Mr. Naylor claimed for
them.

Our subject took u|i his abode in this city in
1 870, and for the past (|uartci of a century has been



tilled with the business interests of this city,
twenty years he continued to give his undi-
il .•ittentioii to his trade, but since his ajjpoint-
t as Collector of Tolls combines the duties of
position with his other interests. In 181)3 he
ed into a new store, which isrittc(i nj) in inod-
-l\ le, and is stocked with every variety vf drugs
medicines, besides a full line of toilet articles,
umes, etc. In politics he is a follower of Re-
liean principles. Socially he is a Grand Army
. He is well known throughout the county
is respected as his u[)right life deserves.



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/^ APl'.tiKOROK W. 1U)WKR.S. Tuscarawas
Vy County sent many brave. self-sacriMcing
men to the front during the Civil War, in
a time that tested men's loyalty and devotion
to their country. Among them was George W.
Uowcrs, who won lionor as a soldier and rose from
the ranks to the imijortant otiicial position of Caji-
lam of his company.

The original of this sketch was born in Pliila-
(lelphi;i, I'a., Oct.iber 'it!, 18l;i, and is the .son of
.lohn Ambrose and Catherine Amanda (Wike)
IJowers, natives, respectively, of IJaltimore, Md.,
and IvichiiKmd, \'a. The father was the son of
Jacob and Naomi Hiitton (Uurns) r.owers,and was
of Scotch-Irish descent.

The ehlcr Mr. IJowers removed about 1835 to
Phil.iilelphia, Pa., where he w:is apprenticed to
learu the trade of a currier. This he followed for
five years, in the employ of .lohn Conioy, an
uncle, and at the expiration of that time began
studying medicine, which he practiced for a time
in the Keystone Slate. It was while living there
that he met and man led Miss Wike, and in 1848
they came West, and lived for about one year
at Ml. Katon, in this slate. His next move was
to Canal Dover, where he followed his profession,
and also engaged to some extent in the tanning
and currying business.' lie was somewhat proini-



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ncnt in public affairs, and was elected on the
Democratic ticket a Justice of the Peace, whicli
responsible position he held for many years, lie
was a devout member of the Catholic Church, and
departed this life in 1874, .aged sixty-one years.

■ Tlie maternal giandparents of our subject, wlio
were John and Hannah (I^ytlc) Wiko, were descend-
ed from one of the old families of Virginia. Their
daughter, .Mrs. Bowers, was educated and reared
in the faith of the Methodist Kpibcopal Church.
She is still living, making her home iu New Phila-
delphia. Tiie parental household included six
children, tliose besides (jur .subject being Ambrose,
who died when joung; John, also deceased; James
K., living in this cilj, which is also the home of
William \V.; and Josephine, who departed this life
at tlie age of six years.

He of wiiom we write attended the public
schools of Canal Dover until fifteen years of age,
when lie entered the oflice of the Iron ValleyTimes at
that place in order to learn "the art preservative."
He remained in the employ of that paiier nearly
one year, when he came to this city and began
working for the Tuscarawas Advocate, then edited
by Andrew Patrick. Young Bowers was thus em-
ployed until the spring of 18G2, when, inspired
with patriotism, he enlisted in the Union army, as
a member of Company G, Eighty-eighth Ohio
Infantry. On account of a division in the regi-
ment the company was cut to pieces, and our
sul)ject was made Assistant Commissary Sergeant
of tlie prisons at Camp Chase and assigned to
duty at that place.

The command remained in the above place until
Kirby Smith threatened an invasion of Ohio, when
a detachment of the regiment was sent into Ken-
tucky, going as far as Eminence, when they were
driven back and returned to Cam)) Chase. While
there our subject's term of enlistment expired,
and lie w.as mustered out and returned home. In
June, 1863, however, he again offered his services
in bciialf of his countiy, joining Comi)any B, One
Hundred and Twenty-ninth Ohio Infantiy. The
com[)any was soon ordered to Camp Robinson,
Ky., and from there to Crab Orchard, where they
formed a part of the Ninth Army Corps. After
some skirmishing they reached Cumberland Gap,



participating in the coiillict at that (loint. Prior
to this JMr. 15(.)wers had been commissioned First
Lieutenant, and was niusteied in as such after
the engagement. The next engagement which
was fought was at Tazewell, Tenn., on the Clinch
Uiver, against Longstreet's forces.

Shortly after this conflict Lieutenant Bowers
took [lart in quite an unexpected encounter. He
was sent out in charge of a foraging expedition
into West \'irginia. and while en route he mctCol.
W. C. Lemert, who informed him th.nt the Union
wagon train had been captured and was being
burned over in the valley- beyond. On ascending
the hill to look at it. with the Colonel, the bugler
and a few ollicers, tiiey veiy unexpectedly ran into
the e!;emy, wiiO made a chnrge on them. The}' at
once rushed down the hill, the bugler sounding
the call to arms, followed by the rebels. Just then
they met the Fourth Ohio Cavalry, and it became
their turn to put the enemy to flight. Although
Lieutenant Bowers liad no other weapon than his
sword, he cut right and left, the fight lasting for
two hours, or until darkness overtook them. The
result was that the rebels were driven back and a
number of their men killed and others taken pris-
oners. The latter were taken back with them to
Cumberland Gap.

Our subject saw a great deal of hard service
with the Ninth Corps, largely in front of, and
skirmishing and manteuvering with, Longstreet's
forces. During the winter of 1803-64 he was
taken sick with lung fever, soon after the Tennes-
see campaign, ai'd was sent to Cumberland Gap,
where their command had headquarters. In March
he went to Camp Cleveland, Oliio, where he was
mustered .out on the oth of that month, 1864.

A few months later, however, liie Lieutenant,
not willing to remain at home while an arm was
raised against "Old Glory," recruited Company
A, One Hundred and Eighty-fifth Ohio Infantry,
which was organized at Camp Chase, and of which
he w.i's made Captain. The regiment was then
sent into Kentucky, where it was divided and sent
into different^ portions of the state. Captain
Bowers was sent with a company to Lexington,
where the}' did duty on the railroad lines. While
there the Captain was detached from thecompanj'



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and made Provosl-Marslml General on the staflf of
Gen. E. H. Ilobson, wlieic he remained until the
surrender of General (iilntncr and the guerrilla
chieftain, Pete Everett. lie was then ordered to
Cumberland Gap, in comn.and of the main forces
there, and remained until Septcmlier 26, 1805,
when he was mustered out at Lexingtcm and sent
to Columbus, Ohio, where he was paid ofT and
received his lionorable discharge.

On returning home after the close of the war.
Captain Bowers again entered tlie ollico of the
Ohio Democrat, remaining for several years. "Wiiile
there he was elected Coroner, and remained in
that position for eight successive jcars. In the
fall of 1885 he received the nomination of the
Dempcratic party for the ofllce of Sheriff, and,
being ver}- popular in his county", was elected. On
tlie expiration of his term he was again made the
incumbent of the office, serving in all four years.

Captain Bowers was married in July, 18(J3,
while recruiting in New Pliiladeli)liia, to Miss
Sarah E., daughter of the Rev. John and Harriet
(Gans) Grimm, natives, resi)ectivcly, of Pcnn.sylva-
nia and Ohio. The father is deceased, but Mrs.
Grimm is still living, making her home in New
Philadelphia. To our subject and his estimable
wife there have been born the following-named
children: Oscar 0., Ambrose A.. George L. and
Charles F. The latter is deceased.

Both the Captain and his wife are members in
excellent standing of the Disciples Cliurch. ]n
social matters, the former is Past Commander of
Andrew Crawford Post No. 6, G. A. R., in this
city, and is also Colonel of Union Command No.
55, Union Veterans' Union. He is likewise a
member of New Philadelphia Lodge No. 107,
I. O. O. F.; Bcthesda Encampment No. :5I), I . O. O. V.;
and Equity Lodge No. 73, K. of P.

Captain Bowers still devotes consideiahle time
to newspaper work, writing for the i)re>s. lie is a
forciljlo, attractive writer, and when engaged upon
some humorous article is quite at home. He has
the reputation of having made one of the best
Sheriffs Tuscarawas County ever had. He has
been quite active and inlluential in politics, and
always supported Democratic candidates until the
last election. What he may be in the future.



when tlie |>olitical lines of the parties are more
clearly defined and the issues now agitating the
pcoi>le more definitely adjusted, can not now be
foretold. This much is sure — that he will be on
the side and with the party that will su[)port the
issues and principles that, in his judgment, will
best serve the interests of the countiy. Captain
llowers is one of the best knf)\vn men in llie
county, is cliaritable and full of human kindness,
popular and esteemed by all.



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Online LibraryHenry James LeePortrait and biographical record of Guernsey County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the p → online text (page 35 of 83)