April 4, 1912
BOWMAN, JOHN - Pleasant Hill--Our village and community were sadly shocked last Monday when informed of the sad event which befell the home of John Bowman near town. Mr. Bowman was in town in the morning and transacted some arrangements at the bank as well as attending to a few other business affairs such as is ordinarily the procedures of one who comes to town. Afterward, with no noticeable concern from anyone in particular, he went home as usual. But not long afterward the report of a rifle was heard and the hired man who happened to be at the barn rushed to where the sound came from and there found Mr. Bowman struggling in the last throes in earthly existence. Death was practically instantaneous. Mr. Bowman had been melancholy for some time thought to be due to the great amount of sickness and also to some business failures in which the family was involved. It appears these weighed so heavily on his mind that the only way seemingly to him was that of taking his own life as mentioned above. Mr. Bowman was 55 years of age. Funeral services were held at the house on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. A. M. Kerr officiating.
April 11, 1912
BOWMAN, JOHN - Pleasant Hill--John Bowman was born in Bedford county, Penn., on the twenty-first of March, 1852. He died April first, 1912, aged sixty years and nine days. He was united in marriage with Amelia E. Bowers on the twenty-fifth of January 1874. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Webster Honeyman, Tippecanoe City, Ohio, and Mrs. Clate Morton, Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and one son, William Bowman, of Trinidad, Colorado, who could not be present at the funeral on account of sickness. John Bowman emigrated to Miami county, from his native state in about 1862, since which time has has made this county his home. When a young man he united with the Cove Springs Christian church and during the last few years he has frequently mentioned that as his church home. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, three children, nine grandchildren, his father and three brothers. Two sisters and his mother preceded him in death many years ago. The last services were conducted in the home of Rev. Alva M. Kerr, and the interment was at Pleasant Hill.
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