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Reuben S. Bowman

Reuben S. Bowman

Male 1852 - 1918  (65 years)

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  • Name Reuben S. Bowman  [1
    Born 3 Aug 1852  near Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jan 1918 
    Person ID I14249  All
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2007 

    Father Joesph C. Bowman,   b. 12 Jan 1830, near Breslau, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1905, Caledonia, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Shoemaker,   b. 7 Nov 1824, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1876  (Age 51 years) 
    Family ID F3825  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa H. Geiger,   b. 17 Oct 1852, Berlin, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1937, Kitchener, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 30 Dec 1879  Berlin, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Three records/references of the marriage of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger have been located. Information provided in the three sources is not consistent.

      Marriage record ( view image) certifies that Reuben Bowman of Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario and Louisa Geiger of Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario were married by David B. Sherk, Minister of U.B.C. Waterloo at Berlin on the 30th day of December 1879. Witnesses were ?? Ziegler and Carrie Geiger.

    • http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/water79.htm

      011197-80 (Waterloo Co) Reuben BOWMAN, 27, carpenter, Canada, Berlin, s/o Joseph BOWMAN & Mary Ann SHOEMAKER married Louisa GEIGER, 27, Canada, Berlin, d/o Jacob & Elizabeth, witn: Albert ZIEGLER & Aaron ERB both of Berlin, 30 December 1879 in Berlin.

    • http://www.waterlooogs.ca/Newspapers/BerlinerJournal1880Marriages.PDF

      Dec. 23, 1879 - Ruben Baumann and Louise Geiger, both of Berlin, were married by Preacher Baumann of Freeport. Print date Jan. 8, 1880.

    Children 
     1. Allen Bowman,   b. 27 Sep 1880, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1880, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Beatrice Bowman,   b. 22 Aug 1881, King Street East, Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Clayton Bowman,   b. 6 Jun 1883, 162 Wellington Street North, Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1953  (Age 70 years)
     4. Dora Bowman,   b. 25 Jun 1885, 162 Wellington Street North, Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 84 years)
     5. Edith Bowman,   b. 22 Jun 1887, 162 Wellington Street North, Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Frederick Bowman,   b. 24 Oct 1889, 30 Francis Street North (initial house address was 19 Francis Street), Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1978  (Age 88 years)
     7. Gordon Bowman,   b. 8 Sep 1891, 30 Francis Street North (initial house address was 19 Francis Street), Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1943, St. Jerome, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     8. Hilda Bowman,   b. 28 Oct 1894, 30 Francis Street North (initial house address was 19 Francis Street), Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1997, at her residence in Kitchener, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
     9. Ivan Bowman,   b. 9 Aug 1896, 30 Francis Street North (initial house address was 19 Francis Street), Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1968, St. Mary's Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F3807  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Dec 1879 - Berlin, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger
    Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger
    Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger - Wedding Picture
    Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger - Wedding Picture
    December 23, 1879
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman
    162 Wellington North, Kitchener, Ontario
    162 Wellington North, Kitchener, Ontario
    Family of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger 1892
    Family of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger 1892
    Left to right back row: Reuben, Gordon, Beatrice, Clayton, Fred, Louisa. Girl in 'middle' row is Edie (Edith) Bowman. Sitting on floor in front is Dora Bowman. Louisa is pregant with Hilda in this picture.
    30 Francis Street North, Kitchener, Ontario
    30 Francis Street North, Kitchener, Ontario
    Family of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger at their home, 30 Francis Street North, Kitchener, Ontario about 1903. Reuben built this home for his growing family in 1889
    On balcony: Fred and Clayton Bowman.
    Below: Louisa, Hilda, Reuben, Dora, Edie (Edith), Gordon, Beatrice, and Ivan.
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman is sitting on the right, with arms crossed.

    Documents
    Bowman / Geiger Marriage Certificate
    Bowman / Geiger Marriage Certificate
    Breach of Promise of Marriage
    Breach of Promise of Marriage
    In the Common Pleas Between Rosa Pabst, Plantiff and Reuben Bowman, Defendant

    Received from the Defendant Reuben Bowman the sum of two hundred and seventy five dollars in full of above cause of action for breach of promise of marriage and of all demands up to the date hereof and in full of all costs in above cause.

    Dated at Berlin this 10th day of January 1880......
    Marriage record of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger
    Marriage record of Reuben Bowman and Louisa Geiger
    Insurance Policy #25384 Oct 1892
    Insurance Policy #25384 Oct 1892
    Wedding Announcement of Dora BOWMAN and Fred W. HOLMAN
    Wedding Announcement of Dora BOWMAN and Fred W. HOLMAN
    Death record of Reuben Bowman
    Death record of Reuben Bowman
    Reuben Bowman Funeral Card
    Reuben Bowman Funeral Card

    Headstones
    BOWMAN, Reuben and Louisa GEIGER
    BOWMAN, Reuben and Louisa GEIGER

    Histories
    Reuben Bowman, His Family
    Reuben Bowman, His Family
    Written by Fred Bowman, son, in 1948

  • Notes 
    • From Ezra Eby Book.

      Reuben S. Bowman, "was born near Berlin, August 3rd, 1852. He is a contractor and builder, and has so far proved himself to be a man of more than ordinary business talent. He is considered one of the most successful contractors of the town of Berlin. On December 30th, 1879, he married Louisa, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hollinger) Geiger. She was born in Berlin. Their family consists of eight children.

    • Source: "Reuben Bowman, His Family" by Fred Bowman 1948

      REUBEN BOWMAN was born near Berlin (now Kitchener) Ontario, on August 3rd 1852, the son of Joseph C. Bowman and Mary Ann Shoemaker. He spent his boyhood days on the farm of Jacob D. Shoemaker, his maternal grandfather, about two miles southwest of Berlin. Here, under the guidance of this deeply religious, industrious and simple-living Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite family, were instilled in him those qualities of honesty, diligence and fair dealing which continued a part of his character throughout his life. As a boy, he attended school at Natchez near Doon. For a time he lived with his Uncle George Shoemaker in Woolwich Township where he also attended school. Mr. Solomon Kaufman, a school trustee in Woolwich Township at the time, stated that Reuben was a very attentive and industrious student. Among his teachers were Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Samuel Moyer who afterwards moved to Berlin. When about eighteen years of age he moved to Berlin and worked for a time at the Kaufman Planing Mill, where he acquired that skill as a craftsman in woodworking, which he so successfully applied in the construction of many buildings in the town. About 1872 he went to Red River in Manitoba where he was employed in building settlersí cabins. During the 1870ís, after returning to Berlin, he went into partnership with Mr. Peter Itter in the operation of a sawmill in Hespeler but as the venture proved a financial failure, the partnership was dissolved after having been in operation for only a few years. In 1880 he went into partnership with Mr. Benjamin Hallman as building contractors, their first and chief contract being the Grand Central Hotel, now the Kitchener Hotel at 101 King St. East. The partnership was dissolved in 1889, after which he carried on a contracting business of his own. He confined his work largely to the carpenter trade and during the following thirty years he handled the carpenter work of such outstanding structures as The First Church of Christ, Scientist at the corner of Water and Francis Streets, the home of the Misses Glick at the corner of Queen and Church Streets, Edward Smythís home at the corner of Duke and Young Streets, Robert Smythís home at 233 Queen St. North, The Agnes St. School and many others.

      Reuben and Louisa (Geiger) Bowman had a family of nine children, five sons and four daughters. First, by coincidence, and afterwards by intent, the names of the children follow down through the alphabet from Allen to Ivan. The youngest Ivan, has continued the custom in naming his children with names beginning with J. K. and L.

      It is interesting to note that all of the children of Reuben and Louisa Bowman, who have daughters, have named one of them Louise, after the grand-mother. The grandchildren are now also largely following this practice.

      A unique family institution is the so-called Bowman chain letter. This letter was started on its rounds I 1917 at the time when two of the brothers were serving in the army in France. It consists of letters from each member of the family, addressed to all, and may include newspaper clippings or photographs, old or new, or any other matter which may be of interest to the family as a whole. It travels to each member of the family in a fixed sequence, each one removing his or her previous contribution and replacing with new material before sending it on its way. The letter is now in its thirtieth year of travel and shows no sign of losing its interest or popularity.


    • Reuben was raised by his mother and maternal grandfather at the Shoemaker farm on Greenbrook Drive in Kitchener.

  • Sources 
    1. [S065344] Ezra Eby Book.




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