Hon. John Bowiand.
Hon. John Bowiand, one of the county's most influential citizens died a.t his home at-Genoa Saturday evening. He was stricken with par¬ alysis on Thanksgiving Day, but the stroke was said to be a light one and his host of friends thought that with his strong physique he would be able to throw off the effects of the stroke and again resume his place la busi¬ ness in Genoa. But complications were such that he was unable to ral¬ ly, and he passed peacefully away at the home he loved so well, surround¬ ed by his family.
John Bowiand was a self-made man. His father died about one month before he was born, and lie was forced to earn his own living, and assist his mother when bu t a mere lad. He was courageous and went to work with a will and soon earned the confidence of his home p*eople and this afterward spread to every person with, whom he became acquainted.
He took a lively interest in poli¬ tics after he reached his majority, and being a strong, vigorous yupn man he was elected a constable. He had a happy way of doing his duty without offending and this led to��many other favors of a political nat¬ ure rroni his fellow men. He was a guard in the Ohio Penitentiary for two years. He served five terms as mayor of Genoa. He was twice elec¬ ted Probate Judge of this county and made such a splendid record that lat¬ er he was sent to the legislature where he served two terms. He made a successful member and while he introduced few bills, he had great influence in the committees where the real legislation is enacted.
He was a gold medal veteran of the I. 0. 0. F., lodge and was Im¬ mensely proud of the fact that he had contributed much by example to one of tho best fraternal orders ex¬ istent.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Genoa for over 50 years and followed its teaching in his daily life, always, "doing to others as he wouldi wish them to do unto him."
He was twice married. On August 25, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hyjje, and by this issue, three children were born: Erret, now cashier of the Genoa Bank, Ber tha M., who is a bookkeeper-in the same bank, and Walter, who is also a resident of Genoa. His wife died in 1909.
In 1914 he was married to Mrs. Anna Payden and they have lived happily" amidst the happy surround¬ ings that loving children can bestow upon loving parents.
John Bowiand probably had more warm personal friends than any man in this county. When He gave a promise, that promise was kept and he was equally firm when he said "No." He always aimed to be just and that fact was realized by all with whom he came in contact. He made a splendid friend.
The funeral was held Tuesday af¬ ternoon from the Church of Christ, and notwithstanding the storm, the church was filled with people who came for miles to pay their last tri¬ bute of respect to one they knew so
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