Mrs. Marie Bowers – Oregon Pioneer dies September 16, 1898

  • Oregon Pioneer, native of Pennsylvania, mother of 10 children, grandmother to 51!

Ruts along the Oregon Trail

“Another Pioneer Gone

Mrs. Marie Bowers, widow of John Bowers, died last evening at her home near Irving, of the infirmities of old age.  She was 77 years of age, and came to Lane county with her husband in 1856, and has ever since resided here.  She was the mother of ten children, all of whom are living.  The funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Methodist church in Irving.

Mrs. Bowers was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, September 5, 1821, where she was married in 1840 to John Bowers, who preceded her to the other and unknown shore one years ago last May.

In 1844 they moved to Whitley county, Indiana, from where, after one year, they moved to Porter county, same state; left there in the fall of 1852 for Oregon, wintering over in Iowa, reaching Oregon in November, 1853.  She resided in Lane county ever since, and at the present home since 1865.

She leaves one sister living in Pennsylvania.  All of her children, eight sons and two daughters, are still living, all being at her death bed except three sons.  She also has 51 living grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  She has, all her life, been an exemplary Christian, who leaves behind her none but friends, who sincerely mourn her death and sympathize with the bereaved family.

She will be buried in the Luper cemetery, her funeral being preached by Rev. McFarland, Sunday, September 18, at 10 a.m.” Eugene Daily Register, September 17, 1898, pg. 1, col. 4.  University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.


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