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BOWERS, Edwin, carriage and wagon manufacturer, was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin county, PA., March 15, 1841, son of Amos and Sarah (Longenecker) Bowers, the former a native of Dauphin county and the latter of Lancaster county. The father was a life-time resident of Dauphin county, and was a carpet weaver and butcher by occupation. He died at Hummelstown and his wife died at Harrisburg, March 18, 1892, aged eighty years. They had ten children, five of whom are living: Mary, wife of Cornelius Fisher, residing in Muscatine, Iowa; Harry, residing in York, Pa.; Edwin, Michael, Harrisburg; Addie, matron at Pennsylvania railroad station.

Edwin was reared in Hummelstown and received a limited education in the common schools of that place. He learned the trade of blacksmith, and worked at that occupation in Hummelstown until he was twenty years of age, when he removed to Harrisburg, where he was in the employment of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company about one year. He then entered the employment of the United States Government at Washington, D. C., and in 1865 went West with supply trains, and was engaged in distributing supplies to the various military posts until 1867, during which year he worked at his trade in Iowa. The same year he returned to Hummelstown, where, until 1871, he followed his occupation, when he returned to Harrisburg, and for the past twenty-four years has been engaged in business in this city. Mr. Bowers was married at Harrisburg, in 1879, to Phebe Dilvey, daughter of Amos and Hannah (Hess) Dilvey, widow of the late Miles Dilvey. Their children are: Jessie, Helen, Edna, and two who died in infancy. By her first marriage Mrs. Bowers has one son, Miles. Mr. Bowers is a member of City Lodge, No. 301, I. O. O. F. In his politics he is a Prohibitionist. He and his wife are members of the Ridge Avenue Methodist Episcopal church.

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Charles E. Fies for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 Nov. 2000

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