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BOWERS, Moses, K., M.D., of Harrisburg, was born at Oakland Mills, Juniata county, Pa., December 6, 1856. He is a son of Martin H. and Christina (Kieffer) Bowers. Martin H. Bowers was born at or near Martinsburgh, Blair county, Pa., April 4, 1820. His life was spent partly in Blair and partly in Juniata county, but he passed his declining years in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county. His occupation was farming. He was a prominent citizen and a conscientious Christian, a member of the German Baptist church. He died June 15, 1893, aged seventy-three. His memory will long be cherished by those who knew him best. He was married near Millersburg, Pa., to Christina Kieffer, of Millersburg, Dauphin county. They had four children: Joseph, deceased; Susan, wife of Jacob Pyle, of Abilene Kan.; Mary, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Moses K.


Moses K. Bowers was a resident of Oakland Mills until he was fifteen. He enjoyed such educational advantages as were afforded by the public schools of his native town, and also attended the Normal School of Patterson, Juniata county. About 1870 he removed to Cumberland county with his parents and located near New Kingston, where he worked upon his father’s farm until 1877. At this date he went to Mechanicsburg and began the study of medicine with Dr. George Fulmer. In the fall of 1878 he entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and attended a course of lectures for one year. Going back to Mechanicsburg he continued his medical studies there for two years. He returned to Jefferson College in 1881 and received his diploma from that institution in 1882. He immediately began the practice of medicine at Boiling Sings, Cumberland county, Pa., and continued there for three years. In 1884 he removed to Harrisburg and has since that time practiced with success in that city.


He was married in Mechanicsburg, Pa., November 27, 1879, to Miss Emma M., daughter of George and Susan (Long) Fulmer, a native of Mechanicsburg, of German-American ancestry. They have had five children, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: Robert Ellerslie, born August 24, 1880; George Fulmer, born December 25, 1881, and Susan C., born March 15, 1884. Dr. Bowers is a Democrat. He has filled the office of school director and had been a member of the board of control for the city of Harrisburg. He has been an active member of the Cumberland County Medical Society. He belongs to Pilgrim Encampment, No. 13, Knights of St John and Malta, and of Harrisburg Union, No. 683, E. A. U. of America. Dr. Bowers and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Mary Jo Erdwein ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – Http://

Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000

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