BOWMAN, William, H., furniture manufacturer and undertaker, Uniontown, Pa., was born near Berrysburg, Pa., January 13, 1856. He attended the schools of the township in the winter and worked on his grandfather’s farm until he was sixteen years of age. He then attended the Berrysburg Seminary under Prof. Bergstresser for two years, after which he spent three years as an apprentice at the trade of cabinet making, and then worked three years as a journeyman. In 1880 he started a small shop of his own in Unitontown, having only $20 in cash to begin with, and has continued in the business since that time. Eight years later he erected a factory 22x56 feet, and equipped it with the most improved machinery. His business has increased and has been profitable. He has built a fine residence, and is a prominent and prosperous business man. Mr. Bowman was married, at Uniontown in 1877, to Miss Kate Underkoffer, born in Northumberland county in 1856; daughter of John Underkoffer, a farmer and miller. They have six children: Emory I., Elura M., Clayton V., Bertha C., Paul J., and Florence E. In political views Mr. Bowman is a Democrat and served as burgess of Uniontown three years, school director nine years, and also as auditor, judge of elections and clerk. He is a member of the Lutheran church., in which he holds the office of deacon and is the superintendent and a teacher of the Sunday-school. He is master of forms in the Patriotic Order Sons of America.
Historical Review of Dauphin County