COWDEN, Matthew B., city engineer, was born in Susquehanna township, December 1, 1851. He is a son of John W. and Mary E. (Hatton) Cowden, both natives of Dauphin county, where they spent their lives, and where they died in 1872. The father was a civil engineer, and served as city surveyor of Harrisburg for a number of years. He and his wife had nine children, eight of whom are still living: Margaret, wife of Samuel N. Hamilton, of Beaver county, Pa.;Frederick H., of Harrisburg; Sarah, wife of Homer H. Cummins, of Harrisburg; Elizabeth B., wife of Matthew Beck, of New Jersey; Matthew B.; Ellen J., wife of Stephen Hubertsis, of Harrisburg; Josephine W., of Harrisburg, and W. K.
Matthew B. Cowden came to Harrisburg when he was five years old. He was educated in the city schools, and also attended the Polytechnic College of Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1872. He engaged in the work of civil engineering, serving for one year with the Texas Pacific railroad, in Texas, since which he has been employed in this occupation in Harrisburg. He was elected city engineer in 1874, and for twenty-one years he has performed the work of this office with skill and fidelity. Mr. Cowden was married in Harrisburg, in 1875, to Mary H. Buehler, daughter of Charles and Sarah Buehler, a native of Dauphin county. Two children have been born to them: Nellie E., deceased, and Edward C., born in 1879. Mr. Cowden is a member of State Capital Lodge, No. 70, I. O. O. F. In political views he is a Republican. The family attend Zion Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 13 Nov. 2000
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