James Russell Bowman

17 April 1893–5 July 1970 (Age 77)

The Life of James Russell

When James Russell Bowman was born on 17 April 1893, his father, Archibald S. Bowman, was 33 and his mother, Alice Celeste Kelley, was 34. He married Matilda A. Lieske on 4 April 1916, in Ottawa, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Mason Township, Cass, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Smithfield Township, DeKalb, Indiana, United States in 1910. He died on 5 July 1970, at the age of 77.

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James Russell Bowman
Matilda A. Lieske
Marriage: 4 April 1916
Ethel Pauline Bowman Moto
Glenn Bowman Sr.

Spouse and Children

4 April 1916
Ottawa, Ohio, United States


    Ethel Pauline Bowman Moto


    Glenn Bowman Sr.


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 10

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer , which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun.2 Americanized form of German Baumann ( see Bauer ) or the Dutch cognate Bouman .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Russell Bowman in household of Archie S Bowman, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Russell Bowman in household of Archie Bowman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James R Bowman in entry for Leonard William Francis and Ethel Pauline Bowman Moto, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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