Gelvin Edmund Bowen

11 September 1904–12 August 1969 (Age 64)

The Life of Gelvin Edmund

When Gelvin Edmund Bowen was born on 11 September 1904, his father, Arthur Noble Bowen, was 35 and his mother, Myrtle Elva Long, was 29. He married Wanda Mandeline Ayres on 6 March 1944, in Lovelock, Pershing, Nevada, United States. He lived in Dutch Creek Township, Washington, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Washington, Washington, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 12 August 1969, at the age of 64.

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Gelvin Edmund Bowen
Wanda Mandeline Ayres
Marriage: 6 March 1944

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6 March 1944
Lovelock, Pershing, Nevada, United States

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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 9

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 18

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

1 English, of Welsh origin: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Owain ‘son of Owain’ ( see Owen ).2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhacháin ‘descendant of Buadhachán’, a diminutive of Buadhach ‘victorious’ ( see Bohan ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • G E Bowen in household of A N Bowen, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Gelvin E Bowen in household of Arthur N Bowen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Galvin Bowen in household of Arthur Bowen, "United States Census, 1910"

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