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Fred H. Bowers

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Fred H. Bowers

Posted: 7 Mar 2003 8:49PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 9 Mar 2003 9:55AM GMT
Surnames: Bowers
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.783-84

Fred H. Bowers. Among those members of the Huntington county legal profession who are distinguished for what they have accomplished in the direct line of their calling rather than from any public recognition secured in the direction of public office, a prominent name is that of Fred H. Bowers, for fifteen years a familiar figure in the courts, and identified with many important cases and interests. As senior member of the firm of Bowers & Feightner he helps make one of the strongest legal combinations in this section of the Hoosier state, and in his home community is equally well known as a citizen willing to sacrifice his individual interests in behalf of the larger good of society.

Fred H. Bowers was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, May 3, 1870, a son of Jacob and Louisa (Eckart) Bowers. His father was born in the same county in 1838, and his mother at Buffalo, New York, in October, 1845. Jacob Bowers early in life adopted the vocation of farming, and has followed it for many years in the vicinity of his birthplace. It was the usual experience of a farmer’s son that characterized the early life of Fred H. Bowers, who divided his time between his books and his farm chores. Later he became a student in the Normal School at Fostoria, Ohio, and after completing his course in that institution spent three years on the farm and in teaching the district schools. Next he entered the Northwestern Collegiate Institute at Wauseon, Ohio, and pursued his studies there two years, taking a scientific course. Teaching then became with him a profession, and he served three years as superintendent of the city schools of Bradner, Ohio. From that he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from the law department in 1899. Later in the same year Mr. Bowers was admitted to the Indiana bar at Fort Wayne, and at once established himself on practice, later moving to Huntington. This city has been his field of endeavor and the scene of his success. Soon after coming here he formed a partnership with Carey Landis, a schoolmate, under the firm name of Bowers & Landis, but the association was dissolved after a few months. Mr. Bowers in 1905 joined in practice with Milo N. Feightner, ex-mayor of Huntington, and for the past nine years they have conducted a general practice under the style of Bowers & Feightner.

In politics Mr. Bowers affiliates with the democrats taking an active part in local, county and state politics, and on several occasions has represented his party in state conventions as delegate. His only public service through an office has been as county attorney, a position to which he was elected in 1911-12-13, and also as city attorney and president of the board of public works. Fraternally Mr. Bowers is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Lodge No. 805 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Tribe of Ben Hur and the Court of Honor. He has been successful in a number of business ventures in Huntington county, and his standing in professional, business and social circles is deservedly high. Mr. Bowers is one of the prominent workers in the Central Christian church of Huntington, and is teacher of a bible class which is the largest numerically in northern Indiana.

In 1894 Mr. Bowers was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Metzler of Williams county, Ohio, daughter of John D. and Elizabeth (Lees) Metzler. To this union have been born three children: Lee M., a graduate of the Huntington high school; Lillian, a student in the high school; and Donald D.

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