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Portrait and Biographical Record of Lafayette and Saline Counties, Missouri containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1893) p 527-8.
Edwin F. and Frank G. Bowman, of the firm of Bowman Bros., the enterprising and energetic editors and proprietors of the well-known Lexington News, established in 1889, and the official organ of the city and county, are both men of excellent business ability, progressive in their ideas and intelligent in their handling of the direct issues of the day. Their attractive paper is Democratic in politics and contains thirty-two columns of neatly printed matter, readable and newsy. The Bowman Bros. are the sons of John P. Bowman, a native of Kentucky, and an early settler of Missouri, who located in Lexington, Lafayette County, in 1844. The father of our subject served six years as Sheriff of Lafayette County, and for four years was Circuit Clerk, which official position he held at the outbreak of the Civil War. Possessing unusual ability, and energetic and faithful in the discharge of all duties entrusted to his care, John P. Bowman was also courageous in character and decisive in action, and, responding to the sentiment of his heart, entered the Confederate ranks, and as Col. Bowman distinguished himself by his gallant bearing upon the field of battle. He engaged in numerous battles and skirmishes and fell a victim to constant exposure in inclement weather, contracting a severe cold, and finally dying of a congestive chill. His death was mourned as a public loss, and his memory is not yet green in the hearts of all who knew him well. The mother of Edwin and Frank Bowman was Mary E. Chinn, of Lexington, Ky., a daughter of Dr. Joseph G. Chinn, who lived to the advanced age of ninety-seven years, and was married three times. His last marriage occurred at the age of ninety-four, and his wife, who was ninety-six when she married him, died in her ninety-ninth year. Mrs. John Bowman is still living, and is now in her seventieth year and resides in Lexington, where the Bowman Family is represented by four successive generations. The Bowman brothers are both married, and their pleasant homes are blessed with the presence of children. Edwin F. Has been in the printing business for twenty-five years, and Frank G. has been engaged in the same occupation for twenty years, both being thoroughly at home in every detail of their work, and, in every sense of the word, practical printers. They run several job presses of large power, and turn out fine specimens of typographic work. Frank G. Bowman holds the State medal offered by the Missouri Press Association, which was held in St. Joseph in 1882, and which medal was given for the champion office, the swiftest and neatest in job printing. Our subjects, the Bowman Brothers, have an extended circle of warm friends, and enjoy the esteem and confidence of the general public, among whom they have passed almost their entire lives. Together with their families they are important factors in the promotion of all the best interests of their city, and with word and deed sustain its worthy enterprises, be they religious, benevolent or purely business. The power of the press in the hands of such men as our subject is always effectively used in behalf of progress and reform, and its value cannot be overestimated.