Biography of Menno S. Bowman
Riverside County, CA Biographies





MENNO S. BOWMAN
Among Riverside's energetic and successful business men is Mr. Boman, whose absolute integrity and exceptional commercial ability have placed him in his present position of honor, as secretary of the Riverside Building & Loan Association. His life sets forth his high ambition not only to make the most of himself, but to maintain toward others the consideration which he himself desired. He was born September 13, 1838, in Ontario, Canada, his parents, Jonathan B. and Mary (Snyder) Bowman, being among the early settlers of that town. At the age of sixteen years he graduated from public school, shortly thereafter securing a situation as teacher in an Ontario school. Three years later he entered Otterbein Academy at Westerville, Delaware county, Ohio, graduating at the age of twenty one, and subsequently accepting a position as clerk in a mercantile establishment at Goshen, Ind. In 1862 he resumed his profession as teacher in Mackinaw, Ill., serving four years prior to his removal to Sterling, Ill., where he opened a clothing store. In 1878 he moved his stock to Dunlap, Iowa, continuing in the business until 1883, when he located in Riverside, Cal. Purchasing an orange grove covering twenty acres he devoted his interests to his orchard until 1895, when he established a boot and shoe store in Riverside. During the succeeding four years he profitably conducted this business, selling out in 1899 to E. Grundstrom. In 1904 he disposed of his orange grove.

In 1898 Mr. Bowman was elected to the office of public administrator, serving in that capacity until January, 1911, when he was chosen to fill the position which he occupies today, his training and natural ability rendering him fully competent to discharge his many technical duties.

Mr. Bowman is an active member of Evergreen Lodge, No. 259, F. & A. M. He is a member and secretary of Riverside Chapter, No. 67, R. A. M., and Riverside Commandery, No. 28, K. T. In politics he has always been identified with the Republican party. A practical worker in the Riverside Methodist Church, he is well known for his efforts in behalf of those less fortunate than hithself In Mackinaw, Ill., August 3, 1863, he was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Baber, a native of that city. No children were born to them.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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