Biography of Frank E. Fowler
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Fowler, Frank Eugene, is the son of John C. and Abby L. (Congdon) Fowler, and was born December 11, 1856, in Montville, Conn., where he received a public school education. When fifteen he became a clerk in a grocery store in his native town, and three years later entered the publishing house of Henry Bill, in Norwich, Conn., where he remained ten years, becoming supervisor of agents. In 1884 he accepted a position as traveling salesman and in 1885 he opened a general store in Uncasville, Montville, Conn., which he continued about nine years. He was postmaster there during that period and for several years was also a member of the town school board and of the school committee of Uncasville. In December, 1893, Mr. Fowler came to New Bedford and purchased the wholesale coffee and spice house of Davis & Hatch, at 28 Union street, which he has since conducted successfully. This business was established on High street in 1865 by Thatcher C. Hatch and Timothy Davis, and after Mr. Davis's death Mr. Hatch continued it alone under the old firm name of Davis & Hatch until he sold out to Mr. Fowler in 18?3 The latter carries it on under the style of the Davis & Hatch Spice Company. It is the only concern engaged in roasting coffee and grinding spices and cream of tartar in southeastern Massachusetts. The business was moved to 28 Union street about 1887. Mr. Fowler is a member of Eureka Lodge, F. & A.M., of Acushnet Lodge, I.O.O.F., and of the A.O.U.W. In May, 1884, he married Sadie L., daughter of Edward B. Swift, of Falmouth, Mass., and they have four children: Florence J., Allan S., Harold C. and Arthur E. Mr. Fowler's father served in the U. S. navy and later became a lieutenant colonel in the Union army in the Civil war, and at the time of his death, in Denver, he was a member of the G. A. R. staff of Colorado.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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