The wholesale paper business has been an important factor in the commercial growth of Utica and the name of
Bowes Brothers is inseparably identified with this branch of activity. The firm has been in existence for more
than twenty years and on account of its prompt and reliable methods it has gained a high standing throughout the
state and enjoys a liberal patronage. Henry Lambert Bowes, the elder of the brothers, was born at Oriskany,
New York, March 1, 1861, and is a son of John B. and Eliza (Churchill) Bowes, both of whom came to America from
England and early in life settled at Oriskany.
Henry Lambert Bowes, of this review, received his preliminary education in the public schools of Utica. After completing
his studies he entered the paper business in the employ of B. Wilson. After serving faithfully for twelve years
he was admitted as a member of the firm, with which he continued until 1889, when he became associated with his
brothers, John Allison and Charles Sidney Bowes, and they organized the firm of Bowes Brothers, wholesale paper
dealers, now one of the large and flourishing business establishments of Utica.
On September 20, 1893, Mr. Bowes was married to Miss Nettie M. Barber, a daughter of William Wallace Barber of
Taberg, New York, and two children have been born of this union: Raymond Churchill and Hazel Miller.
Mr. Bowes is prominent in social and business circles and fraternally is a valued member of the Masonic order and
the Royal Arcanum. Entirely without ostentation or any desire to attract attention personally, he has devoted his
time mainly to his business and his family. His associates find in him a genial and pleasing companion and he has
never been lacking in the spirit which seeks to promote the material and moral welfare of the city. Beginning at
the bottom of the ladder in his business he has overcome numberless difficulties and gained a position of comparative
independence. This he has accomplished through a worthy ambition, backed by tireless industry and a will that never
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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