Biography of George L. Bower
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Bower, George L., was born December 18, 1838, on the farm which he now owns. He is a son of Joseph W., also a native of this town, who married Mary Peck, and reared seven children: Lucinda. wife of Joseph Kratzer of Genoa; Philinda, wife of Lewis De Camp of Lansing; Mary, wife of Rufus J. Drake of Genoa; Elizabeth, wife of Ferdinand Sperry; Fanny, wife of Wesley Bloom; George, Calvin li. The father died in 1861, and the mother in 1890. The grandfather came to this place from Pennsylvania at an early day. Our subject attended the district school and worked on the farm with his parents, after the death of his father buying the home farm of 101 acres, and has ever since resided thereon. He raises a mixed crop of grain, and makes a specialty of Shropshiredown sheep. He has also erected a large and commodious house and stables, and now owns a fine premises. In December, 1873, he married Sarah Van Zaut, daughter of Philip and Susan Kibler of Michigan, and they have had four children: Clarence G., born in April, 1876; Lewis L., born August 29, 1879; Jacob Bates, born October 16, 1881; and Mary E., born August 9, 1884. He is a member of the order of Free Masons, and is a Republican in politics.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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