Bower, Mervin, a native of Lansing was born August 24, 1827, the son of John Bower, born in 1799, a native of
Pennsylvania, who came to Tompkins county with his parents John and Rosina (Youngs) Bower. John married Lucretia
Bunell, born in 1800, daughter of Henry Bunell of Lansing, and they reared four children: Gerusha, Mervin, Hannah
R., and Susan. Mr. Bower diedin January, 1887, and his wife June 3, 1878. Our subject attended the common schools
in his neighborhood winters and worked on the farm summers. He finally purchased a farm of sixty two acres, where
he has since lived and has erected a commodious house and barns. He married in December 1860, Wealthy, daughter
of Porter and Lucinda (Slocum) White of Lock. Mr. and Mrs. Bower have three children: John C., born December 31,
1862; Charles R., born August 28, l864 Ella M., born July 3, 1869, wife of Clifford Townsend of Lansing. John C.
married Ella Bower, and Charles R. married Emma J. McCargar. The family are members of the Lansingville Grange.
Mr. Bower has served as assessor and is a trustee of the M. E. church at Lansingville. In politics he is a Republican.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
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