Biography of Arthur E. Bower
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ARTHUR E. BOWER, owner and general manager of the Bower and Bower Live Stock Commission Company, Cleveland Union Stock Yards, was born on a farm in Coles County, Illinois, May 9, 1872. His ancestry have long been residents of the United States.

His father, Oliver C. Bower, was born in Clark County, Indiana, July 25, 1846. At the age of sixteen he followed in the footsteps of his father, Absolom, who was a dealer in live stock, with the exception that the father shipped his stock down the Mississippi to New Orleans, while the son found his market in Louisville, Kentucky. Oliver C. Bower went a few years to the college in Indiana which later became Butler College, situated in Indianapolis. In December, 1869, he married Emily Jane Perisho, born' April 6, 1846, a daughter of Isaac and Rosanne (O'Hara) Perisho. Mrs. Perisho's father was Gen. Michael O'Hara, an aide de camp to General Washington at the surrender of Cornwaliis, of which event there is a famous picture in the Capitol Building at Washington. In 1871 O. C. Bower joined his father in law in Coles County, Illinois. Here he became the owner of a 400 acre farm, which is now in the possession of A. E. Bower and son and is known as "Bowerhome." Mr. Bower never gave up his stock business for farming. In 1891 he came on a visit to Cleveland, where he found an inviting opening for developing his line of business and in October of that year he organized the firm of Bower & Bower, which has grown into the firm known in the Central Eastern States as the "Old Reliable Bower & Bower." O. C. Bower remained in active service both in business and his church, Franklin Circle Christian, Cleveland, and the Bushton, Illinois, Christian, he being an elder in each church, until he died in 1917. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Arthur E. Bower, son of O, C. Bower, received his early education in Coles County, Illinois, and the Central Indiana Normal College, Danvile, Indiana. After coming to Cleveland he took a course at the Spencerian Business College. He became associated with his father's business early in life and grew up with it. In 1893 he became the junior partner, and soon took over, for the most part, the management of the firm. In 1898 he married Mary A. Herrick, born November 28, 1875, whose father was one of Cleveland's foremost civil engineers, being one of the engineers who built the old Superior Viaduct used so many years in Cleveland. Mr. Herrick was a pioneer in his work. He was one of the engineers who laid the Union Pacific Railroad through Kansas to Kit Carson, Colorado. He surveyed the first wagon road across the Isthmus of Panama for a Cleveland syndicate. He died in 1903. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Bower have three children, Arthur Oliver, born October 2, 1900, graduated from Ohio State University in 1922, and married Florence May O'Hair in 1924. He is now the resident manager of "Bowerhome Farms;" Lou Emily, born November 24, 1903, was a graduate of Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, in 1924; William Millard, born June 16, 1905, is a member of the class of 1926 at Hiram College.

Mr. Bower and his mother are extensive land owners. Beside their Cleveland and Illinois property, they own a large ranch near Kit Carson in Cheyenne County, Colorado. Mr. Bower is a member of the board of directors of the Lorain Street Savings & Trust Company; an active member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Industry; and he is the chairman of the official board of the Franklin Circle Christian Church, where he and his family have been members since coming to Cleveland.

There are many romantic stories in the history of this man's family. The Hostetlers, the family of his paternal grandmother, were captured by the Indians and because of the training acquired during their captivity they became pioneers in the Middle West. The Perishos, the family of his mother, were driven to the United States during the persecution of the Hugenots in France, and from Albermarle Sound, North Carolina, they migrated westward through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois. Through these experiences many stories have arisen which, woven together, form the interesting history back of this prominent, philanthropic business man of the West Side.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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