Dr. Galen F. Bowman is a representative of a family that has long figured prominently in medical circles of
Toledo and the consensus of public opinion places him with the lending physicians of the city. He was born at Kansas,
Ohio, November 16, 1886, and is a son of Dr. David E. Bowman, who for twenty eight years has engaged in the practice
of medicine in Toledo. The father was born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1857, and his parents, John and
Emma C. (Hipple) Bowman, were also natives of the Keystone state, in which they resided until 1859. They then came
to Ohio, acquiring a farm in Sandusky county, and upon that property they spent their remaining years.
Their son, David E. Bowman, attended the grammar and high schools of Fremont, Ohio, and subsequently became a student
in the medical department of the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated with the class of 1891. He
began his professional career at Kansas, Ohio, where he remained until 1894, and he has since been located in Toledo.
He has built up a large practice and has also been successful as an educator, serving for eight years as professor
of obstetrics in the Toledo College of Medicine. His life has been guided by high ideals and his pronounced ability
has won for him the esteem and admiration of his professional colleagues and the general public as well.
At Kansas, Ohio, on the 6th of September, 1882, Dr. David E. Bowman was married to Miss Elva Garn, a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Garn, who came to this state with their parents, and both are still active, the father having
reached the age of eighty five years, while the mother is eighty four. Dr. and Mrs. D. E. Bowman have two children:
Mrs. Bessie Reifert, who was born in Kansas, Ohio, and is now a resident of Toledo; and Galen F. Dr. David E. Bowman
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, while
his professional relations are with the local, state and national medical associations.
Following his graduation from the Central high school of Toledo, Galen F. Bowman became a student at the preparatory
school of the. University of Michigan and he afterward entered the medical department of Northwestern University
of Chicago, Illinois, from which he received the M. D. degree in 1911. Since 1912 he has maintained an office in
this city and through constant reading and close study of the cases that come under his care he is continually
broadening his knowledge and promoting his ability. He is now physician for the Toledo public schools and with
the passing years his practice has steadily increased as he has had opportunity to demonstrate his skill in the
treatment of disease. He has taken postgraduate work at Northwestern University, at the Mayo clinic at Rochester,
Minnesota, and at other leading medical centers and is most conscientious and thorough in the discharge of his
professional duties. He also has financial interests, being director and vice president of the Genoa Banking Company
of Genoa, Ohio.
On the 1st of January, 1912, Dr. Bowman was married to Miss Helen Powers, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Powers
of Genoa, Ohio, and they have three children: Helen Margaret, who was born in 1914; Sarah Jane, born in 1916; and
Harriet Ann, born in 1919. Dr. Bowman is a member of the Collingwood Avenue Presbyterian church of Toledo and his
political support is given to the republican party. He is an exemplary representative of the Masonic fraternity
and has crossed the sands of the desert with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. His public spirit finds expression
in his identification with the Chamber of Commerce and he is also a member of the Inverness Country Club. His professional
connections are with the Toledo & Lucas County Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Society and the
American Medical Association. Dr. Bowman is devoting his life to the good of humanity and as a member of the medical
fraternity he has attained high rank among those whose skill is uniformly acknowledged.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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