E. L. Bowsher, who is superintendent of city schools in Ashland, is a widely known educator of North Central
Ohio. He was born at Cridersville, Allen County, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1890, the son of Irvin and Clara (Burke) Bowsher.
The Bowsher family is of German descent, having come to this country from Alsace-Lorraine. Members of the Burke
family came from England, and John Burke, grandfather of E. L. Bowsher, was a soldier during the Civil War.
Irvin Bowsher is a native of Allen County and resides at Cridersville. For many years he was interested in general
farming and also engaged in the oil business. He has lived retired since 1925. Mr. Bowsher is a Democrat and has
served as a member of the city council. He belongs to the Lutheran Church, and his wife is a member of the Methodist
Church. Their children are: 1. E. L., the subject of this sketch. 2. Crystal, married N. W. Burton, lives at Lima,
The preliminary education of E. L. Bowsher was received in the public schools of Cridersville and Wapakoneta, being
graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1909. He completed his college work at Defiance College in 1913, spent
the following year as a teacher at Waynesfield, Ohio, and from 1914 until 1920 served as superintendent of schools
at Waverly. The following seven years were spent as superintendent at Wauseon, Ohio, and 1927 Mr. Bowsher accepted
his present position in Ashland. During his career in school work he also studied law at Ohio Northern University,
and took educational work at Ohio University, and the University of Michigan, having received the degree of Master
of Arts from the latter institution in 1926. He was trustee of Bowling Green State Normal School from 1922 until
1927, being appointed to that office by Gov. Harry L. Davis, and in 1929 he was appointed by Gov. Myers Cooper
to serve on the board of trustees of Kent State Teachers College. He held the office of president of the Northwestern
Ohio Teachers Association in 1926.
Mr. Bowsher was married in 1910 to Miss Norma Pepple, of Wapakoneta, the daughter of A. O. and Melvina (Bennett)
Pepple, both natives of Waynesfield, Ohio. Mr. Pepple resides at Dayton, Ohio. His wife died in 1897 and is buried
at Waynesfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Bowsher have been born three children: 1. Janice Eileen, born Jan. 7, 1911, attends
Ashland College. 2. Robert Eugene, born Dec. 9, 1913, attends Ashland High School. 3. Ruth Olive, born March 11,
1916, attends Ashland High School.
Mr. Bowsher is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Modern Woodmen
of America, Phi Delta Kappa, and Pi Gamma Mu fraternities. He is president of the Ashland Rotary Club, a director
of the Y. M. C. A., and belongs to the Ashland Country Club.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
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Names L to P
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