Biography of H. A. Mowrey
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H. A. Mowrey is among the leading and successful business men of Ashland, where he has been identified with the Mowrey Studio for more than 40 years. He was born in Seneca County, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1864, the son of Michael and Mary (Steward) Mowrey.

Michael Mowrey was born near Wooster in Wayne County in 1839, and his wife was a native of Wood County. The early life of Mr. Mowrey was spent in Wayne and Wood counties and he later settled in Ashland County, where he purchased the Henry Binckley farm, on the Savannah Road. After 13 years he retired and removed to Ashland in 1886, where he died in 1923, at the age of 84 years. His wife died in 1893. Both are buried in Ashland. After coming to Ashland Mr. Mowrey became interested in the furniture and undertaking business, being associated for a number of years with the firm of Mowrey, Sheets & Rice. The partnership was dissolved in 1892, and Mr. Mowrey retained the undertaking business which is now conducted by his son, Willard Mowrey. Mr. Mowrey was a Republican and a member of the Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Mowrey were born four children: H. A., the subject of this sketch; W. L., lives in Ashland; Cora A., married W. H. Baich, lives in Ashland; and Jessie L., lives at Detroit, Mich.

H. A. Mowrey spent his boyhood on a farm in Wayne County and obtained his education in the public and high schools of Ashland. As a boy he became interested in photography, with which he has been identified his entire life time. In December, 1889, he purchased the interest of a Mrs. Stevens in the firm of Shoemaker & Stevens, photographers, and in 1901 became sole owner of the business, which was thereafter known as the Mowrey Studio. Mr. Mowrey is recognized as the city's leading commercial photographer and is also widely known as a portrait artist. Since 1920 his son, Donald F., has been a partner in the studio.

Mr. Mowrey was married in 1891 to Miss Eva J. Ferrell, of Ashland, the daughter of John and Eliza (Greece) Ferrell, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Mowrey have two children: Margaret, attended Ashland College, now the wife of Clifford R. Neal, lives in Columbus; and Donald F., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history.

Politically Mr. Mowrey is a Republican. He and his family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Mowrey is an expert marksman and is well known as a rifle and trap shooter. He is also interested in archery, and is the owner of a summer cottage at Long Lake, in northern Michigan.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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