B. J. Bowers, principal of Washington School, Johnstown, Pa., is a widely known educator of Western Pennsylvania.
He was born in Perry County, Pa., Feb. 3, 1864, and is a son of David B. and Diana (Hopple) Bowers.
David B. Bowers was a native of Pennsylvania, as was also his wife. He was a successful farmer and stockman of
Perry County. He died June 16, 1922, at the age of 80 years and six months, and his wife died July 1, 1920, at
the age of 75 years.
B. J. Bowers attended the district schools of Perry County and was graduated from Loysville High School. He then
attended school for two years at Tressler's Orphan Home School, Loysville, but as a pay student. The next two years
were spent at Bloomfield Academy, Bloomfield, Pa., after which he taught school for two years in Perry County.
He then attended and was graduated from the Shippensburg State Normal School in 1892. He was appointed principal
of the Highspire High School in Dauphin County, Pa., where he served for two years. The next five years he was
principal of the Mill Hall High School, Mill Hall, Pa, principal of Chester Hill High School, Phillipsburg, Pa.,
one year, and for two years was principal of Hazelhurst School, McCain County, Pa., where he served two years.!
He returned to Mill Hall as principal for five years and later went to Snow Shoe, Center County, Pa., where he
started the first high school, and remained two years. In 1910 he came to Johnstown as principal of Washington
School, which position he has held ever since.
On Sept. 26, 1897, Mr. Bowers was married to Miss Sarah Elen Bressler, a daughter of George and Mary Bressler,
of Mill Hall. They have two children: Calvin, 1899; and Josephine, 1902.! Calvin married Helen McGough of Johnstown,
and they have four children: Betty, Jack, Dick and Dorothy; and Josephine married John Bishop, lives in Los Angeles,
Cal. The family residence is at 568 Glenwood Avenue, Ferndaie.
Mr. Bowers is a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics he is an independent voter. He is a public spirited
citizen and holds the high regard of all who know him.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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