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Henry L. Bower

Henry L. Bower was the son of George H. and Sophia Bower and was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, April 5, 1843. In those days large families were common and he was one of eleven children, consisting of five girls and six boys.

At the age of 14 he moved with his parents to Madison Co., where practically all the rest of his life was spent. When 19 years old his country needed him and he volunteered in Co. B, 95 Reg. O.V.I. He was mustered into service at Camp Chase on Aug. 13, 1862, and served until the close of the war. He took part in some of the war's worst battles.

On Oct. 7, 1866, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Letha Robison Gilland with who he lived until Nov. 10, 1914, when she went to that "land beyond the blue". To them three children were born and one daughter has preceded her parents in death. Their son Loren Bower and their daughter, Mrs. O. E. Loofbourrow still survive.

Brother Bower joined the United Brethren church at the age of 16 and the earnest Christian life he lived during the war and since has brought glory and honor to his Master. He was ordained as a regular minister in the U.B. church and for some time traveled a circuit. In later years, he changed his church relationship and united with the Antioch Christian church and was faithful to it until his death. The loss of the energies and influence of this good man will be great.

His affliction has been long and severe, but he had Christian fortitude and the last words spoken to his pastor were, "There are better things coming." He died early Monday morning, Aug. 27, 1917, aged 74 years, 4 months and 22 days. He leaves a son, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, four sisters, two brothers and many friends.

His funeral was held at the Antioch Christian church on Wednesday afternoon conducted by the Rev. C. C. Ryan, and the G.A.R. conducted the services at the cemetery.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express the thanks of our hearts to the friends and neighbors for their great kindness during the sickness, death and burial of our father, Henry Bower. We are very grateful to the undertaker for his careful service, to the minister for his words of comfort and hope, and to the choir from Mt. Sterling for their splendid music, for the flowers and all the kindnesses shown.

Loren Bower

Contributor Notes:
Gilland is also spelled "Gilliland"
Henry L. Bower was the Contributor's great, great grandfather.

Submitted by Ann Bower.

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All genealogists in your area are invited to the following free workshop:

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Free German Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 AM 12:30 PM
Chillicothe-Ross County Library, 140 South Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio, Phone: 740-702-4145,
Featured Speaker:Ernest Thode
Session 1: Beginning Your German Research
Session 2: German Migration to America
Pre-registration is not necessary.
Everyone is welcome.

Thank you,
Richard E. Hartle
Publicity Chairman
Ohio Chapter PalAm

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