Name: Oliver Purl BOWMAN
Birth: 15 FEB 1862 in Clarke Co., Osceola, IA
Death: 5 AUG 1939 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR (dc/obit) (F/A/G Olney Cemetery)
Reference Number: 296
Oliver was on the 1882 tax assessment. He had a lot worth $600, $40 merchandise, $200 notes, 2 horses/mules $100, and owes $400.
On the 1884 tax assessment he has 2 lots $600, $525 improvements, $300 implements, $200 notes, $75 furniture, 8 horses/mules $305, 1 cattle $20, 1650 sheep $3300, and $3500 indebtedness.
Oliver died from prostate problems. He is buried in the Olney Cemetery. Eva and Oliver had 10 children.
Purl Bowman prominent pioneer of Umatilla County and well known throughout this section of the state, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital Saturday, August 5 at 4:15 p.m., after an illness of three weeks.
Mr. Bowman was born February 15, 1862, at Osceola, Ia. and when a baby of only six weeks left St. Louis, Mo., with his parents for the west. His family had resided at Osceola before starting the long trek across the plains in a train of 105 wagons.
The Bowman’s arrived in Umatilla County on October 17, 1862, just two days more than eight months after Purl’s birth. They settled at Lower Birch Creek, living there for ten years before moving to Pendleton. At the age of 14 years, he started freighting with his father, later running sheep for a few years. When 18 years old, he began farming with Jim Jacobs on the old Chief Peo place on Tutuilla and a short time later bought out Mr. Jacob’s interests.
Mr. Bowman was very successful as a farmer and wool grower, expanding his holdings extensively. About 1900 he purchased the lot and building which was then known as the old Bowman House. It was burned to the ground a few years after that and then replaced by the present brick building, known as the Bowman Hotel.
Up to his last illness, Mr. Bowman was active in all his business affairs, and took a keen and lively interest in community life. He was honored at a family reunion at the home place on Tutuilla on the occasion of his 77th birthday anniversary with 43 present.
Mr. Bowman had a very wide circle of friends and his death came as a sad shock to them and to the community. During his life he had aided many needy families and was widely respected and admired.
Mr. Bowman was married to Miss Eva Stickler in April, 1891. Mrs. Bowman passed away August 31, 1930. Ten children were born to this union and eight of them survive, all residing in Pendleton. They are Roy Bowman, Mrs. Florence Windsor, Oscar Bowman, Hugh Bowman, Mrs. Al Moser, Kenneth Bowman, Mrs. John Crow, and Robert Bowman. He also leave 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild, a brother, Frank Bowman of Portland, Ore., and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Turner of Pendleton.
Funeral services will be held at Folsom’s at 2:30 o’clock, Tuesday, August 8. Pallbearers are as follows: Active—Roy Raley, Frank Gritman, Robert Goad, Barney Anderson, Bob Fletcher and Earl Gillanders. Honorary—Frank Frazier, Fred Schnelter, Levi Eldridge, R. F. Kirkpatrick, J. B. Perry, Henry Schultz and Isaac McDermid.
East Oregonian, August 7, 1939
Father: John Wesley BOWMAN b: 6 AUG 1837 in Tyler Co., VA
Mother: Lydia Margaret BRELSFORD b: 16 APR 1844 in OH
Laura Evalena STICKLER b: 20 JAN 1868 in Madison Co., Winterset, IA
26 APR 1891
in Clark Co., Vancouver, WA (Marriage Register)
- LeRoy B. BOWMAN b: 15 FEB 1892 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Florence Gaynell BOWMAN b: 9 JUL 1893 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR (birth reg)
- Oscar Arnold BOWMAN b: 9 NOV 1894 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Hugh BOWMAN b: FEB 1897 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Leona Claire BOWMAN b: 29 MAY 1898 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Opal BOWMAN b: NOV 1899 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Kenneth E. BOWMAN b: 20 FEB 1901 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Harriet Mildred BOWMAN b: 1903 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Patsy BOWMAN b: 17 MAR 1904 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR
- Robert Lester BOWMAN b: 9 MAY 1905 in Umatilla Co., Pendleton, OR