Enoch Noyes Bartlett
ENOCH NOYES BARTLETT, born at Bath, N. H., July 4, 1813. [Class of 1838] Entered Oberlin College as a special student in 1835; graduated from the classical course in 1838, and from the theological seminary 1841; ordained in Oberlin Aug. 24, 1841, and Aug. 31 was married to Emily Smith, of Unionville, O. He taught at Mt. Vernon, O., 1841-2; preached Farmington, O., and Garretsville 1843-47; taught at Olivet, Mich., 1846-58; preached at Newton, Ia. 1858-61; at Hamilton, Ill., 1861-65. He was acting principal of the preparatory department of O. C. 1866-68; preached at Newton, Ia., 1868-69; at Woodburn, Ill., 1869-73; Olathe, Kansas, 1873-74; was a real estate and mining agent at Colorado Springs from 1874 until he lost his sight in 1887. Then he removed to Cal., where he lived a quiet life until his death at Ventura, Aug. 13, 1897. [Source: "Necrology Oberlin College For The Year 1897-8". Transcribed by: Helen Coughlin]
Fred A. Bill
BILL Fred A, Minneapolis. Res 2203 Lyndale av N, office 2800 Washington av N. Purchasing agent. Born Aug 12, 1850 at Hartsgrove O, son of E C and Betsey O (Davis) Bill. Married in Sept 1877 to Clara M McMaster. Educated in the dist schools and at Grand River Institute Austinburg O. Steamboating on Mississippi river 1868; clerk, dir and gen freight and passenger agt Diamond Jo Line Steamers 1873-93; auditor, local treas and gen passenger and freight agent and mngr Hot Springs Ry at Hot Springs Ark 1893-1903; pres St Paul Boiler & Mnfg Co 1900 to date; sec, gen passenger and freight and purchasing agent Minneapolis & Rainy River Ry 1903 to date; purchasing agent Itasca Lumber Co 1903 to date. [Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill]
Vernon V. Bower
Perhaps no better estimate of a community's stability, importance and prospects can be secured than that given by a successful business man, one who has made his own way and through experience has learned both the possibilities and limits of business development. Many prospectors, tourists and transients have come to Idaho and have left again with but a cursory knowledge of the great resources of this part of the Union and their statements are of no more value than those of the traveler from across the sea who spends a day in the great eastern metropolis and goes back to his home to publish his notes on America. It is from the solid, sensible, business-establishing, home-building class of residents of Idaho that comes the enthusiasm that proclaims this one of the most promising states of the western country, rich in every possibility and awaiting proper developing agencies. To this class belongs Vernon V. Bower, a successful real estate man, at Richfield, Idaho, where he is also one of the representative men in all public matters.
Vernon V. Bower was born at Ashtabula, Ohio, December 20, 1877, and is a son of William J. and Augusta (Atkins) Bower, the father being a native of Ohio, and the mother belonging to one of the old settled families of Ohio. In 1879 the Bowers moved from Ohio to Norton, Kansas, and there the father engaged in merchandising and so continues. There were nine children in the family, Vernon V. being the fifth in order of birth, the others being as follows: A babe that is deceased; Adelmer A., who is a resident of Norton, Kansas; Frank L., who is in the real estate business at Gooding, Idaho; Ernest B., who is in the mercantile business at Goodlands, Kansas; Maude B., who is the wife of Noel J. Hedge, of Norton, Kansas; Claude, who is associated with his father at Norton and Goodlands, the firm being extensive hardware and furniture merchants; Floyd, who is a resident of Kansas; Glenn E., who is associated with the Ostrander Furniture Company at Twin Falls, Idaho.
Vernon V. Bower was graduated from the Norton high school at Norton, Kansas, afterward taking a business course in a commercial college there and then worked for his father for two years, after which he went out on the road as a commercial traveler and continued in that line for seven years, seeing much of the country and making and cementing many friendships, his routes taking him through Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. After retiring from that line he engaged in merchandising at Norton for two years and then sold his interests there and in the fall of 1908 came to Richfield, Idaho, and early in the following year embarked in the real estate business, which he has continued with every evidence of marked success. He owns a considerable amount of valuable realty in this place and enjoys one of the most attractive and well placed residences as his home.
In June, 1904, Mr. Bower was married to Miss May Hedge, who was born in Iowa, and they have one daughter, Irene B., an engaging little maiden of seven years. Mr. Bower is not only an energetic and active business man but he is also deeply interested in public matters and has been a factor in Republican politics, and in 1909 was elected to the Idaho legislature and served ably in the interest of his constituents. [Source: "History of Idaho: a narrative account of its historical progress ...", Volume 3 -- By Hiram Taylor French, 1914 - Submitted by K.T.]
Fred W. Bowers
BOWERS, Fred W., state agent Phoenix Insurance Co.; born, Geneva, Ashtabula Co., O., Mar. 30, 1863; son of Henry F. and Marana A. (Evens) Bowers; educated in public schools of Norwalk, O., and Smith Business College, Toledo, O.; married, Ottawa, Kan., Dec. 24, 1891, Pearl Simpson; one son: Wilbur S. (died in infancy, June 15, 1899.) Began career with Germania Fire Insurance Co. in Chicago, 1884-87. Became identified with local agencies in Los Angeles, Cal., and Kansas City, Mo.; was chief clerk at Kansas City to resident manager of North British & Mercantile Insurance Co. of England; four years later became special agent of the Orient Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn.; for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Indian Territory, first at Kansas City, Mo., and later at St. Louis. Since Feb. 1, 1899, state agent for Missouri for Phoenix Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn. Director Provident Loan and Securities Co. Member Fire Underwriters' Association of the Northwest, Chicago (vice president, 1903-04), Missouri Fire Prevention Association (president, 1907-08-09). Republican. Congregationalism Clubs: Missouri Athletic, Automobile. Favorite recreations: music, golf. Office: Pierce Bldg. Residence: 5560 Waterman Ave. [Source: "The Book of St. Louisans", Publ. 1912 - Transcribed by Charlotte Slater]