Bowell Cemetery

Kankakee Township
Twp Line Road
LaPorte' County, Indiana
Site updated on May 8, 2015

Contributed by Donna M. Nelson

Bowell Cemetery was located in the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2, Twp. 3N (Kankakee), Range 2W, La Porte Co., IN.
The land, 20 rods x 10 rods, for the cemetery was deeded by Antipas J. and Susan M. Bowell on 5 May 1864 to John Bowell Senior
"expressly to him and his posterity for a Burying Ground." It is presumed that burials of members of the Bowell family who died prior to 1864 were buried on this site, even as early as 1835.
Description submitted by Patricia Gruse Harris.

"John Bowell died on the 10th of April, 1866, and Elizabeth, his wife, one week previously. Both were buried on the same spot, as near as it could be ascertained,
where they first encamped in the township." [Packard, Jasper, History of LaPorte County, Indiana, 1876. p. 122]

The cemetery was abandoned and all remains were removed to Pine Lake and Rolling Prairie Cemeteries between 1917 and early 1920's.
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People Interred at the original Bowell Cemetery

#1) Bowell, Absalom Carr Absalom Bowell, who resided in Galena township, 6 miles north of this city, died at 6 o’clock this morning after a week’s illness. He was afflicted with diarrhea which brought on other complications. Old age helped along the grim worker of death and very unexpectedly life terminated. Deceased was a brother of Dr. Bowell, of Rolling Prairie. His wife died two years ago yesterday. Three sons survive the deceased. The funeral services will be held in the Rolling Prairie church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. (The Herald, 29 Aug 1895) 

Absalom Bowell, a younger brother of Dr. Bowell, died of typhoid fever, Thursday, Aug. 29, 1895. His funeral was held in the Christian church at Rolling Prairie Saturday and he was laid at rest in the Bowell family cemetery. (The Herald, 3 Sep 1895) " The death angel has again been out on a voyage. The funeral services of Absalom Bowell was held at the Disciple church Saturday afternoon and he was laid to rest beside his wife in the Bowell cemetery. He leaves three sons with their families. " (The Herald, 5 Sep 1895)

Note: Absalom Carr Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery.

#2) Bowell, Alice (Anderson) - The funeral of Mrs. Eddy Bowell, who died quite suddenly Sunday, will take place here on Wednesday, at 2 p.m.

Daily Herald, Friday, December 18, 1891 - The funeral Wednesday of Mrs. Ed Bowell was held at the Disciple church by Rev. Lacy, who is still here helping with their revival services. Mrs. Bowell whose maiden name was Abbie Anderson was thirty-seven years of age and leaves a husband and three children. She had not enjoyed the best of health for the past three years. Deceased was a kind and loving woman. Her religious home was the Disciple church. The day was warm and nice and the church could not begin to hold the large concourse of people who now as then sympathized with the bereaved family. Mrs. Bowell's father died while she was young. She was born in Virginia. Her mother who now lives at Toledo and a half sister came to attend the funeral. She was buried in the Bowell cemetery. (Daily Herald, Friday, December 11, 1891) Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Alice Anderson, wife of James Edward. B. Feb 11, 1854 d. Dec 7, 1891.
Note: Absalom Carr Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery.

#3) Bowell, Bowen Combs, Dr. – Just as he had wished – quietly and peacefully – and upon the day and at the time he had often said that the end would come, Dr. Bowen Combs Bowell, the oldest and one of the best known physicians in La Porte county, this morning passed to his reward. The members of the family were present at the bedside when the venerable doctor breathed his last, and as the spirit seemed to flutter and hesitate before taking its departure from the earthly habitation there were signs of arousing sensibilities, but that was all. Since about 9 o’clock last night he had been in a partially unconscious condition but still it seemed as though he was conscious of the nearness of those whom he loved and that he realized that gradually the last sleep was coming o’er him. Just two weeks ago Wednesday he was taken ill

and was compelled to go to bed and since that day he had gradually grown weaker. During all this time he did not suffer and until yesterday his faculties were unimpaired, he conversed with those about him and showed that even upon the eve of approaching death he was the same tender hearted person as of old and ever solicitous for the welfare of others, his greatest care being a desire to cause as little trouble as possible for those who were giving him every attention, love and devotion. The deceased was born in Clarke county, this state, March 25, 1820, being the son of John and Elizabeth (Carr) Bowell, who were natives of Pennsylvania. The parents lie buried in the Bowell family burial ground in Kankakee township, at the place where they camped out when they first came to this county 68 years ago. The mother was of Irish descent and the father of Welsh descent. The doctor came to La Porte county in March, 1834, in company with his parents and they camped out for two weeks in Kankakee township and then located on what is now the Bowell homestead and which for many years was the home of the deceased and his family. He was married the first time in Clark county, Jan. 7, 1850, to Elizabeth Drummond, who died May 17, 1851. She was a native of Clark county and was the mother of one child, who died when an infant. Dr. Bowell was married the second time, Feb. 16, 1852, to Eliza A. Jackson, who is a native of Ohio, and who, with three sons and one daughter, mourns the departure of a kind and loving husband and father. The surviving children are Frank A. Bowell of Chicago, Mrs. O.L. Galbreth of this city, Doctor B.C. Bowell, Jr., of this city and Fred J. Bowell, also of La Porte. He also leaves two grandchildren, Helen Galbreth and Paul Sharpless, the latter being the son of Rowena Bowell Sharpless, deceased.

   Although the doctor’s early educational advantages were quite limited they were very good for the time. His desire was to become a physician and in 1845 he began the study of medicine at New Carlisle in the office of Dr. Noah Miller. Four years later he graduated from the Eclectic Medical college at Cincinnati and after a few months in Chicago he returned to La Porte county located in Wills township and took up his life work. In addition to taking care of the practice which he was building up he managed the farm upon which he resided. For more than half a century Dr. Bowell devoted himself to the care of the sick and injured and from the lips of all who have been under his care only words of praise and commendation are heard. There was no better or more widely known physician in this part of the stat than the deceased and the night was never too cold nor too dark for the doctor to start out upon some errand of mercy or to minister to some sick person. Never did he make any more visits to the home of one of his patients than was necessary and to cure as quickly as possible. His sympathetic nature showed itself at all times and those of his patients who were too poor to pay the regular fees he exacted only what they could spare. He was generous to a fault, unostentatious in all that he did and at all times modest and retiring. He was a true gentleman and in this term is embodied all that can be said of any man.

His life was a busy one and although he was at times associated in the practice of his profession with other physicians his greatest success was when he was alone in business. At various times he was either associated with or had the following persons studying in his office: Dr. W.B. Wilson, now of Rolling Prairie; Dr. H.B. Wilcox, afterwards of Three Oaks; Dr. Edward Hall, afterward of St. Joseph, Mich.; Dr. P.D. Sharpless of Rolling Prairie; Dr. Calvin Connor, afterward of Three Oaks; and Dr. Geo. Barnes, who afterward went to California, but gave up the practice of medicine.

The deceased joined the Christian church nearly 50 years ago. He was baptized in the lake which at that time existed at the point of the old Kankakee mills. He had ever since been a consistent believer of that faith and one of the pillars of the church at Rolling Prairie, in which he continued his membership, although he removed to La Porte with his family two years ago. He had for years served as an elder in the church and by all was looked up to and respected for his lofty ideals of manhood and purity of character. Although his views politically were decided he was never partisan and friendship stood first with him in every thing. He never held a political office, always refusing most decidedly all overtures that were made to him to accept some political preferment. His life was in keeping with his views and he always desired to be considered a plain man and one devoid of all ostentation.

The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Christian church at Rolling Prairie, Rev. William Roe of Buchanan, Mich., and Rev. C.B. Black of Rolling Prairie officiating. Burial at the family lot. Austin Cutler is a funeral director. (La Porte Daily Herald 29 Mar 1902) Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Bowen C.; b. Mar. 25, 1820 d. Mar 29, 1902.
Note: Bowen C. Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery.

#4) Bowell, Elizabeth (Carr) “John Bowell died on the 10th of April, 1866, and Elizabeth, his wife, one week previously. Both were buried on the same spot, as near as it could be ascertained, where they first encamped in the township.” Source: History of La Porte County, Indiana, by Jasper Packard, 1876; page 122. Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Elizabeth Carr wife of John, d. Apr 18, 1866, age 77 yrs, 7 mo, 21 da.
Note: Elizabeth Carr Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery

#5) Bowell, Elizabeth (Drummond) – “He (Bowen C. Bowell) was married the first time in Clark county, Jan. 7, 1850, to Elizabeth Drummond, who died May 17, 1851. She was a native of Clark county and was the mother of one child, who died when an infant.” Source: (La Porte Daily Herald 29 Mar 1902, obituary of Bowen C. Bowell, Sr.) Additional Note: In 1851, burials were in Bowell Family Cemetery. Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Elizabeth, wife of Bowen b. Nov. 27, 1825 d. May 17, 1851
Note: Elizabeth (Drummond) Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery.

#5-A) Possible Burial? - Bowen C. and Elizabeth (Drummond) Bowell were married Jan 7, 1850 in Clark County, Indiana. Elizabeth had one child, who died when an infant. The child would have been born between Jan 7, 1850 and May 17, 1851. The 1850 Census places Bowen & Elizabeth in La Porte Co. November 23, 1850 and the child is not with them. Was the baby born and died between Jan 1850 and Nov 1850, or born after the census of Nov 1850 and died at a later date, while still considered an “infant”? Either way, it seems likely the child would have been buried in the Bowell Family cemetery.

#6) - Bowell, Helen E. born Oct 27, 1858, died Oct 3, 1860 – The family was using Bowell Cemetery in 1860. Burial now recorded in Pine Lake Cemetery. Original burial was likely in Bowell, with remains moved to Pine Lake when the family cemetery was abandoned.     Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Helen E. b. Oct. 27, 1858 d. Oct. 3, 1860

#7) Bowell, John - John Bowell died on the 10th of April, 1866, and Elizabeth, his wife, one week previously. Both were buried on the same spot, as near as it could be ascertained, where they first encamped in the township.” Source: History of La Porte County, Indiana, by Jasper Packard, 1876; page 122. Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, John d. Apr 29, 1866, age 81 yrs, 1 mo, 21 da.     Note: John Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery.

#8) Bowell, John E. born Oct 5, 1860, died Feb 7, 1864 – The family was using Bowell Cemetery in 1864. Burial now recorded in Pine Lake Cemetery. Original burial was likely in Bowell, with remains moved to Pine Lake when the family cemetery was abandoned.    Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, John E. b. Oct 5, 1860. d. Feb 7, 1864

#9) Bowell, Mary (Etherington) - Mrs. M.E. Bowell, wife of James E. Bowell, died last evening at 6:30 o’clock, after years of illness and recent severe suffering, having been confined to her bed for some time past. Mrs. Bowell was born in Galena township, Jan 9, 1848, and was a daughter of Richard and Lucy Etherington. She attended the common schools of the township in which she was born, afterwards teaching school two terms in the same township. She was a member of Prof. Phelon’s private school, this city, and completed her education at New Carlisle academy. For many years, on account of her father’s physical infirmities, she took almost complete charge of his extensive business, developing qualifications in this direction that stamped her as one of the most competent business women in the county. 

Mrs. Bowell was married to her bereaved husband, April 4, 1895, the marriage taking place at her home, Rev. E.B. Widger, at that time pastor of the Christian church, this city, officiating. She was a member of the Christian church, was a member of the Woman's Literary society, was at one time vice president of the Orphans home, and was also at one time a member of the Saturday Night club this city. Mrs. Bowell  resided in town several years, living at first on Indiana avenue and afterwards corner of Osborn street and Michigan avenue. She was an extensive property owner, being one of the wealthiest ladies in the county. Deceased was thoroughly devoted to her husband and his three children, and was a good woman in every sense of the word. The funeral will take place Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. E.B. Widger, Grand Rapids, will officiate. Interment in the Bowell family cemetery, east of Rolling Prairie. A. Cutler is funeral director.
La Porte Daily Herald, 23 March, 1898
Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Mary E. Etherington, wife of James Edward b. 1848 d. 1898
Note: Mary (Etherington) Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery

#10) Bowell, Sarah Ann (Ireland) – Mrs. Sara Ann, wife of Absalom C. Bowell, of Rolling Prairie, passed to her eternal reward at 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She was 68 years old, and has for the past eighteen months been a sufferer of internal cancer. Mrs. Bowell, whose maiden name was Ireland, was born in Preble county in 1825. She moved to St. Joseph county, this state, in 1831, and in 1845 removed to this county where she resided with her mother until 1851, when she joined in marriage with A. C. Bowell, three sons being the issue of the union. Mrs. Bowell was a loving mother and a Christian woman, and will be mourned by many. The funeral will take place from the Christian church, Rolling Prairie, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Elder Brooks, of Paw Paw, Mich, will conduct services. (La Porte Daily Herald, Monday, August 28, 1893). Note: The obituary of Absalom Bowell states that he was laid to rest beside his wife. Absalom was buried in Bowell Cemetery. Pine Lake Cemetery List: Bowell, Sarah Ann Ireland, wife of Absalom Carr b. Nov 30, 1825 d. Aug 27, 1893.
Note: Sarah (Ireland) Bowell’s remains were moved to Pine Lake Cemetery

#11) Conner, (Anna) Infant Daughter of Calvin & Mary - Thursday, the little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Conner was buried up in the Bowell cemetery. The little daughter was six months old and so was quite a pet, but cholera infantum was too much to conquer. Mrs. Conner is suffering with cancer of the breast quite badly. (Daily Republican, 29 Aug 1888) 
Additional Note: Obituary of father identifies this child as Anna. Mary Conner is now listed in Rolling Prairie Cemetery. If her remains were removed from Bowell to Rolling Prairie, daughter Anna was likely also moved.

#12) Conner, Mary (Harris) - Mrs. Dr. Calvin Conner, who has been afflicted with cancers of the breasts for the past two years, departed this life Friday afternoon. Mrs. Conner was confined to her bed only two days before she died. She has had two or three quite sick spells in the past years, but rallied and was up and around again, so that she could tell and oversee her family and affairs. Her cancers were not so painful being of the stone species, but a heavy and penetrating nature going inwardly to her vitals. Her maiden name was Mary Harris. She was thirty-seven years of age and leaves her husband with four children, the eldest a girl of only twelve years. There are three girls and one boy, the latter the youngest. The little girls have been very much attached and helpful to their mother during the sad years. One little daughter, the babe of the family, was taken home last summer, and last Sunday afternoon, the funeral services of the mother were held at the Disciple church, of which she was a member, by her pastor, Rev. T. Brooks. Then she was laid to rest by the side of the babe in the Bowell cemetery. It was another of the sad scenes of life to see little ones bereft of a mother and her care. She leaves three brothers, a sister and numerous friends. (Daily Herald, 30 Aug 1889)
Additional Note: Mary Conner is now listed in Rolling Prairie Cemetery. If her remains were removed from Bowell to Rolling Prairie, daughter Anna was likely also moved.

#13) Drummond, Amy (Bowell) - Mrs. James Drummond, who has been sick so long, died Sunday morning and will be buried Wednesday afternoon. She was one of the early settlers here and had a host of friends. (Daily Herald, Wed., June 5, 1895)
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, Amy Bowell, wife of James b. Aug 27, 1814 d. June 2, 1895

14) Drummond, James - The funeral of James Drummond took place yesterday from his late home in Wills township at 2 p.m. There was an immense attendance, showing the high esteem in which the deceased was held. It is estimated that over 400 persons were present, among them being many of Mr. Drummond’s hired help, quite a number of them being Polanders who came miles to be present, and who could be heard relating stories of his kind treatment of them.
Rev. Wm. Roe, of Buchanan, Mich., officiated. He took the text from I Corinthians xv, 17, 18. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

Man was spoken of as being of a dual nature. There is the inner and outer man. It is the outer man that death attacks. It is the inner man that is the real man. We are apt to misjudge the real mission of death. Death is more of a blessing than a dread. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them.” Mr. Roe spoke of Mr. Drummond’s being a Christian man, of his being a pillar in the church, and of his liberal support of the gospel. His home was always the resting place for way worn preachers. His acts of charity were referred to as something wonderful. Mr. Roe spoke words of consolation to the bereaved relatives and friends and especially to the aged and loving wife. The sermon was very impressive.

Jesse Roe, daughter and niece, of Buchanan, Mich., furnished the music, rendering some very fine and appropriate selections, one of the most beautiful being a composition entitled “Farewell.”

There were some beautiful floral designs contributed by the family of deceased. One was a pillow and star, the latter resting on top of the former. The pillow was composed of roses and carnations and the star of roses. There was also a wheel consisting of white roses and carnations, with a sheaf of wheat in the center. There were bouquets of tube roses, cut flowers and chrysanthemums.
The remains looked quite life-like, being nicely prepared for burial. They rested in a handsome casket. John Ball acted as the undertaker.

The pall bearers were Col. G.O. Foster, Jacob and Julius Miller, Ed Teeter, W.W. Fuller and Alex. King, James Powell acting as funeral conductor. 
The remains were deposited in the family burying ground, known as the Bowell cemetery
. The latter consists of land given by Mrs. Drummond’s father, it being the very spot of ground on which he pitched his tent at his first settlement in this county. 
The grave was beautifully arranged for the reception of the remains, it being lined throughout with autumn leaves, even the fresh dirt being hidden from view.

Mr. Drummond was one of the best of men, one of those persons who must be thoroughly known to be appreciated, being quiet and unassuming. Though fitted for responsible public positions he always declined them when tendered him. He loved his home and family too much to enter into anything that would have a tendency to separate him from them. His home life was beautiful and the oneness of feeling existing between him and his wife was of the most marked and lovely character. Mr. Drummond had not an enemy. He was very social. He was a great reader and was a man of strong convictions. He always took a prominent part in church matters, being an elder for years. He was a singer and consequently took an active part in the services. Deceased was good to the poor and many are the acts of kindness performed by him and his good wife which will never be known, having been done in secret. His devotion to his family was always fully reciprocated, rendering his domestic life beautiful indeed. During his sickness his three daughters and his nephew, Dr. Bowen Bowell, were untiring in their devotion to him. He will be missed not only by his family, but by other relatives, by his numerous friends and by his neighbors. His memory will be cherished for “That best portion of a good man’s life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” (The Daily Herald, La Porte, Indiana, Monday, October 23, 1893:)
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, James b. Aug 9, 1810 d. Oct. 20, 1893.

#15) Drummond, John B. – The will of John B. Drummond states his date of death is 9 December 1854. James Drummond, uncle of deceased, filed to be executor of estate on January 25, 1855. John is the deceased spouse of Orrilda (Bowell) Drummond. Bowell family burials were at Bowell cemetery during this era. WILL Book D, Page 33 (Box 14 of LaPorte Co. Court House Records @ La Porte Library). 
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, John B. b. July 17, 1822 d. Dec 9, 1854

#16) Drummond, Mary Ellen - Daughter of John B. and Orrilda (Bowell) Drummond. Pine Lake Cemetery list shows date of death July 11, 1860. During this period, burials were in the Bowell Family Cemetery.
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, Mary Ellen dau. of John B. & Orrilda b. July 18, 1845 d. July 11, 1860. 

#17) Drummond, Orrilda (Bowell) - Died, at her residence, near Rolling Prairie, December 21, 1888, Mrs. Orrilda Drummond. Fifty-six years ago, John Bowell, his wife and six children, came to LaPorte county. Mrs. Drummond was then a child about eight years of age. The family, the first night after their arrival, camped on the bank of a small lake near the present residence of Dr. B.C. Bowell. The lake is now a cultivated field; the camping ground a cemetery in which, among others, lie buried the father and mother – Mrs. Drummond was married to Jno. B. Drummond in 1844. Of the five children born to them, three are yet living; two are unmarried and one is the wife of W.A. Martin, of La Porte. Mrs. Drummond had been a member of the Christian church since 1843, and was left a widow thirty-four years ago. With a self reliance possessed by few women, she kept her family together and managed her property with a degree of business ability that resulted in the accumulation of a competent property. About one year ago her health began to fail. She suffered severely from a heart and lung trouble. An unfailing patience on her part and the constant unwearied care of her daughters and her brother, Dr. Bowell, went far toward alleviating her suffering and robbing death of its terror. At her late home, Rev. Wm. Roe, an old time friend of the family, conducted the funeral services. And now, at the close of a useful life, and beneath the same turf above which her father first pitched his tent long years ago, she rests. (LaPorte Argus, 2 Jan 1889)
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, Orrilda Bowell wife of John B. b. Oct. 6, 1824 d. Dec 21, 1888

#18) Drummond, Thomas W. – Thomas Drummond, age 2, is recorded in the 1850 Census. Pine Lake Cemetery list records his date of death as May 9, 1851. During this period, burials were in the Bowell Family Cemetery.
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery List: Drummond, Thomas W. son of John B. & Orrilda b. Jan. 15, 1847 d. May 9, 1851

#19) Foster, Anna (Drummond) – Sorrow came with poignant sting to many hearts today by the intelligence of the passing away of Mrs. T.J. Foster, formerly of this city, at her home in Chicago. Her death was not unexpected. For a year past the shadows had been gathering about her, and last evening death’s sleep stone upon her. Mrs. Foster was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Drummond, and was brought to this county by her parents when a child. This was in 1834, her parents, hardy pioneers, living in Kankakee township for several score of years. She was married to Thomas J. Foster, who died about eleven years ago, and beside whom she will now rest in everlasting slumber. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Roe, of Chicago, and Mrs. Oglesby, of this county. Mrs. Foster’s life was one of intense and loyal consecration to her religious faith. She practiced her belief in ministrations in which generous charity was evidenced. Her affiliation was with the Christian church, and her life and works will be enduring monuments to a precious memory. Her fatal illness had its inception about a year ago. Cancer developed and its ravages could not be stayed. With this knowledge she awaited the inevitable end and passed into the sleep that knows no earthly awakening with calm resignation and a desire to be reunited with her life companion gone before. Austin Cutler was called to Chicago to care for the remains, which will be taken to Rolling Prairie for final interment.
(La Porte Argus Bulletin, 3 Sep 1902)

#20) Foster, Thomas J. - Thomas J. Foster is dead. He was one of those men whose passing away is not only a loss to their families and friends, but to the entire community in which they have resided. The name of Thomas J. Foster is a household word in this community. Everybody knew him - the young, the middle-aged, the old and the stranger within our gates heard of him soon after arriving here. That is because of his business, his characteristics, his association. He was a busy man, identified with everything that tended to the up building of La Porte, besides having large interests of his own to look after. As one business man expressed it, "Tom was for every man and every man was for Tom." His characteristics were those of being enterprising, public-spirited, charitable. Besides having large interests here, he was the owner of 1,120 acres of land in Dakota which, in addition to being very fertile, was well stocked, and he was likewise agent of the great Rumely manufacturer of this city. These things gave him a wide acquaintance. Socially he stood high. He mingled with the best of people, yet he did not despise the poor, the humble, the needy. In the social circle, in business circles, in political circles, he was prominent among the prominent. His death may be said to have been sudden and unexpected. As recently as early yesterday morning his case seemed to take a favorable turn, but after that hope died away and death appeared inevitable. This latter fact, however, was known as a general thing, only by his physicians and attendants, so that to the public his demise seems sudden indeed. He was bedfast just a week, being attacked with intermittent fever, the disease passing to his brain, resulting in congestion of the latter. He was unconscious over twenty-four hours, dying at 12:40 this morning.

Thomas J. Foster was the son of Thomas and Lusetta Foster, was born in this county in 1842, and was consequently fifty years of age. His father died the year of his birth. His parents were natives of Onandaga County, N.Y., coming to this county in 1840. Thomas was sent east where he was raised by an aunt, returning to this county when eight or nine years of age. He lived on a farm and learned to work with his hands, being at one time employed by the late Fleming Reynolds, one of La Porte county's well-know farmers. Thomas was not afraid to work, and being of an independent turn of mind he early developed that self-reliance which tended, in after years, to render him the successful man that he was in every undertaking to which he turned his attention. In 1860 he drove oxen across the plains to Colorado, and in the following year opened a small stock of groceries just two blocks east of where his well-known store now is, afterwards moving to the latter location, which became a landmark, as it were, in the city. In 1863 he was united in marriage with Miss Annie Drummond, daughter of James Drummond, one of the oldest and best known citizens in the county. He was elected on the Democratic ticket in 1876, to fill the office of county treasurer; was re-elected in 1878, the nomination each time being unanimous. He served three years as secretary of the board of education, and was president of the board at the time of his election as county treasurer.

The success attending his career," says one of his biographers, is worthy of more than a passing notice. Bereft of the guidance and help of a father's hand, he emerged from his boyhood without the means to improve opportunities or secure education. His capital was his energy, industry and economy, and with these alone he made life a success."

His grocery business, as everybody knows, was extensive and he controlled a large trade. Every one who had dealings with him regarded him as an honest man. He was a Christian in the full acceptation of the term, joining the Disciple church about the time of his marriage. Although he was what might be called a money-making man he did not strive to acquire money for the latter’s sake, but for the good he could accomplish with it. His highest aim was to live to benefit his fellow men. This will account for his charitableness. He did a great deal of good with his means. One who had known him long said he gave away a small fortune. More than one poor family, who purchased groceries at his store, have had a receipted bill forwarded to them because they were unable to pay it when presented. He clothes more than one poor boy from head to foot, and the best of it was he did not let one hand know what the other performed. He was not charitable in order that his deeds might be known of men, but it was thus that he laid up treasures in heaven where the recording angel beholds the smallest deed that is done in the spirit that the Master taught. His rule was church first, business second. He never allowed business to interfere with church work. Deceased never missed the regular weekly prayer meeting when he was well or it was possible for him to be present and the same may be said of preaching service and Sunday school. This is the testimony of his pastor.

His employees loved him, and always felt that they could not do too much for him. He gathered about him young and enterprising men and more than one person who afterwards became a successful business man owes the result to the skillful training he received from his employer, T.J. Foster.

Deceased was very fond of his home, his wife, relatives and friends. He said he was thankful that he was at home during his illness.

Mrs. Foster was greatly affected when her husband's death occurred. She had been under such restraint previously that when his demise took place she was completely prostrated and became delirious. She imagined that she was dying and called for her husband, who, of course, she did not realize was lying cold in death.

Governor Chase and Mr. Foster were bosom friends, and years ago, after the latter had heard Mr. Chase deliver, on one occasion, a funeral discourse with which he was greatly pleased, he expressed a wish to have the governor, who was then plain Parson Chase, deliver the sermon at his (Foster's) funeral.

The funeral will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. from the family residence, Michigan avenue. Governor Chase will officiate, assisted by Rev. E.B. Widger, and the remains will be conveyed to Bowell's cemetery, Rolling Prairie. Mrs. Foster expresses the wish that no flowers be sent to the house.
Source: Daily Herald
, Thursday, July 28, 1892

#21) Miller, John Husband of Senderilla (Bowell), daughter of John & Elizabeth (Carr). He appears in the 1860 census but is not with the family in 1870. Cemetery list shows his year of birth 1816 and death 1865. Based on the year of death, it is probable burial would have been in the Bowell family cemetery.  
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery, Compiled Cemeteries Index Volume 2, page 118

#22) Miller, Senderilla (Bowell) - Daughter of John & Elizabeth (Carr). Born 1827, died 1885. Based on year of death, it is probable burial would have been in the Bowell family cemetery.
Note: Pine Lake Cemetery, Compiled Cemeteries Index Volume 2, page 118

#23) Sharples, Rowena E. (Bowell) – Family burials during this time period (1879) were in the Bowell family burial grounds. It is highly probable that Rowena would have been interred there. “Philip D. Sharples, M.D., was born in Ohio in 1845, the son of David and Priscilla (Demmins) Sharples, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Indiana in 1867. Mr. Sharples located in the village of Rolling Prairie and began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Bowell, and when he had completed his studies he engaged in the practice of medicine, which he continued for five years. He was married in 1877 to Rowie E. Bowell, who died in 1879; she was a daughter of Dr. Bowell. Mr. Sharples is now engaged in the drug trade at Rolling Prairie, and is doing a large business.” Source: History of La Porte County, Chas. C. Chapman, 1880 - page 738. Additional Note: The 1880 census shows P.D. Sharples with a one year old son, Paul. Pine Lake Cemetery List: Sharpless, Rowena, wife of Philip D. and daughter of Bowen C. and Elizabeth Bowell d. May 11, 1879 age 25 yrs, 1 mo., 28 days

#24) Stoner, Infant - Packard’s History, Kankakee Twp., page 47/48 – “In 1835, the first death occurred, it was a child named ________ Stoner, aged 3 weeks. It was buried on A. J. Bowell’s farm.”

Obituaries & Notes

Dr. B. C. Bowell - Death of an Aged Doctor. Dr. B. C. Bowell of LaPorte, age 82 years, father of Coroner Bo Bowell, died this noon of a complication of diseases.
Michigan City News, Michigan City, IN, Wed. 2 Apr. 1902, p. 8. c. 5 Bodies were later moved to Pine Lake Cemetery

Ora H. Bowell - passed away Sunday at his home at Salina, Mich. He lived formerly at Rolling Prairie. He is related to Dr. Bo Bowell,
L. V. Oglesby and others in LaPorte and has a brother Chas. Bowell, in Chicago. He leaves a wife and children.
Michigan City News, Michigan City, IN, Wed. 9 Jan. 1909, p. 4, c. 2

Physical facts on Bowell Cemetery

In SE 1/4, SE 1/4, S2, T37N, RW Bowell cemetery property location.
1862 Map of L. P. Co. land is owned by A.J. Bowell - no cemetery marked
A. C. Bowell also owns land in S4, 9 & 16
A. L. Bowell owns land in S 11
B. C. Bowell owns land in S 3

1876 Atlas of L.P. Co. land is owned by R. J. Bowell - no cemetery marked

1892 Atlas of L. P. Co. land is owned by O. (Orilda Bowell) Drummond - cemetery marked

1907 Atlas of L. P. Co. land is owned by B. F. Birchim - cemetery marked

1921 Atlas of L. P. Co. land is owned by B. F. Birchim - cemetery marked The fact that the cemetery is marked is interesting since
9 graves are recorded moved to Pine Lake Cemetery on 16 Oct. 1917. Donna Nelson on of LaPorte
County researchers found that graves were being moved as late as the 1930's from this cemetery.

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