Joseph Edward Bowers (1878 - 1957)

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Joseph Edward Bowers
1878 - 1957
September 21, 1878
Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania United States 16830
July 2, 1957
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon United States
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Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon United States
Joseph Edward Bowers was born on September 21, 1878 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania United States. He was baptized in Clearfield, Pennsylvania United States. He died on July 2, 1957 in Portland, Oregon United States at 78 years old.
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Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon United States
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Joseph Bowers was born on in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania United States 16830
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Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon United States
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Half German and half Scottish

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in Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania United States 16830


Worked on the dams as an Hydrolic Engineer, in Texas, Ma., and at Fort Peck, Montana. That is the places I have found so far.

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Memorial Card- In Memory Joseph E. Bowers born December 1, 1878 Erie, PA. Passed away July 2 1957 Portland, Oregon. Services- The Gable Funeral Home, sunrise Chapel, 225 NE. 80th Ave., Portland, Oregon. July 5, 1957 3:00 pm. Reverend Charles R. Mcdonald, Mt. Tabor Methodist Church, Officiating. Mrs. H.A. Hunderup, Organist. Casket Bearers: Alva Cowan, Dick Hughes, Earl Worthington, Bill Lorenz, Pete Emmet, Louis Worthington. Interment, Lincoln Memorial Park. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of rightiousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The Twenty-third Psalm ***************** Memorial Card is wrong on his birth date apparently, for in his baptismal certificate it states he was born in Clearfield, Pa. not Erie, and it also states he was born 21st of Sep 1878, not in Dec.

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In 1878, in the year that Joseph Edward Bowers was born, on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

In 1895, Joseph was 17 years old when on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1914, he was 36 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1933, at the age of 55 years old, Joseph was alive when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1957, in the year of Joseph Edward Bowers's passing, on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

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