Whitney Earl Bowman

December 9, 1902 - December 11, 1902

The Clark County records indicate that Whitney E. Bowman was born in York Township on December 9, 1902 as a son to Harvey (Harry) and Lillian (nee Warner) Bowman.  In addition, the records indicate that he died in York Township on December 11, 1902 and was buried at York Center.  His mother was a daughter of Whitney William and Mary (nee Wareham) Warner, early settlers of York.  She married Harry Bowman on November 28, 1901 at the York Center Methodist Church.  He was born in Sherman Township, a son of Earl D. and Mary (nee Lawrence) Bowman. [i] 

The obituary for Whitney W. Warner from the 31 July 1930 issue of The Loyal Tribune indicates that W.W. Warner was born 27 July 1848 in Jamestown (Long Island), New York.  At the age of 15, he became a sailor and sailed in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.  In 1870, he married Mary J. Wareham of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  After being married, they farmed in Sheboygan County initially and then came to Clark County.  The 1880 Census for York Township, Clark County, Wisconsin lists a W.W. (31) and Mary (30) Warner living with their daughter, Lillian (3) and son, Shirley (1).  Therefore, the Warner family must have moved to Clark County sometime in the 1870s.

The obituary for Mary Bowman from the 1 January 1925 issue of The Loyal Tribune indicates that the Earl and Mary Bowman came to Clark County in approximately 1874.  The 1880 Federal Census for Clark County shows that the Earl Bowman family lived in Sherman Township.  The 1900 and 1910 Census show that they lived in Loyal Township. 

Both the 1910 Census and the 1920 Census for York Township, Clark County, Wisconsin show that Harry and Lillian Bowman lived with their children in York Township.  However, the 1 January 1925 obituary for Mary Bowman says that Harry A. Bowman lived in Spokane, Washington.  This implies that the Harry Bowman family must have move from York Township to Washington State sometime in the early 1920s.

The grave for Whitney Bowman is not marked so its exact location is not confirmed.  However, it is very likely that he is buried in one of the plots owned by his parents, Harry and Lillian Bowman.  Dorothy Warner, the young daughter of his uncle and aunt, Harold and Gertrude Warner, is also believed to be buried in one of those same plots.


[i] State Historical Society of Wisconsin Marriage Records, Volume 2, Page 337, Clark County




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