B. F. Dow, merchant, was born in the State of Maine, January 13, 1845. Removed to Wisconsin in November 1853. Enlisted in the Union army February 22, 1864, in Company K, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry; discharged June 26, 1866. After he returned to Wisconsin, came to Jewell County, Kan., in September 1871, and took a homestead. Engaged in merchandising in the town of Omio, February 11, 1879. Built a stone store building, 20×40 feet, in 1880, and is now carrying a stock of general merchandise. Was married in Chilton, Wisconsin, on the 7th day of June 1870.