Location: Osceola Iowa

Biography of Z. A. Johnson

It is generally considered by those in the habit of super-ficial thinking that the history of so-called great men only is worthy of preservation, and that little merit exists among the masses to call forth the praise of the historian or the cheers and appreciation of mankind. A greater mistake was never made. No man is great in all things,and very few are great in many things. Many, by a lucky stroke, achieve lasting fame, who before that had no reputation beyond the limits of their neighborhood. It is not a history of the lucky stroke which benefits humanity most, but the long study and effort which made the lucky stroke possible. It is the preliminary work-the method -that serves as a guide for the success of others. Thus it appears that the lives of the masses out of which come the men who control the world, will furnish the grandest, truest lesson for the benefit of humanity. Among the successful and popular business men of Ozark, stands Z. A. Johnson, who is a member of the well-known grocery establishment of Wolff & Johnson. He was originally from the Hoosier State, born in Owen County February 16, 1851, and is a son of J. S.and Hannah (Dean) Johnson, natives of Indiana and Ohio, respectively. His grandparents on both sides came originally from Virginia, where they were among the prominent...

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Stover, Mary Ellen Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Mary Ellen Stover, widow of the late Henry Stover, and one of the first settlers in Pendleton, died here yesterday [October 18, 1936]. She was born in Osceola, Iowa, July 28, 1854, and came West with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bowman and a brother, William, by ox team in 1860. They camped at the mouth of Tutuilla, August 21, 1860. The father, with Fred De Shields, went to what is now Lee’s crossing and then staked out a claim on Birch Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Stover were married on November 14, 1871. She is survived by two children, C. H. Stover of Ridgefield and Ed Stover of Vancouver, Wash.; two brothers, William Bowman and W. S. Bowman of Pendleton. She was a charter member of the Rebekah Lodge. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the Folsom Chapel with Rev. Hunter of the Pentecostal Church officiating. Pal bearers will be Ed Suiste, Will Daniel, Frank Frazier, Norborne Berkeley, Sr., J. B. Perry and Kenneth McRae. The Rebekahs will have charge of the funeral. [Interment at Olney Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Oliver Purl – Obituary

Purl Bowman prominent pioneer of Umatilla County and well known throughout this section of the state, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital Saturday, August 5 [1939] at 4:15 p.m., after an illness of three weeks. Mr. Bowman was born February 15, 1862, at Osceola, Ia. and when a baby of only six weeks left St. Louis, Mo., with his parents for the west. His family had resided at Osceola before starting the long trek across the plains in a train of 105 wagons. The Bowman’s arrived in Umatilla County on October 17, 1862, just two days more than eight months after Purl’s birth. They settled at Lower Birch Creek, living there for ten years before moving to Pendleton. At the age of 14 years, he started freighting with his father, later running sheep for a few years. When 18 years old, he began farming with Jim Jacobs on the old Chief Peo place on Tutuilla and a short time later bought out Mr. Jacob’s interests. Mr. Bowman was very successful as a farmer and wool grower, expanding his holdings extensively. About 1900 he purchased the lot and building which was then known as the old Bowman House. It was burned to the ground a few years after that and then replaced by the present brick building, known as the Bowman Hotel. [Hotel still stands.] Up to his last illness,...

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