History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1884

Jonas Bowers Biography

Jonas Bowers, pier contractor and builder, Erie, was born May 8, 1830, in Erie Co., and is a sop of John Bowers (deceased), a carpenter and joiner, who settled here about 1804. Mr. Bowers was reared to his business, and has been successfully connected in the building of the public docks and other city improvements.

He was married in 1854 to Helen Dunlap, a daughter of James Dunlap, contractor and pioneer of Erie Co. To this union have been born four children - George, a builder; Frank, a student; Hattie, wife of S. Sullivan, in the dairy business in Erie; Mary, wife of J. Culva, in the oil business here.

Our subject is an active member of the A.O.U.W., and has done much toward the development of the city; his father's family consists of Jonas; Isaac, a carpenter; Jane, wife of Martin Mellinger, an engineer on the river at Pittsburgh, Penn.

Source: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania; City of Erie; Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co.; 1884

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