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Samuel G. and Maude Bowlby Oral History Transcript
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Marcia Caudell, March, 2012
Samuel Garfield Bowlby, son of Wilson D. and Mary Garvin Bowlby, was born in Muscatine, Iowa on September 16, 1881. He attended school through the ninth grade, and then went to work at a button factory in Muscatine
Maude Bowlby, the daughter of Anthony Gorman and Delia Cunningham Gorman Bartlett, was born in Andalusia, Illinois on December 8, 1884, moving to Muscatine as a child. She was raised by her grandparents, Thomas and Cordelia Cunningham, and graduated from Muscatine High School in 1903. The couple married on June 24, 1903 in Rock Island Illinois and had eleven children, Ralph, Ruth, Bernard, W. Donald, Iona, Samuel, M. Cordelia, Damon, Paul, Joyce and Ann.
In 1912, Sam and Martha moved to Wabash Indiana to operate a button factory for the Iowa company, which later became the Wabash Button Company. In the 1920s, Sam Bowlby bought a truck and operated a local delivery service in Wabash until 1945, when they moved to a farm in Owen County. Sam Bowlby died March 25, 1974 and Maude died September 27, 1974.
Oral History Transcript, November 29, 1972
Wabash Plain Dealer, March 22, 1974, and September 27, 1974
Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. March 2012. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com
This collection contains a transcript of an oral history tape made with George Dingledy, Wabash Carnegie Public Library on November 29,1972. The Bowlby's talk about the parents and grandparents, growing up in the 1880s and 1890s. They discuss working for the button factory; gathering mussels from the Wabash River, cutting shells from the mussels to make buttons, and working as foreman. They have brief discussions of the 1913 flood in Wabash, and living through the Great Depression.
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November 29, 1972 Transcript
Size of Collection: 1 transcript
Collection Dates: 1880s-1972
Provenance: Wabash Carnegie Public Library
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Wabash Carnegie Public Library and the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
MA BA 6-10-2013