Edwin Thomas Bowman

Mr. E. T. Bowman was born September 17, 1857 in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. He came to Florida in 1879 and was one of the early settlers in Crystal River. He was industrious in clearing land and planting orange groves until the devastating freeze. Afterwards Mr. Bowman embarked in the mercantile business finding it a satisfactory and successful enterprise. For several years he was considered the leading fish and oyster dealer and in 1901 he began erecting two new fish houses. By 1902 he was back into the business as a fish dealer. He served several terms as Mayor of Crystal River. He died March 13, 1947 in Crystal River and is buried next to his wife in the Crystal River Cemetery.  

Source: Ocala Banner, Ocala Evening Star and Crystal River newspapers along with ancestry.com.

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