F. JUDSON BOWDEN.
The record of F. Judson Bowden is that of a man who by his own unaided efforts worked his way from a modest beginning
to a position of responsibility and influence in the business world. The efficient and successful manager of the
Lucerne Cream & Butter Company, of Hanford, he was born on a farm in old Virginia, on the 29th day of October,
1885, a son of James and Annie E. (Whitehead) Bowden, farming folk, who came to California in January, 1907, and
engaged in agricultural pursuits. Both are now deceased.
F. Judson Bowden attended the public schools of his native state, and then, ambitious to secure a good education,
he entered William and Mary College, at Williamsburg, Virginia. The family finances were at a low ebb and the young
man had to work his own way through college. In January, 1908, he came to Hanford and during the following sixteen
months he was employed in the packing department of the Lucerne Cream & Butter Company. Not satisfied with
merely common labor, Mr. Bowden went to school in southern California and took a complete business course. Returning
then to Hanford, he was for four months employed as assistant secretary of the Fair Association, then for a while
was with the old Imperial Garage. In January, 1912, he became bookkeeper for the Rosenberg Packing Corporation,
but in the following December he returned to the company with which he is still identified. He served as secretary
of the company until 1917, when his faithfulness and efficiency were nized in his appointment as manager. The Lucerne
Company is the largest creamery in the local field, manufacturing and shipping an enormous amount of butter to
many points over a wide radius of country. Since Mr. Bowden assumed the management of the plant, the equipment
has been modernized throughout and the firm is now in a position to handle all the milk that can be procured locally.
Thirty men are employed and the company enjoys a high standing among the successful business concerns of this community.
No small part of this success has been directly due to the unceasing industry and intelligent direction of Mr.
Bowden, as well as to his personal popularity among the people of the county.
Mr. Bowden was married to Miss Edith Gamble, who was born and reared in Hanford. Her parents were pioneers of this
locality and her father, David Gamble, became a prominent and successful contractor. Mr. and Mrs. Bowden have two
children: Wilma Lee and Judson Gamble.
Mr. Bowden is a democrat in his political views. Fraternally he is a Mason, in which order he has taken all the
degrees of the York Rite, and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, while his local interest is evinced by his activity
in the Kiwanis Club, of which he is president. Anything that promises to be of benefit to the people of his community
finds in Mr. Bowden an ardent supporter. He takes a keen interest in outdoor sports, golf being his favorite recreation.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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