Biography of John F. Dowe
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JOHN F. DOWE.
Few men are more prominent or more widely known in Defiance county than John F. Dowel, of Bninersburg, who for two terms most acceptably served as treasurer of the county. He is public spirited, and thoroughly interested in whatever tends to promote the moral, intellectual and material welfare of the community. He has been an important factor in political circles. and his popularity is well deserved.

One of Defiance county's native sons, Mr. Dowe was born in the village of Brunersburg, Noble township, February 21, 1851. His father, John Dowel, Sr., was born in Baden, Germany. and when a young man came to the New World. In Defiance county he married Miss Barbara Speaker, also a native of Germany. and during most of their married life they lived in Noble township, where both died, the father at the age of sixty six years, the mother at the age of seventy four. Our subject is third in the order of birth in their family of six children - three sons and three daughters.

John F. Dowe was reared in Bninersburg, receiving a good common school education, which has well fitted him for the responsible duties of life. Farming has been his principal occupation. and he is now the owner of a well improved and highly cultivated farm of one hundred and fifty acres in Noble township, which he successfully operates. He was married in Bninersburg to Miss Etta Hilton, a native of Noble township, who died in 1878, after a short married life of three years. In April, 1883, he was again married, his second union being with Miss Ella Koons, also a native of Defiance county, by whom he has six children, namely: Florence, Pearl, Carrie, Charlie, Beatrice and Vernie.

Since attaining his majority Mr. Dowe has taken an active and influential part in local politics; has filled the offices of clerk of Noble township and assessor for several terms; has been prominently identified with educational affairs, and for two terms he served as treasurer of Defiance county with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the general public. His loyalty as a citizen, and his devotion to his county's interests, have been among his marked characteristics, and the community is fortunate that numbers him among its citizens.

From:
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1899


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