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1940 Who's Who


BONWELL, JOHN: Retired; b Highland Co, Ohio Nov 6, 1842; s of Nathaniel Bonwell-Charity Lowman; ed Highland Co Ohio; Lebanon Ohio Business Acad; Davenport Business Coll; m Mary Ellen Miller Dec 27, 1866 Highland Co Ohio (dec Sept 1918); s John (dec); d Lilly Blanche (dec), Pauline Viola (Mrs H E Jewell), Gertrude C (Mrs Fred Herschel), Leora (Mrs Earl Jewell): prior to 1869 farmed with mother, Ohio; 1869 farmer, Marion Co; farmer & sch tchr, Jasper Co; 1872-86 mcht, Exira; 1876 mcht, Viola Center; ptr in mdse store, Viola Center; int in livestock; int in ins & real est, formerly owner 960 A; 1906-10 mbr Iowa St legislature, regular 32nd & 33rd sessions, chmn Roads & Highway Comm; past mbr Viola Center sch bd; past co supvr 7 years; during Civil War enl Feb 1862 Co F 60th Ohio inf Camp Douglas Chicago Ill, captured, spent time in rebel camp, later paroled, re-enl Co A 176th inf Hillsboro Ohi, tchr at Harpers Ferry, disch June 1865 as 1st sgt, Co A 176th inf; one of 2 remaining Civil War veterans Audubon Co; AF&AM; KT; Meth Ch; Rep; past twp chmn 25 years, del to state Rep conv 12 times; hobbies: travel, reading; res Gray.

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Who's Who in Iowa, by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines: Iowa Press Association, 1940, pg. 65.

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