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            In the business and public life of Vista, Mr. and Mrs. Homer C. Bowman figure prominently, the former as a dealer in real estate and insurance and the latter as postmistress.  Of colonial stock, both are descended from Revolutionary ancestors, whose families were early settlers in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts.  Homer C. Bowman was born in Underhill, Vermont, January 9, 1860, a son of Thomas E. and Mary E. (Burleson) Bowman.  He was but two years old when his mother died and the father, long surviving her, passed away in May, 1896.

            Homer C. Bowman pursued his education in the schools of Massachusetts and when a young man of nineteen started for the west, arriving in Topeka, Kansas, in 1879.  On the 18th of August, 1885, he was married to Miss Isabelle S. Murdock, a daughter of George L. and Anna Frances (Peck) Murdock, the former a native of West Boylston, a suburb of Boston, and the latter a member of an old family of Rhode Island.  Mr. Murdock’s death occurred at La Jolla, California, and his wife passed away at Vista.

            Mr. and Mrs. Bowman came to California in 1912 and two years later established their home in Vista, San Diego County.  Many real estate deals of importance have been consummated through his agency and he also writes insurance of all kinds.  He has an intimate knowledge of the worth of all local property that is on the market and manifests sound judgment in the conduct of his business.  His connection with the sanitary board of this district is that of assessor and formerly he was a justice of the peace for three years.  Mrs. Bowman has capably discharged the duties of postmistress for four years and during that period this has risen from a fourth class to a second class office.  The rapid growth of the mail service here is largely due to the fact that this district is particularly adapted to the growing of avocados and citrus fruits and has a most desirable class of residents.

            Mr. and Mrs. Bowman became the parents of two sons but Thomas E., born in 1886, is deceased.  Enlisting in the United States Army at the time of the World War, he became ill while in the service of his country and died in 1918 following an operation in a hospital.  The other son, Dr. Karl M. Bowman, was graduated from Washburn College, of Topeka, Kansas, and received the M. D. degree from the University of California.  He served in a British hospital before this country declared war against Germany and then transferred into the medical corps of the United States Army.  He is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and chief medical officer of the Boston Psychopathic Hospital.  In 1916 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Stearns, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and they reside in the city of Boston.  They have four children:  Richard Stearns, Thomas Elliott, Murdock Stearns and Walter Murdock Bowman, aged respectively fifteen, thirteen, ten and six years.

            Homer C. Bowman is a Mason and his wife belongs to Oceanside Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Vista Garden Club, and to the local Woman’s Club, which she has represented as president for five years.  Mr. and Mrs. Bowman can always be counted upon in the furtherance of measures for the general good and both are highly respected in the community which has been their home for nearly twenty years.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 245-246, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  V. Gerald Iaquinta.