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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Mrs. J. M. Bowman,   pp. 167-169 PDF (609.3 KB)


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son who lost everything in that fire appealed to my
mother for help and came to our home. She said: "What
can I do with the talents I am endowed with to make a
living?"
   Through my mother's acquaintance with Governor
C. C. Washburn she interested him in this young woman.
She was sent to Paris to study, aided by E. B. Wash-
burn, brother of Governor Washburn, then Minister to
France. My mother was very happy in aiding this young
woman of 20 because of the latter's great success.
Blanche Roosevelt Tucker, a cousin of President Theo-
dore Roosevelt, and formerly of LaCrosse, Wisconsin,
was her name.
    She made her debut in Opera at Convent Garden,
London, in May, 1876, just two years from the day she
landed in Europe. The wedding of the prince of musical
artists, Ole Bull, of Norway, to Sarah C., the fair daugh-
ter of the Hon. J. G. Thorp, was celebrated by a recep-
tion at their residence in 1870. My father and mother
attended this, and said it was one of the most beautiful
parties ever given in Madison. The J. G. Thorp home,
now the executive residence, is situated on the banks of
Lake Mendota, on East Gilman Street.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bowman were early members of the
Madison Literary Society which draws for its speakers
from our distinguished University, and she was a charter
member of Mrs. Sheldon's Monday Afternoon History
Class, composed of Madison's leading women, and a
charter member also of the Woman's Club of Madison.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bowman were very hospitable and gave
 a great many delightful parties, as clippings in their
 scrapbook proclaim.
    They had four children, one a daughter, Rose, died
 in infancy. The others, John Henry Bowman, a lawyer,
 Dr. Frank Favill Bowman, and Mrs. Cornelius A. Har-
 per, together with their families, all reside in Madison.
            (Signed) Elizabeth Bowman Harper,
     Past Regent of John Bell Chapter, D. A. R. , Aug-
 ust, 1924.
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