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Notes for Catherine Margaret Krug Bower

Immigrated 1852 to America


1860 Oswego, Kendall Co., IL
Household #1776/1685
George Bowers, age 34, b. Bavaria
Catherine, age 32, b. Bavaria
John, age 5, b. IL
Henry, age 3, b. IL
Leonard, age 1, b. IL

1870 Oswego, Kendall Co., IL
Household #129/131
George Bower, age 45, farmer, b. Germany
Catharine, age 42, b. Germany
John, age 15, b. IL
Henry, age 13, b. IL
Leonard, age 11, b. IL
George, age 8, b. IL
Frederick, age 7, b. IL
Charley, age 4, b. IL
Louisa, age 1, b. IL

1880 United States Census Oswego, Kendall, Illinois Page Number 404D
Catharine BOWER Wife M Female W 51 BAVARIA Keeping House BAVARIA BAVARIA
Frederick BOWER Son S Male W 18 IL Farmer BAVARIA BAVARIA
George BOWER Son S Male W 18 IL Farmer BAVARIA BAVARIA
Charles BOWER Son S Male W 13 IL At School BAVARIA BAVARIA
Minnie BOWER Dau S Female W 8 IL At School BAVARIA BAVARIA

1900 census Oswego, Kendall Co., IL
George Bower, Jan 1826, age 74, md 48 yrs, Germany/Germany/Germany, imm 1850, in US 50 yrs, Farmer
Catherine, Feb 1828, age 72, md 48 yrs, 1 birth??, 1 surviving??, Germany/Germany/Germany, imm 1852, in US 48 yrs
George M., son, Sept 1861, age 38, IL/Germany/Germany, Farmer
Living next door to married son Frederick Bower, also born Sept 1861, & family

1910 census Oswego, Kendall Co., IL page 307B
George Bower, age 84, md 57 yrs, Germany/Germany/Germany, no immigration date given, Own Income
Catherine, age 82, md 57 yrs, 9 births, 7 surviving, Germany/Germany/Germany, no immigration date given

Families of DU PAGE, GRUNDY, KENDALL and WILL Counties in northeastern Illinois
Entries: 41466 Updated: Fri Mar 21 07:39:29 2003 Contact: John Fishbeck
ID: I07851
Name: Katherine Margaret Krug
Sex: F
Birth: 13 FEB 1828 in Neuses, Bavaria
Death: 23 NOV 1912 in Oswego (KENDALL) Illinois
Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery (KANE) Illinois

Marriage 1 George Martin Bower , Sr b: 18 JAN 1826 in Bavaria
Married: 29 AUG 1852 in KENDALL County Illinois
Christina Bower b: 1 AUG 1853 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
John George Bower b: 5 JUL 1855 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
Henry Bower b: 20 MAY 1857 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
Leonard Bower b: 1859 in KENDALL County Illinois
Frederick "Fred" Bower b: 9 SEP 1861 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
George Martin Bower b: 9 SEP 1861 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
Charles William Bower b: 16 OCT 1865 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
Louise Marie Bower b: 19 FEB 1869 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois
Minnie Sophia Bower b: 25 JUN 1871 in Oswego Township (KENDALL) Illinois message board:
Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois, 1914, page 772
Submitter: Deb Haines
Subject: Bower, Leonard
Message: Bower, Leonard, owner of 160 acres of fertile land in Good Farm Township, has demonstrated in his actual everyday operations the value of intelligent methods as applied to farming. In addition to his home farm, he owns 160 acres which he rents, so that he is one of the heavy landowners of Grundy County. He was born in Kendall County, Ill., in 1859, a son of George and Kate (Krug) Bower, both of whom were born in Bavaria, Germany. While in his native land the father worked as a farm laborer, for a small sum, but after coming to Kendall County he was paid better wages, both at farm work, and in other employment in Aurora. He purchased his first land, amounting to eighty acres, in Kendall County for $1.25 per acre, and developed it into valuable property so that he was able to retire in his declining years, and lives at Oswego, Ill., where his wife died in 1913. They had nine children: Christina, who died in infancy; John; Henry; Leonard; George; Fred; Charley; Louise, who died at the age of two years; and Minnie Hoffenrickter.

Leonard Bower attended the district schools of Kendall County, and when nineteen years old began operating his father’s homestead. After his marriage he and his wife went to Oswego, Ill., but in 1889 came to Grundy County where Mr. Bower has made such a success of his agricultural ventures. In 1885, Mr. Bower was united in marriage with Barbara Burkhardt, a daughter of Frederick and Mary (Frewerth) Burkhardt, who located in Good Farm Township in 1852, and are still living on their homestead on Section 15, that same township. A full history of this pioneer family will be found in the sketch of Andrew Burkhardt. Mr. and Mrs. Bower have had three children: Lora Schroeder, and Alice and Francis, both of whom are at home. The Methodist Church holds Mr. Bower’s membership, and he gives his support to the Republican party. For the past ten years he has been on the school board of his district, and is a man highly respected by all with whom he is brought into contact.