James P. Fowler, Whose fine grain and stock farm in located in Drury Township, Rock Island County, was born on this farm June 3, 1862, a son of Daniel and Mary Ann (James) Fowler.  Daniel Fowler was born at Leeds, England, September 24, 1816, and died in Drury Township, Rock Island County, May 29, 1894.  He was married September 11, 1836, at Lady Lane church, Leeds, England, to Mary Ann James, who was born in Yorkshire, England, May 1, 1817, and died September 19, 1888, and both she and husband rest in St. Mary’s Catholic Church cemetery at Muscatine, Ia.  Seven children were born to them in England and four after arriving in America, which country they reached in 1853.  Mr. Fowler found work at his trade of machinist at Walker’s Mills, near Philadelphia, Pa., and he and his family lived there for one year and then moved to Davenport, Iowa, and one year afterward came to Rock Island County.  Here Daniel Fowler bought 160 acres of land on section 27, in Drury Township, and moved his family on this farm.  Later he bought eighty additional acres in section 34, after making all the improvements on the other tract and clearing all but four acres.  The children born to Daniel and Mary Ann Fowler were as follows: Joseph, who was born September 3, 1837, died aged one year, and was buried in England; Johanna, who was born August 22, 1839, became  Mrs. Richard Stanley, died February 14, 1875, and was buried in the Illinois City cemetery; John, who was born September 3, 1842, died in England, in 1843; Thomas J., who was born April 14, 1844, lives in Drury township; Joseph John, who was born July 19, 1846, died November 25, 1911, and is buried in AltaVista cemetery, Daviess county, Mo.; Mary Elizabeth, who was born March 18, 1849, is now Mrs. John McDevitt, and lives at Red Oak, Iowa; Victoria Louise, who was born June 3, 1852, died October 17, 1867, and her burial was at Muscatine, Iowa; Frances Sarah, who was born June 25, 1859, died October 19, 1867; James P.; Daniel, who lives at Davenport, Iowa; and Catherine Martha, who was born May 6, 1864, lives in Drury township.

     James P. Fowler obtained a district school education and afterward worked for his father on the home farm.  After the latter’s death he bought 120 acres of the homestead which he bought 120 acres of the homestead which he devotes to general farming and stock raising, buying and selling cattle and hogs and raising fine cattle, making a specialty of the Polled Angus black cattle.  In politics Mr. Fowler is a republican and is serving in his second year as supervisor.  He is identified with the Masonic fraternity.

Transcribed by Denise Border

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