John B. Fowler, Early settlements were made in Rock Island County because of its location with relation to the Mississippi river. In pioneer days, when railroads had not yet bisected the country, the water courses were the highways of commerce, and of course the Mississippi was chief among them all. While many located along the river front here, much of the land further back remained undeveloped for years, and it fell to the lot of the sturdy agriculturists who came a little later on to bring it under the plow. One of the men counted among the early settlers here is John B. Fowler of Buffalo Prairie Township. He was born in Kentucky, June 10, 1837, a son of Charles and Nancy Fowler, also natives of Kentucky. The father was a carpenter by trade, who moved to New Berlin, Ill, in 1837, when John B. was six weeks old. In 1848, the father went to Muscatine, Iowa, but died at Walton, Ill., when seventy-nine years old. After the death of his first wife he married Nancy Palmer. By his first marriage he had the following children: William H., who died young, Amanda, who also died young; Becky, who is Mrs. Robert Lindsay; James; and John B. By his second marriage he had one son, Charles, who is now of Colorado.
John B. Fowler was educated in the common schools of Muscatine. He grew up on the home farm and has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits. In conjunction with his farming he has been an extensive wood chopper, furnishing a large amount of cord wood. His property shows the result of years of hard work and is very valuable. John B. Fowler was married at Illinois City, Ill, to Margaret Ann Briggs, a daughter of Oscar and Sarah Ann (Kreler) Briggs. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler became the parents of children as follows: John, who is of Henry county, Ill.; Charles, who is of Muscatine, Iowa; Becky Ann, who is of Greene county, Iowa, married John Snively; William, who is of Henry county, Ill.; Frank, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work; and Teat of Muscatine County, Iowa. John B. Fowler has been a resident of his present farm for half a century. For many years he has been a consistent member of the Methodist church. In politics he is a democrat. Always hard-working, thrifty and a good manager, he has accumulated a valuable property, and at the same time endeared himself to this associates and family.
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