Gene Howe 
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Re: “Charles Bowman — The Legless Key Tag Maker

My Wife, Sharon Bowman Howe, is a grand-daughter of Charles Bowman. We reconnected with the family back in the 1980s and learned from my wife's Grand-mother, Mae and uncles about the life of Charles Sr. He evidently was born in Virginia, Married
Mae Carter from Plains Georgia. He evidently was a 'switchman/brakeman' on the railroad
and lost his first leg falling under a car. At that time he had a wife and 4 children, but
could not get any financial help after his accident. Times were hard, family to feed so he was allowed to come back to his old job, jumping around on the one leg. Within a week,another fall took the other leg. (with both legs, then there was financial help.
Using that Money, he bought a way side overnight cabins and store about four miles
east of Hardy Arkansas. (long hill west of old store, is locally known as 'Bowman Hill')
Old store is still standing across from Ozark Acres. One uncle said that after school, all the family set at benches, using small individual 'punch letters', would then take names from telephone books, putting them on a oval copper plate key fob that then could be attached to house or car keys and if lost, hopefully the finder would 'drop in mailbox' to be returned. The Uncle said Albuquerque New Mexico took a long time to letter. They first
liked to send to Doctors, as they were quick to send back a 'donation'. History almost repeated with my Wife's dad, Robert. He served through out WW2, came home to Des Moines, My wife was born the next year, and about two years later, he was riding a city bus to work, when it was hit by the Chicago-Des Moines-Kansas City Passanger train in Des Moines. He was killed out right. Another grandson of Charles was killed in a motor cycle accident just east of Hardy, When a drunk crossed the center line. Life certainaly
is not fair. Have a Merry CHRISTmas!

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Posted by Gene Howe on 12/21/2011 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Charles Bowman — The Legless Key Tag Maker

From comment by grand-daughter...If someone found ad from 1917...then 1920s
was not right. As for Charles and Thelma, this was one of the sons. As for the
'Jacksonville Florida' comment, I have never heard he lived there, but if accident
happened before 1910, he might have been making artifical limbs.
Sharon Howe 12/11 Have a Merry CHRISTmas!

Posted by Gene Howe on 12/10/2011 at 7:56 PM


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