John H. Fowler
FOWLER, John H., who is successfully engaged in the grocery business in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Blandinsville Township on April 5, 1850. He is a son of Benjamin and Mary (Gordon) Fowler, natives of Kentucky. Benjamin Fowler was a farmer by occupation, and followed farming until 1876, when he retired and moved to Blandinsville, where he lived until his death, December 11, 1886. The mother died August 4. 1894. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the public schools, was reared on the farm, and there assisted his father until 1883, when he bought the grocery business of W. H. McCord. Besides dealing in groceries, fruits and provisions, he operates a farm of 120 acres, situated on Sections 29 and 32, Blandinsville Township.
On October 21, 1877, Mr. Fowler married Amanda George, who was born in Blandinsville, and died September 26, 1880. October 17, 1883, Mr. Fowler married Sarah Markwell, who was born in Kentucky. This union resulted in one child, Lois M., who is a graduate (1906) of the Columbia School of Expression and Oratory, Chicago. Politically, Mr. Fowler is a Democrat. He has served three terms as Supervisor, and has held the office of Township Collector. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the Blandinsville Lodge No. 233, and Blandinsville Chapter No. 208. A. F. & A. M., and with the M. W. of A.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 881, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.