"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
JOSEPH BOWEN, owner and proprietor of a general store at Hardin, O., where he has been established for twenty-five years, is a representative citizen of Shelby county and is a veteran of the great Civil war. He was born in Clermont county, O., December 12, 1844, and is a son of dark and Elishaba (Godfrey) Bowen.
Clark Bowen came from New England, being a native of Rhode Island, a farmer through life and a man of sterling character. His wife was born in Ohio to which state her people had come from New Jersey, where the name of Godfrey is still borne by well-known people. To Clark Bowen and his wife the following children were born: Eliza Ann, who married John Price; Joseph; and Ella, who was married first to G. M. Meyers and after his death to Samuel Lawyer.
Joseph Bowen attended the district schools in his neighborhood during the winter seasons, until he was fifteen years old, when he went to Sharonsville, in Hamilton county, where he was a clerk in a general store and was still there in 1862, when he decided to become a soldier. He enlisted for service on August 16, 1862, in Company E, Eighty-third Ohio Vol. Inf., and remained until his honorable discharge in 1865. For about eight months after the close of the war, Mr. Bowen visited among his relatives, recuperating from his years of hardships, and in that way came to Shelby county, where he became interested in farming and continued until the fall of 1871, when he started into the store and grain business at Hardin Station, in partnership with Isaac Betts. They continued for two years when Mr. Bowen sold his interest and went into the grocery business at Lockington, O. In 1887 he purchased his present store at Hardin and the place thereby gained a valuable citizen who has been active in promoting its advancement and welfare ever since.
On September 8, 1868, Mr. Bowen was married to Miss Christina E. Strate, who was born in Germany, a daughter of Adolphus Strate, who was a brickmaker by trade. The Strate family consisted of four children; Carrie, wife of John Hick: Christina E., Mrs. Bowen: William;. and Louisa, Mrs. Tyson. To Mr. and Mrs. Bowen the following children were born: William H., who married Nancy Malcolm; James; Mabel, who is the wife of Frederick Cole; Bonnie, who married Dan Ellsner; Maude; Mary, who died in July, 1911, and Clark. The family of Mr. Bowen belong to the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically he is a republican and he is identified with the G. A. R. at Sidney, O.