Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, April 10, 1903
W. D. Bowers Dead – W. D. Bowers, a resident of Canemah, died at his home Sunday night of heart failure. Mr. Bowers leaves six girls and three boys and his wife to mourn his death. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. J. H. Beaver Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Bowers was sixty years old and was born in the state of New York. When the war broke out he enlisted and served his country during the was for a period of four years. Twelve years ago Mr. Bowers moved his family to Oregon and has remained in Canemah ever since. A large number of the leading people of the city attended the funeral and notwithstanding the extreme inclemency of the weather, many followed the remains to Mountain View cemetery where the interment was held.
Oregon City Courier, Friday, April 10, 1903
William Delose Bowers died at his home in Canemah Sunday at the age of 65 years. The cause of his demise was dropsy. He was a Civil war veteran, having enlisted in the regular army at the age of 21 years, and served four years fighting for the flag. At the time of his discharge from service he had attained the honors of a first lieutenant. Mr. Bowers was a native son of New York and emigrated to Oregon about fourteen years ago. Mr. Bowers had been a steadfast member of the Baptist church for the past forty years. A wife and several children survive him. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church, Rev. J. H. Beaven officiating, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Meade Post, assisted by the Women’s Relief Crops and the Sola Circle, W. O. W., and laid to rest in the city cemetery.
Oregon City Enterprise, April 24, 1903
Comrade W. D. Bowers.
It is with feelings of deepest sorrow that we are called upon to announce the death of our late comrade, W. D. Bowers, of Canemah, who died at 11:30 o’clock Sunday evening, April 4.
Mr. Bowers was a member of the Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., Department of Oregon, and as a comrade was held in the highest esteem by every member of the post. We sincerely mourn the great loss we have sustained and deeply sympathize with his family in their bereavement.
Comrade Bowers entered the army as a private in Company G, 14th New York Infantry, in 1861, and took part in all the great battles fought by the Army of the Potomac from Bull Run to Appomattox. Passing through all the non-commissioned grades, he attained the rank of First Lieutenant of his company and in the last year of the great struggle commanded his company in the great battles that ended the war.
Civil War Pension Index: Bowers, William D.
Widow: Bowers, Narcissa A.
Unassd, 93, N. Y. Inf.
2 Lt G 14 N. Y Inf.
1886 Feb 24, Invalid, Application: 563331, Certificate: 426479
1903 May 27, Widow, Application: 758270, Certificate: 574911, Oregon
Name: William D . Bowers
Regiment State/Origin: New York
Regiment: 14th Regiment, New York Infantry
Rank In: Sergeant
Rank Out: Lieutenant
Film Number: M551 roll 13
Name: William D Bowers
Residence: Rome, New York
Age at Enlistment: 22
Enlistment Date: 2 May 1861
Rank at enlistment: 1st Sergeant
Enlistment Place: Rome, New York
State Served: New York
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company G, New York 14th Infantry Regiment on 17 May 1861. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 20 Jul 1862. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 06 Feb 1862. Mustered out on 24 May 1863 at Utica, NY.
Birth Date: abt 1839
Death Date: 5 Apr 1903
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General, Research by Harold Slavik