R. B. Bowers was born in Carter County, Tenn., December 20, 1857, his parents being A. N. and Mary (Ellis) Bowers, who came to Morgan County, Mo., in 1859, and settled southwest of Versailles, thence to Little Buffalo, and from there to the farm on which the mother is now residing. A. N. Bowers was a Baptist minister, and was very actively engaged in following his calling until his death, which occurred in July, 1822. R. B. Bowers is one of fourteen children (nine sons and five daughters), and until he was twenty-two years old resided with his parents, and had the management of the home farm during his father's absence at Eureka Springs in search of health. He afterward bought the farm of eighty acres where he now resides, and has between fifty and sixty acres under cultivation, on which he has made good improvements, erecting a new house and barn. He was married March 22, 1885, to Miss Mary Jones, a daughter of C. H. and Sarah A. (Clark) Jones, by whom he has two interesting children: Thomas Elwyn. born February 19, 1886, and Nellie Edna, born October 30, 1887. He and Mrs. Bowers are consistent members of the Baptist Church.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.