Subject: Mrs. Bowers
Source: St. Joseph Daily Morning Herald, 8 February 1876, p. 4
On Sunday at about a quarter past twelve o'clock, Mrs. Bowers, who resided on the corner of Twelfth and Sacramento streets, fell dead while setting the table. She was picked up almost instantly after falling, but life had apparently departed. Drs. Doyle and Bertram were called in, and they thought it was either heart disease or appoplexy [sic], but were inclined to pronounce it heart disease.
The folks in the house where she resided state that for the past six months at the least, she had been in perfect health and had never complained of anything like heart disease, and that on the morning of the day on which she died, she got up rather early and seemed to be in a more than usual good mood.
Mrs. Bowers was past forty-nine and was born in Kentucky. She has resided in St. Joseph for the past sixteen years. Her husband, William Bowers, died some two years since with consumption. She leaves two daughters—Laura and Ophelia, to mourn her loss. She has a brother in Atchison and one in Denver, the former a trader, and the latter a prominent banker. She also has a sister, Mrs. Singleton, in this city.
The funeral was to have taken place at two o'clock yesterday, but after the carriages had all arrived at the residence, it was deemed best to keep her over one day, as it was thought that life was not as yet extinct. Accordingly a council of doctors was held, and the body will not be buried until to-day.
The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock. The body will be conveyed to the Cathedral where services will be held and the body will be conveyed to the Catholic burying ground.