Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Rev. Beniah B. Bowman, MPP

Male 1886 - 1941  (55 years)


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  • Name Beniah B. Bowman 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix MPP 
    Born 14 Mar 1886  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Interesting politics 
    Occupation 1907  Owen Sound, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite Minister 
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Prescher, Mennonite 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00002-132.444 
    Grave Photograph - Find A Grave Beniah Bowman 
    Died 13 Apr 1941  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I23883  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Dilman S. Bowman,   b. 23 Oct 1862, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1942, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Catharine Baer,   b. 18 Dec 1863, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 27 May 1883  Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F2109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Bedotha Barr,   b. 27 Feb 1887, Campbell Township, Manitoulin District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1907  Long Bay, Manitoulin District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Charles Lloyd Marven Bowman,   b. 3 Apr 1913, Long Bay, Manitoulin District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 2002  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F5880  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary,   b. Feb 1887, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F221970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Mar 1886 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mennonite Minister - 1907 - Owen Sound, Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Prescher, Mennonite - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Apr 1941 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hagey Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Beniah Bowman (March 14, 1886 - April 13, 1941) was an Ontario farmer and political figure. He represented Manitoulin in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1918 to 1926 and Algoma East in the Canadian House of Commons from 1926 to 1930 as a United Farmers member. He was born in Waterloo County, Ontario . He was elected in an 1918 by-election held after the death of Robert Roswell Gamey , becoming the first member of his party to sit in the provincial assembly. He was re-elected in the 1919 provincial election in which the UFO staged an upset victory to form a coalition government with Independent Labour MLAs. Bowman was Minister of Lands and Forests in the provincial cabinet from 1920 to 1923. He broke with the majority of UFO MLAs in Ontario following the 1923 provincial election when what had become known as the Progressive Party chose non-farmer William Edgar Raney as its leader. Instead, he and two other UFO MLAs sat as their own rump caucus, apart from the Progressives. Bowman left provincial politics in 1926 to enter federal politics and was elected as a UFO MP for Algoma East to the Canadian House of Commons . In the 1930 federal election , he ran unsuccessfully for re-election as a Liberal in 1930.

      Wikipedia.org 2010

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      Nuptials

      The home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barr, of Long Bay, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Sept. 1st, when their youngest daughter, Miss Mary B., was united in marriage to the Rev. Mr. Bowman, of Owen Sound, in the presence of about fifty guests.

      At three o'clock the bridal party took their place under a neatly arranged arch of evergreens and flowers, and the bride, who was given away by her father, looked very pretty dressed in white Persian trimmed with lace insertion and wore a knot of bridal wreath flowers in her hair and carried a boquet of white China Asters.The bridesmaid, Miss M. Bowman, sister of the groom, wore a suit of white linen and looked very charming. The groom was able supported by Frank S. Paisley, cousin of the bride. Rev. Mr. Fretz, of Spring Bay, tied the knot.

      After the ceremony the company sat down to a dainty repast prepared by the bride's mother, which everyone enjoyed and did ample justice to.

      After remaining a few days with the bride's parents, the happy couple left Berlin, Hamilton and other points east. The bride's traveling suit was of blue ladies cloth and hat to match.

      Mr. and Mrs. Bowman were the recipient of many beautiful present, chiefly silverware. Everybody joins in wishing the young couple a long and prosperous life.

      The Recorder, Thursday, September 9, 1909

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      Beniah Bowman Dies in Toronto on Easter - Had been Ill for some time
      Head of Dept. of Lands and Forests in the Drury Administration - 1941



      In poor health for some time, Beniah Bowman, who was Minister of Lands and Forests in the U.F.O. Government of Ontario, from 1919 to 1923, died in Toronto on Easter Sunday.

      Mr. Bowman, who had been a resident of Manitoulin Island since 1911, entered politics in 1918 when he was elected to the Ontario Legislature as an independent farmers' candidate at a bye-election. He was again returned to the Legislature in 1919 and was appointed Minister of Lands and Forests under Premier E.C. Drury and held that position till the defeat in the general elections of 1926 when he ran as Liberal candidate for Algoma East.

      Mr. Bowman was of United Empire Loyalist stock, was born in Waterloo County and received his education in the Public schools of Doon and Hespeler. Since 1911 he had been engaged in farming at Long Bay, near Gore Bay, Manitoulin. He was interested in lumbering and fishing industries and was connected with the Blind River Pine Co.

      He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary B. Barr Bowman, and one son, Marven. His funeral was held Tuesday and interment took place at Hagey Cemetery, Preston.

      Through The Years, Vol. VIII, No. 11, September 1991, page 28
      transcribed by Marilyn Irish

  • Sources 
    1. [S146] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Hagey Mennonite CC#5431 Cemetery Internet Link .
      Bowman / Beniah Bowman / 1886-1941 / his beloved wife / Mary Barr / 1887-1969 / in loving memory

    2. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-3 Page 6.

    3. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, birth certificate 36997 (1886), Beniah B. Brown.
      Beniah B Bowman Date of Birth: 14 Mar 1886 Wilmot Township, Gender: Male Birth County: Waterloo Father's name: Dilman S Bowman, farmer of Wilmot, Mother's name: Katharine Baer

    4. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 7.

    5. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 13837 (1907), Bowman-Baer.
      Beniah Bowman, occupation minister of Owen Sound, Age: 23 Estimated birth year: abt 1884 Father Name: Dilman Bowman Mother Name: Catherine Baer, residence Long Bay, Spouse Name: Mary Bedottia Barr Spouse's Age: 22 Spouse Father Name: William Barr Spouse Mother Name: Hannah Fitcher Marriage Date: 1 Sep 1907 Marriage Location: Manitoulin District, Long Bay

    6. [S350] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Daily Record 1919-1947, Obituary of Dilman S. Bowman - 5 Jan 1942.