Earl Talmadge Bowen

1897

Earl Talmadge was born November 22, 1897 in Blaney, Kershaw County, South Carolina, a son of Earl Hampden Bowen and Annie Bailey Bowen.

1900 Census Information:

According to the 1900 United States Census recorded on June 8, 1900, Earl Bowin (30) owned a farm in Wateree Township, Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife of 3 years, Annie Bowin (26). Also in home were their children; Tallmage Bowin (3), Carrah Bowin (2), and Christine Bowin (5 months old). It was reported at all family members were born in South Carolina. Earl Bowin’s occupation was in farming.

1910 Census Information:

According to the 1910 United States Census recorded on April 19, 1910, Earl H Bowen (39) owned a farm in Wateree Township, Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife of 13 years, Annie L Bowen (36). She reported that she was the mother of 4 children all of which were still living. Also in home were their children; Talmadge E Bowen (12), Caroll Bowen (11), Christine Bowen (10) and Mildred Bowen (4). It was reported at all family members were born in South Carolina. Earl H Bowen’s occupation was a farmer on a general farm.

1918

On September 12, 1918, Earle Talmage Bowen, 20, completed his registration card for the Draft Registration of 1917-1918, giving his permanent address as Rt 1, Blaney, Kershaw County, South Carolina. Declaring that November 22, 1897 was his date of birth, a white native born male. His employer was S. A. J. C. at University of South Carolina in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina. He listed his father as his nearest relative, Earl H. Bowen, of Rt 1, Blaney, Kershaw County, South Carolina. He was described as medium in height, medium in build, grey eyes, and brown hair.

1930 Census Information:

According to the 1930 United States Census recorded on May 9th, 1930, Talmage E Bowen (32) rented a home in Blaney, Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife Sarah I Bowen (35). They reported having been married when he was 26 and she was 27. Also in home was their daughter, Sarah C Bowen (4); adopted son, Heyward Keels (13), and his mother, Annie L Bowen (56). It was reported at all family members were born in South Carolina. Talmage E Bowen’s occupation was a farmer on a general farm.

1930

On December 21, 1930, Mr. E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “Blaney.”

1940 Census Information:

According to the 1940 United States Census recorded on May 5, 1940, Earl Talmadge Bowen (42) owned a home in Blaney, Kershaw County, South Carolina, with whom he shared with his wife Sally Poovy Bowen (43). Also in home was their daughter, Sarah Bowen (14) and mother, Annie Bailey Bowen (68). It was reported at all family members were born in South Carolina. Earl Talmadge Bowen was a manager for a lumber company while Sarah Poovy Bowen kept house,Sarah Bowen was a student and  Annie Bailey Bowen was unable to work.

1942

On April 19, 1942, Mr. E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article, “Miss Sarah Bowen.”

1948

On January 10, 1948, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article, “New Companies Get Charters.”

1951

After the death of his wife, Sally Poovy Bowen, who passed away in 1951, Earl then married Jean Starnes Bowen.

On December 18, 1951, E. Tallmadge Bowem was listed in the newspaper article “Demurrer Sustained in Camden Case.

1958

On August 30, 1958, Earl Talmadge Bowen was listed as the living son in the obituary of Mrs. Annie Bailey Bowen.

On September 17, 1958, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “County ASC Election Held at Kershaw.”

On September 17, 1958, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “Community Workers are Named.”

1959

On October 23, 1959, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “112 Persons Receive Life Memberships In State Agricultural, Mechanical Society.”

1961

On September 1, 1961, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “First Kershaw Cotton of 1961 Ginned Friday.

1962

On October 10, 1962, E. T. Bowen was listed in the newspaper article “Blaney OK’s Name Change to Elgin.”

1976

ELGIN – Funeral Services for Earl Talmadge Bowen were held today, September 27, 1976.

Mr. Bowen, farmer, lumberman and former member of the S. C. House of Representative, died Saturday, September 25, 1976

He was owner of Farmers Supply Co. Inc., the E. T. Bowen Gin and Blaney Lumber Co.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jean Starnes Bowen; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Zorn and Mrs. Christine Thomas of Elgin; and a daughter, Mrs. Charles Emanuel of Elgin.

Mr. Bowen’s first wife was the late Mrs. Sarah “Sally” Bowen.

Born in Blaney, he was a son of the late Earl H. Bowen and Annie Bailey Bowen. He attended Wofford College and the University of South Carolina, where he studied law.

He was a former trustee of the Blaney School district and served on the Kershaw County Board of Directors. From 1932 until 1934 he was a member of the S. C. House. He was a member of New Camden Hospital board of trustees from 1954 through October, 1975.

He was given special notice by the Soil Conservation Service in 1953 and 1954 and received a certificate of merit from SCS in 1958 for work in creating ponds and conserving water in rural areas.

Memorials may be made to Salem Methodist Church building fund.

Obituary Inforamtion:

September 27, 1976  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
Page 52
September 27, 1976  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
Page 22

Tombstone Information:

Located in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Suz Enz

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