William Alexander FOWLER
Notes for WILLIAM FOWLER:
"William Fowler left a memorial to himself that probably few residents are aware of. On 12 day of May 1875 William Fowler and wife Ester E. Fowler, "In consideration of 25$ conveyed to Oneida township for graveyard purposes. One acre in the NW corner of the NE quarter of Section 20 twp 84, range 13 West of 5th P.M.
With them [William and wife] lived Stephen Rustin operating a threshing machine for Fowler during the harvest season. It was said Fowler was an easy-going fellow."
Notes for MATILDA FOWLER:
Matilda "...has had a very eventful life. Having married at the age of 14, and the following May she and her husband and a good many other families started across the 'plains' as it was then called, for California. There were fifty-six ox teams composing the 'train.' They arrived in California just before Christmas. Her first child was born, died and buried somewhere east of the Rocky mountains. Her story of their hardships on the road, their dread of savage Indians, who were always watching them, and of her life in wild, lawless California from 1850 to 1860 is more like romance than reality. Her husband was a veteran of the civil war and died soon after his discharge.
They found no gold in California after some ten years there they joined a wagon train of 40 wagons and started their journey east. The Fowlers came to Farnhamville with their families in the large covered wagon and stayed here. The wagon was parked in the alley back of the now Russell Gray home - 440 - Hardin where it stood for many years until it rotted away."