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Subject: [BOWLES] Rev. Ada C. Bowles, PA & MA, ca. 1850+
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 01:14:15 -0800

This one came to me yesterday, so when I asked Sharon Pike
() for her permission to forward it to
the Bowles list, I also asked her if she could tell me anything about
the Rev. Ada C. Bowles, who I'd never heard of before.
Sharon scanned a copy of a newspaper column, which you see
below. If anyone on our list is related to Rev. Bowles, perhaps they
can tell us more about her and her family.

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Subject: [MERIWETHER] Elizabeth Avery Meriwether addresses Woman Suffrage

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The Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts)
May 28, 1881

The Boston Meeting
Boston, May 27-
The second day of the national woman suffrage convention opened with
a prayer by Rev. Ada C. Bowles. Miss Anthony then presented a series
of resolutions as a platform of the convention . . .

The final deliberative sessions of the Woman's Suffrage Association
was held this evening. Addresses were made by Mrs. Mary Wright
Sewall, Mrs. Elizabeth Avery Meriweather of Memphis, Miss Elizabeth
Sexton of New Orleans, with final remarks by President Stanton.
Resolutions declaring that women should be allowed to vote on the
woman suffrage amendments pending in Oregon, Nebraska and Indiana
were adopted, and the convention adjourned for one year.

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An American Woman Who Has Dared to Preach
[Special Correspondence]
CHICAGO, Nov. 7.-The Rev. Ada C. Bowles comes from the sturdy stock
of New England, which gave to the republic its educational system.
She was born in Gloucester, Mass., in 1836. She grew up with a
passionate fondness for the sea and is, as she has always been,
equally at home either in or on the
water. She is an expert swimmer, and her undaunted courage and rare
presence of mind have enabled her upon different occasions to rescue
persons from drowning.

Nature gave her a sound mind in a sound body, and her early life
among the rocks of Cape Ann gave her the well balanced physical
development which resulted in a perfectly healthy womanhood.
Acquiring rapidly and with ease all that was taught in the public
schools of Gloucester she was yet wholly unsatisfied with her
attainments and pushed forward with different studies by herself. At
the age of 15 she began to teach in the public schools. She continued
in this vocation until she was 22, employing, meanwhile, such leisure
as she could command in study and in writing for the press. She then
a popular clergyman, Rev. B. F. Bowles, pastor of the Universalist
church, at Melrose, Mass.
Altbough by this marriage she became the stepmother of three children
and later the mother of three more, she still fonnd time for a
variety of church work, including teaching an adult Bible class. Her
success with this class led her to deeper theological study, under
the direction of her husband. Mr. Bowles is a man who recognizes in
his wife a talented human being, possessed of ability if not
identical, at least equal with his own. He desired that his wife
should be in all things his companion, and after having given her a
thorough course in theology, he encouraged her to preach the gospel,
which she had long felt called to declare.

She began in 1869 by supplying vacant pulpits in New England. In
1872 she was licensed to preach, and in a short time she was called
to the Universalist church at Easton, Pa. While she was pastor or
the church at Easton her husband had charge of the Church of the
Restoration in Philadelphia. Mrs. Bowles was regularly ordained in
1874, and since has preached and lectured in most of the large cities
of the United States.
At present Mrs. Bowles is the non-resident pastor of the
Universalist church at East Gloucester, Mass., while her husband has
charge of the Universalist church at Abingdon, in the same state. In
addition to her ministerial duties she lectures in various parts of
the country under the auspices of the Women's
Christian Temperance union, in which organization she has charge of
the department of scientific temperance. She is also the national
lecturer of the American Suffrage association.
In addition to all these duties Mrs. Bowles still finds time to be a
notable housekeeper, and is ever a cheery, affectionate wife and
mother. One of her family asserts that her sense of humor and
unfailing good spirits are a constant source of brightness in the
household. Indeed, so well ordered is her home that among her friends
and coworkers she is known as the "model housekeeper." One of her
most popular lectures is "Strong Minded Housekeeping," which is an
embodiment of her own experience.
Mrs. Bowles is possessed of remarkable mechanical dexterity and
handles a hammer and saw as cleverly as a rolling pin. She is small
of stature, with a strong, magnetic face and soft curling iron gray
hair. She is lithe and full of nervous energy, and in speaking is not
only enthusiastic and eloquent, but is clear and logical, with an
intense sincerity which appeals to the convictions. In listening to
her one can but feel that the opinions she utters have been a light
to her own steps.
Mrs. Bowles is very popular, and is always sure of a crowded
auditorium wherever she speaks. Indeed, the advice which John Wesley
gave to a woman preacher in his day might fittingly be given her. The
counsel of tho quaint old preacher was: "Do not speak at any place
where a man is preaching; at the same time, lest you draw away his
hearers." In all that she undertakes Mrs. Bowles is prompt and
incisive, and in private life is as constant in good works as she is
able in public, in inspiring others to all worthy endeavor.

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