Joseph Johnny Elisha Bowen (John) was born June 18, 1909, the son of George and Luizy Belle (Stephens) Rowen (see Vol. 1), and married Opal Smith Dec. 24, 1928, at Houston. Opal was born July 18, 1907, at Eunice, the daughter of George and Victoria Isabel (Inman) Smith. They were the parents of four children: Dina Bowen married Dean Woods; Lucille Bowen married Phil Oliver; George "Jack" Bowen married Julia Conard; and John Henry married Shirley Kritzschemer.

Joseph ("John," as he was called) was killed in a car wreck in 1966 on Texas County Y Highway. He is buried in Clear Springs Cemetery. His son John Henry died 1977 and is also buried in the Clear Springs Cemetery. Opal lives in Kansas City by her children.

Submitted by Shirley Wenger