Louella (Jesmer) Bowen – the 14th child of Joseph A. Jesmer and Mary Ann Jesmer

Louella (Jesmer) Bowen – the 14th child of Joseph A. Jesmer and Mary Ann Jesmer
luella Jesmer PIC

Picture of Louella, her wedding certificate, wedding photo and headstone from

MARRIAGE LICENCE Wedding of louela and leroy

leroy and luella grave stone

Bowen LEROY L. and LUELLA (Headstone) Cemetery: Littleton Cemetery Association Date: 02 Jul 2011 Location: Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States of America

Link to the Jesmer family history page

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer page (Louella’s parents)    How the Jesmers came to Minnesota

Link to pictures of Princeton MN in Louella’s day       Hx of Greenbush township where Louella grew up

Link to Greenbush Cemetery 

The children of Joseph A. Jesmer: Nelson Adulphus Jesmer,  Sidney Joseph Jesmer,  Mary Jane (Jesmer) RobideauLouis E. Jesmer, William E. Jesmer, Joseph lll JesmerMoses Edward Jesmer,  Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff, Eugenia (Jesmer) KaliherAdulphus “Albert” Jesmer,  Ida Jesmer, Delia Alice Jesmer,  Louella (Jesmer) Bowen, Hubert Francis Jesmer;  Baby 1, Baby 2

A picture of Louella’s parents and some of her siblings.


Louella (Jesmer) Bowen was born on December 22, 1880, in Greenbush Township, Milles Lacs Co. Mn. Her parents were farmers. She is the fourteenth child of Joseph A.  and Mary Ann (Robideaux) Jesmer. She was the sixth daughter and the seventh child born in Minnesota. Her father was 46 years old and Mary Ann was 45 when Louella was born. When Louella was eight years old when her mother died of cancer. When she was born, her three older brothers had already moved out of the house. At two years old her older sister, Mary Jane moved out also. When she was eleven 11 or 12 years old her father married his second wife, Rose Mallotte. She was raised by her dad and siblings and cousins from 8 to 11. On August 17, 1910, Louella married Louis Leroy Bowen (Louis L. Bowen. (or Leroy Louis Bowen.) b. about 1888 in NY ), in Colorado Springs Colorado and lived near Wheatland Wyoming. (According to info provided by Janice Sweet of Zion Illinois.)

They had seven children.  (According to info provided by Patty kaliher.)

  1. Mary Bowen (b. 1912) (she married H. Schnell and her second husband was Henry Maul.)
  2. Ellen Bowen b. 1913. (Husband Donald Cook.)
  3. Charlotte Bowen (Husband – Byron Winburn) (aka: Charlotte Bowen Winburn Markham)
  4. Louis Bowen b. 4-12-1916. d. 8-21-1998. (wife Edna Bowman b. 1-27-1915. d. 7-2-2007)
  5. Arlo F. Bowen 8-27-1917. (wife Mary Melissa Wilson. m. 10-28-1940)
  6. Anna Bowen b. 1920 (Husband Robert Holm) (aka: Anna Bowen Holm Duffy)
  7. Joseph “Joe” Bowen b. 1922 d. 4-11-2007.  (wife Jean Ryan/Slagle) (aka: Meredith “Jean” Bowen b. 8-4-1922. d. 11-7-2010)
  8. Bernard J. Bowen  b. 1923 (

Louella JESMER

22 Dec 1880 – ____

  • BIRTH: 22 Dec 1880

Father: Joseph JESMER 
Mother: Mary Ann ROBIDEAU 

  • MARRIAGE: 17 Aug 1910, Colorado Springs, CO


_Joseph JESMER ______+

| (1809 – 1888) m 1832

_Joseph JESMER ______|

| (1833 – 1901) m 1857|

|                     |_Julie PLAMONDON ____

|                       (1812 – ….) m 1832


|–Louella JESMER

|  (1880 – ….)

|                      _____________________

|                     |

|_Mary Ann ROBIDEAU __|

(1835 – 1889) m 1857|


LeRoy Louis Bowen

Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family: Son of Charles J Bowen
Father of Arlo frances Bowen
Managed by: Kerri Mueller
Last Updated:

Information on Louella (Jesmer) Bowen’s kids.



Also Known As:

  • Charlott Winburn

Known Residences:

  • Aurora, COCharlotte L Winburn    Age: 100
  • Aurora, CO
  • Current Address: **** Marina Dr, Aurora, CO 80014
Relatives of Charlotte:

  • Byron S Winburn

 The Lusk Herald. August, 1998

Louis J. Bowen

Services for Louis J. Bowen, 82, of Wheatland were held Friday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Manville Community Church with Pastor Chan Bayne officiating.
Bowen passed from this life on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland.

Louis was born at home on the Wheatland Flats, April 12, 1916, the son of LeRoy L. and Luella (Jesmer) Bowen.

He left Wheatland at age 18, journeying through the south, arriving at his aunt’s farm in King Ferry, N.Y.

He met Edna, his wife-to-be, at the adjacent Bowman family farm.

They were married June 17, 1937, in the Church of the Brethren. To this union four children were born.

Together they built two businesses, a service station with bulk gas, ice and coal delivery, and a dream home for Edna.

In 1952 they sold both businesses, moved to Wyoming and became ranchers.

Louis was always involved in his community, serving on school boards and as a Boy Scout leader.

He and his wife moved back to Wheatland in 1989 where he resided until his death.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Edna; son and daughter-in-law, Arlo L. and Betty Bowen of Wheatland; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Dawn and Gerald Hicks of Torrington; daughter and son-in-law Judy and David Bredthauer of Lusk; a brother, Joe, a sister, Anna Bowen Holm Duffy and sister-in-law, Melissa “Mikey” Bowen all of Wheatland; son-in-law, Ryland Roetman of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Bowen Snell Maul, Eileen Bowen Cook and Charlotte Bowen Winburn Markham; brother, Arlo F. Bowen and daughter, Shirley Ann Roetman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Pat Bowen, Jerry Bowen, Bob Bowen, Rick Bowen, Gene Winburn, Larry Winburn, Buck Roetman, Colin Roetman, Brett Roetman, Dirk Bowen, Justin Hendrickson, Ben Hendrickson and Lee Hendrickson.

Memorials may be sent to the Platte County Nursing Home, Future Alzheimer’s Unit, 201 14th Street, Wheatland, Wyo. 82201 or the Manville Community Church, Manville, Wyo. 82227.

The Lusk Herald.  August 15, 2007

Edna Bowen

Edna Bowen, 92, of Wheatland, died July 2, 2007 in Scottsbluff, Neb. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Manville Community Church with Pastor Chan Bayne officiating and Edna’s family providing music.
Edna was born on Jan. 27, 1915 in Morrill, Kan. to Frank and Bessie Bowman. She married Louis Bowen on June 17, 1937 in King Ferry, NY. They managed the Ithaca Ice and Coal Company and owned and operated a gas station near Lansing, NY.

The couple moved to Keeline with their four children in 1951, where they owned and operated a successful ranch until 1979. They sold their ranch, but continued living there until 1988 when they retired to Wheatland. They spent a number of years wintering in Sebring, Fla.

Edna was preceded in death by her daughter Shirley Roetman of Sharpsburg, Ga. in 1997 and her husband Louis of Wheatland in 1998.

Edna is survived by her son Arlo Bowen of Granbury, Texas; daughter Catherine Dawn Hicks of Torrington; Judy Bredthauer of Cheyenne; 10 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Related Genealogy Entries: ‘Edna (Bowman) Bowen’

Leroy L. Bowen (Date Unknown – March 1, 1972)

Louis J. Bowen (April 12, 1916 – August 18, 1998)

Shirley Ann Roetman (January 12, 1938 – July 11, 1997)

The Lusk Herald.  July 16, 1997

Shirley Ann Bowen Roetman

roetman_shirleyann Luellas granddaughter

A memorial service for Shirley Bowen Roetman will be July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Manville Community Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to Lundstroms’ Gospel Crusade in care of Brett Roetman, Box 713, Lusk, WY 82225.
She died Friday, July 11, at Southern Region Hospital, Riverdale, Ga. from complications of scleroderma.

She was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Ithaca, N.Y., to Louis and Edna Bowen. She was raised in Ithaca until the family moved to Wyoming in 1953, where she graduated from Niobrara County High School.

After attending McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., for two years, she married Ryland Roetman, Sr., June 1, 1957. After living in Alaska for a brief period, they moved to Minnesota, where they were engaged in farming. They moved to Sebring, Fla., and for the past few years have resided in Sharpsburg, Ga.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; sons Ryland Jr. and Colin of Georgia and Brett of Lusk; foster daughter Laura Hendrickson of Minnesota; sisters, Catherine Dawn Hicks of Torrington, Judy Bredthauer of Manville; brother Arlo Bowen of Wheatland; 14 grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces and many more who called her “Mom”.

Meredith “Jean” Bowen,

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Meredith “Jean” Bowen, 88, will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 19, 2010, at the First Christian Church, in Wheatland, Wyoming, with Pastor Andy Gudahl officiating.

She died Sunday, November 7, 2010, at the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland.
Jean was born August 4, 1922 in Wheatland, Wyoming to Ross Henry and Cora Belle (Phelps) Runyan.  Due to her parents’ business ventures, she lived in several Wyoming communities.  Jean was a graduate of Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyoming.  Following graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert Slagle.  Robert was killed in action while flying a mission over the Island of Corsica during World War II. They had one son Robert Bowen (Slagle II).
Jean married Joe Bowen August 4, 1947, in Worland, Wyoming, and they had a son Rick and a daughter Debra.   They made their home in Worland where Joe and his partner were crop dusters.  They later moved to a farm west of Wheatland where Joe began farming and later developed his livestock feeding and real estate businesses.  In 1959 they moved into town where Jean lived at the same residence until moving into the nursing home in 2007.  Jean enjoyed attending all the sporting and rodeo activities of her children; playing bridge with her friends; and reading was a favorite activity. The trips she and Joe took with their close friends left her with some great memories.  Attending the 1976 Olympics in Canada was just one of the highlights in her travels. She also enjoyed the sunny beaches of Hawaii and the desert weather of Arizona in the wintertime.  Having her family come together during the holiday seasons gave her much comfort and joy.
Survivors include three children, Robert (Dixie Lee) Bowen of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Rick (Shelly) Bowen of Wheatland, and Deb (Bob) Meredith of Casa Grande, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Kristina (Christian) Kelker of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Robert (Megan) Bowen of Carthage, New York, Oliver (Dawn) Bowen of Tucson, Arizona, Todd (Tana) Howard of Cheyenne, Rikki (Cody) Thies of Gillette, Wyoming, and MacKenzie and Tricia Martin of Wheatland; and six great grandchildren, Elizabeth Kelker, Ben and Lily Jean Bowen, Tracen and Tripp Howard, and  Avery Thies.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Robert in 1944 and Joe on April 11, 2007; and a brother, Don Runyan.
Memorials to Platte County Memorial Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1148, Wheatland, WY 82201-1148 would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland.

Meredith “Jean” Bowen

November 17, 2010 12:00 am

WHEATLAND – – Memorial services for Meredith “Jean” Bowen, 88, will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the First Christian Church.

She died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home, in Wheatland. Arrangements are under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland.

Memorials to the Platte County Memorial Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1148, Wheatland, WY 82201-1148, would be appreciated by the family.

Bernard J Bowen in the 1940 Census

Age 17, born abt 1923
Birthplace Wyoming
Gender Male
Race White
Home in 1940 Platte, Wyoming


Household Members Age
Head Lewis L Bowen 52
Wife Luella J Bowen 59
Son Arlo F Bowen 22
Daughter Anna M Bowen 18
Son Bernard J Bowen  17

Name: BowenArlo Francis
Birth: August 21, 1917, Wheatland, Platte County, Wyoming
Parents: Louis LeRoy & Luella () Bowen
Marriage: October 28, 1940, Mary Melissa Wilson
on Page: Vol. 2, page 1006 with illustration
Title: Historical encyclopedia of Wyoming
Publisher: Cheyenne, WY: Wyoming Historical Institute, PublishDate
# of Pages: 1669
Volume: 2

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