Archival Collection #108 - George W. Bowen/Ethel Galbreath Bowen Military Veteran collection was acquired with a number of related artifact that relate to George Welton Bowen’s military service during the Spanish American War, his involvement in the veteran’s groups after the war, and his wife’s involvement in the Women’s auxiliary of to the veteran’s group. It also includes material related to Ethel’s service in home front war support efforts. It includes correspondence with soldiers (include Col. Louis Covell) under Pershing in Mexico in 1916. Related artifacts include Civil War service medal presumed to have bellowed to George or Ethel’s father, and two “Women’s Relief Corps” medals (1886), and George’s medals and insignia.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the finding aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.
George W. Bowen George Welton Bowen (b. February 26, 1873) served as 1st Sergeant in Co.; H, Michigan 32nd Volunteer Infantry. He served in Florida, was subordinate to G.R. Resident Capt and friend of Col. Louis C. Covell, who later became a well-known General during WWI. Bowen later became a Commander in the SAW veteran's organization in USWV. His wife Ethel served as a Red Cross volunteer in WWI and WWII in Wyoming Park. She presumably served as a Registrar for the Women's War Census of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense, MIchigan Division, 1918.