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BOWERS, Percival R.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
II, page 198, 1923.
BOWERS, PERCIVAL R. With a well established reputation as a civil engineer whose experience
had been gained in connection with some of the notable constructive enterprise of the New
York Metropolitan District, PERCIVAL R. BOWERS came to Florida eight years ago, and has since
continued his profession, with home at West Palm Beach. He has been an engineer in connection
with a number of projects on the South Coast, and had socially identified himself with the
civic and social affairs of West Palm Beach.
He was born at Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1874, son of ALLEN A. and MARY (RICHARDS) BOWERS.
He acquired the liberal education of a real New Englander, attending the public schools of
Boston and Summerville, Massachusetts, and finishing his technical course in the Lawrence
Scientific School of Harvard University. For a quarter of a century he has been engaged
in engineering work. Some of his engagements took him out of the United States as far away
as Labrador and Alaska. For two years he was an engineer on the construction of the Pennsylvania
Railroad tunnels under East River in New York. Another considerable portion of his professional
experience was in electric railway construction in New England.
Establishing his home at West Palm Beach in 1914. Mr. BOWERS has handled the engineering
problems involved in the building of sea walls, drainage enterprises, the development of
sub-divisions, and public works of different kinds. He is an engineer of genuine ability,
is a member of the American Association of Engineers and the Florida Engineers' Association,
and is registered under the State Engineers' Examining Board.
As a citizen he has been called upon to discharge responsible public duties, and for six
months was a member of the Council of the South Borough of West Palm Beach and in April,
1922, was elected city commissioner of West Palm Beach, representing the South Borough.
He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors and chairman
of the road committee of the Palm Beach County Motor Club.
In September, 1895, he married Miss MAUD ETHEL SPALDING of Boston. She died, leaving one
daughter, DOROTHY, who is now the widow of A. P. TAYLOR, and is secretary to the Bursar
of Boston University. Mr. BOWERS' present wife was ALICE MAUD COOK. She is a native of
Leeds, England. The three children of this marriage are PHYLIS, PHILIP and WINIFRED.
Mr. BROWN was associated with Capt. J. F. JAUDON, of Miami, in the preliminary surveys of
what has since been designated as the Tamiami Trail, a cross-state road from Miami through
the Florida Everglades to Fort Myers on the West Coast. This highway, now practically completed,
is conceded to be a project that will do more to bring attention to and develop the Everglades
than anything yet projected. Mr. BROWN also ran the first excursion into the Everglades
from Miami when the Miami Canal was opened.
His business headquarters for about eight years were in Miami, but in 1917 he moved to West
Palm Beach. He is engaged in handling a general line of real estate, and is still greatly
interested in the development of the Everglades in the Lake Okeechobee region. He is trustee
in charge of the development and sale of a subdivision at Jupiter, known as Riverside on
the Loxahatchee River. This comprised residential sites of a high character, where special
improvements have already been made, including water supply, electric light and modern,
improved streets. Mr. BROWN has also taken an active part in the civic life of West Palm
Beach. He originated and for several seasons was in charge of the Indians who held the
annual Seminole Indian Sun Dance in this city.
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