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A guide to the Alphonzo B. Bowers papers, 1657-1926
HDC1618 (SAFR 22225)  
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Description
The Alphonzo B. Bowers Papers, (SAFR 22225, HDC 1618) consists of correspondence, drawings, patent bulletins, court proceedings and images regarding the inventor, Alphonzo Benjamin Bowers (1830-circa 1926) and the development of the hydraulic dredge and system and infringement lawsuits. Inclusive dates are 1657-1925 and bulk dates are 1863-1925. The collection has been processed to the file unit level and is open for use with no restrictions.
Background
Alphonzo B. Bowers, Alphonzo Benjamin Hay-Thompson Bowers or A. B. Bowers, was the inventor and patentee of the hydraulic dredger and the hydraulic system. He was born September 25, 1830, in West Baldwin, Maine. He was the son of Sarah (Hay) Bowers and Wilder Bowers, both of Maine. He moved to San Francisco is 1867. The 1910 United States Federal Census has Bowers recorded as living in New York City at the age of 79 and the 1920 U.S. Census has him listed as living in Lynn, Massachusetts at the age of 89. Bowers' documents his age as 96 in his autobiography. Information posted on Bowers.com states he passed away at the age of 95.
Extent
18.30 linear feet
Restrictions
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Availability
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.