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Roscoe H. Dow (1873 - ?)
Born in Booth Bay, Lincoln Co., ME. Justice of Peace in Bay Co., Mich.

1908 Biography. Added April, 2010.

Ingrsoll's Century History, Santa Monica Bay Cities., by Luther A. Ingresoll, 1908


Councilman from the seventh ward of the city of Santa Monica, was born in Booth Bay, Lincoln County, Maine, January 26th, 1873, and lived there until twelve years of age. The family then moved to Bay City, Michigan, and there young Dow grew to manhood. He received his education in the public schools of his native town and Bay City and finally attended Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan. While in Michigan he was more less identified with Republican politics, holding various elective and appointive positions. At one time he had the distinction of being the youngest judge in the state, having been elected Justice of the Peace in Bay County, Michigan, immediately after attaining his majority. Mr. Dow is a son of John Wesley and Hattie (Tibbets) Dow, who were married in New York in 1867. John Wesley Dow was a native of Maine and was born in 1835, belonged to the Dows of English descent and bears relationship to the late Honorable Neal Dow, of reform and prohibition fame. The major portion of his life has been spent as a mariner, having followed the sea from early boyhood until a time well into the eighties. Hattie Tibbets Dow was also of old New England stock and her ancestors were sea-faring people. Besides Roscoe H., there are two children Frank H. and Mary G.

Mr. R. H. Dow came to California in 1903 and located in Santa Monica and soon thereafter assumed management for the business of Southwest Warehouse Company. He married in the year 1903, Miss Nellie K. Gillard, of Bay City, Michigan, a daughter of Henry R. and Jennie (Evans) Gillard. They were natives of London, England, were married in 1866, and came to this country, locating at Port Huron, Michigan, in 1870. There he engaged successfully in the lumber business, and later in farming and is now retired from active business pursuits. He reared a family of ten children.

Mr. Dow was elected to represent the seventh ward of the city of Santa Monica in the common council at the election of April, 1907, and is an efficient and conscientious officer. He is a member of the Committee on Buildings. He is a member of the B. P. O. E., No. 88, of Bay City, Michigan and Santa Monica Lodge, No. 307, F. and A. M.

Additional Notes.

    1893 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Dow, John W., rigger, res 409 N. Linn.
  • Dow, Miss Mamie G., stenogr, bds 409 N. Linn.
  • Dow, Roscoe H., bds 409 N. Linn.

    1903 - Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Oct. 22, 1903.
  • Groom: Roscoe Dow, b. 1873, son of John Dow and Hattie Tibbets.
  • Bride: Nellie Gillard, b. 1876, daughter of William Gillard and Jennie Marrow.
Related Pages/Notes

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People Referenced
Dow, Frank H. (bro.)
Dow, John W. (father)
Dow, Mary G. (sis.)
Dow, Neal Hon.
Dow, Roscoe H. (subject)
Evans, Jennie
Gillard, Henry R.
Gillard, Nellie K. (wife)
Gillard, William
Marrow, Jennie
Tibbets, Hattie (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Booth Bay, Lincoln, ME
Justice of peace
New York, NY
Olivet College
Olivet, MI
Port Huron, MI
Santa Monica, CA
Southwest Warehouse Co.
West Bay City, MI
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