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Clarence Bowles' Story

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Clarence was only 12 when his father died in 1903.  The 1911 census shows Clarence, 20, working as a  machinist.  He's still living in Midland, Ontario with his mother, half-sister Bertha and older brother Stanley who is listed as a Salesman.
Within a few years the three brothers Alf, Stanley and Clarence would partner in a series of grocery ventures in Fort William which led to what would become an institution in Fort William's marine history, The Marine Grocery.
Clarence left the business with his brothers when he went to serve in the 38th Battalion in Britain and in France during the First World War.
He married Reba Munro in Fort William in 1928 where they raised two daughters Ellen Anne and Lois.
His other love was music.  He played the euphoneum and the trombone in the Fort William City Band, the Port Arthur City Band and the army band in which he was a sergeant.
Clarence experienced a heart attack while at work at the Marine Grocery and passed away in March 1955.

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