Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     GEORGE M. BOWKER is certainly one of the earliest pioneers in the Big Bend country, and since those days of trials and hardship, has bestowed his labors here with becoming wisdom and is now reaping the rewards of good possession due to his industry and skill.  He resides about twelve miles northeast from Wilsoncreek, where he has a large estate of nearly one thousand acres.  Three hundred acres of this land are well supplied with irrigating water and produce more hay than his stock is using.  He handles well bred cattle, having introduced some excellent red Durham bulls and other good breeds.  Formerly Mr. Bowker gave his attention to raising horses, but as the market became low, he sold for nine dollars per head and is now handling cattle altogether.
     George M. Bowker was born in Phippsburg, Maine, on June 28, 1852, the son of Timothy B. and Elizabeth (Morrison) Bowker, natives of Maine.  The father was one of the large lumber operators in Maine and also a large ship builder.  He was prominent in politics and held a seat in the legislature.  Our subject was educated in the public schools of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 1877, came west to Oregon.  Settling at Cooks bay, he operated in lumber lines, then journeyed to San Francisco.  It was in 1879, that he came to the Big Bend and here worked for Peter Myer, on Crab creek.  Later he wrought for George Urquhart and during this time started in the horse breeding business for himself.  He bought a section of land from the Northern Pacific where he now lives and has since added by government rights.  Mr. Bowker has continued steadily in the horse and cattle business here and is now recognized as one of the leaders in this enterprise.  He has won the good will of all and is really a part and parcel of the Big Bend.  Mr. Bowker has two brothers, Freeman C. and William R., and four sisters, Mrs. Maria Perry, Mrs. Emma Campbell, Mrs. Lottie Rogers, and Mrs. Lepa Cutting.
     The marriage of Mr. Bowker occurred in Spokane, in June, 1892, Mrs. Olive A. Willis becoming his bride then.  Her parents, Oliver R. and Ruth E. (Malcolm) Spinning, are natives of Maine and of English and Scotch ancestors.  Mrs. Bowker was born in Phippsburg, Maine, in 1859.  By her former marriage she had one son, John Clarence.  He was born in Phippsburg, Maine, on June 14, 1880, and died in Douglas county, on October 16, 1902.  Mr. and Mrs. Bowker are adherents of the Congregational church.  In 1897, they had the great misfortune to lose their residence and all its contents by fire.
     It is of note that Mr. Bowker's grandfather fought in the war of 1812.