Al Bower Jr.

M, #290
     Frank Albert Bower married Marge L Herrell, daughter of Frank Royer Herrell and Francis Anna Mae Reeder, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 6 May 1933 . The marriage license listed Lavada's name as Marge L Herrell. Nowhere else have I seen her name listed as Marge. This is particularly odd since her younger half sister is named Margie.1,2
     As of 6 May 1933, Al Bower Jr. was also known as Frank Albert Bower.2
     Al residing at at 4519 Lyndale, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, and Al sent a letter to Floyd Bible Herrell, residing at 1934 President Ave, St Louis, Missouri, USA on 10 July 1933 .


     Dearest Bro:

     Rec Mother's letter this morning. Cant tell you how badly we feel. It doesn't seem possible that this should happen to you. I'm writing because I can say more than in a telegram. I sure sympathize with the family. It must be a great shock to every one. Poor kid, I recieved her letter just after I was married. Never realized that it would be the last.

     You know I wrote to you when you said you were coming up here to bring Florence if possible. I haven't seen you for almost a year.

     God bless you little Bill, but I know he still has a wonderful father. I'd give anything to come down for awhile, but I just came back from a two week visit sure wish you had come while I was there. Though I can't now think I want to be -- will you? You know I've always had the greatest love I could for my brother & wife & son. I often think if I should die & leave my Bill, he's cute now & a year old too. Floyd, my husband is a wonderful fellow. I couldn't want any one better to me. I wont ask you now, but Id sure love to see you if after this grief some time you feel like coming to Cgo. I want you and Al to meet. I often tell him about you. Honey try & think as if shes not gone for always. sooner or later you know we all are called. Give my regrds to the family & Al's also - kiss little Bill - Tell him aunt Lavada said she'd love to see him.

     Can't write now any more so sometime if you feel like writing I'd love to hear about everything. I'm living at Al's home now. The address is 4517 Lyndale. Love to you and Bill & regards to everyone. Goodbye & God bless you Floyd.

     Your sis & brother Lavada & Al

     Dear Floyd;

     I am your new brotherinlaw. I can't tell you in words how bad I felt when Lavada told me.

     I know how I would feel in your case.

     Lavada talks about you so much I would like to meet you. When you come up to Chi call us up. Belshion 1220. I can't think of much more to say, but don't forget to visit us when you come.

     When you are in the mood for writing don't forget us. Lavada looks fine and is behaving for a change, guess the bad weather tires her out.

     Goodbye for the present and hope to see you soon.

     Best regards, Al.3

Last Edited=22 April 2013

Family: Al Bower Jr. and Lavada Margarette Herrell


  1. [S78] William Herrell (#128), "Bill Herrell's Genealogy Records (copy)" (New Haven, Missouri). Supplied by Mike Herrell - 1991 . Hereinafter cited as "Bill Herrell Records."
  2. [S740] Cook County, Illinois. Marriage Records , No. 1367672; Lavada Herrell (#72) and Al Bower (#290), May 6, 1933; unknown repository, unknown repository address . Hereafter cited as Marriage.
  3. [S394] Letter from Lavada (#72) Bower (4517 Lyndale, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA) to Floyd Herrell (#70) (unknown recipient address), July 10 1933; unknown repository (unknown repository address).