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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
R. Runnels, and was the mother of two children, interred in Metarie Cemetery in that city. Cora
Sue and Harry G. Stella died near Independence, died June 9th, 1889, in Brenham, Texas, and is
Texas. Laura died in September, 1876, in New interred in the family cemetery at Independence,
Orleans, La., the place of her residence, and was Texas.
The late lamented Capt. Charles Fowler, of
Galveston, was born in Guilford, Connecticut, in
1824; went to sea at the age of fourteen, was master
of a ship at twenty-one and followed that
vocation until 1866, when he became agent for the
Morgan line of steamers at Galveston, which position
he held from that time until the time of his
death, a period of twenty-five years.
He came to Galveston in 1847 as captain of the
brig, Mary. Three years later he returned to Connecticut
and was married at Stratford to Miss Mary
J. Booth, daughter of Isaac Patterson Booth.
Upon the commencement of hostilities between
the States he entered the naval branch of the Confederate
service; at the famous engagement at
Sabine Pass participated in the capture of the
enemy's fleet and was subsequently made prisoner
and detained until the close of the war. On
returning to Galveston he was made captain of one
of the Morgan ships, from which position he was
transferred to the Galveston agency. Though
never aspiring to political preferment, he was elected
an alderman of Galveston as far back as 1873,
afterwards frequently served in that capacity and
at the time of his death, March 17th, 1891, was a
member of the board, having served continuously
since 1885. His last tenure of office began under
a system of municipal reform and his discharge of
duty was so acceptable to the people at large that
they insisted again and again upon his standing for
election. As alderman (from 1885 to 1891) he
always held the position of honor as chairman of
the committee on finance and positions on all other
leading committees. He was, in fact, recognized
as intellectually and, in a business way, the strongest
man in the council, and his straightforwardness,
integrity and devotion to duty easily entitled him
to this position.
Though not a civil engineer by profession he was
a man possessed of strong and valuable practical
ideas upon matters of engineering, and in 1868,
took charge of the work of deepening the water on
the inner bar, on which there was a depth of eight
feet of water at high tide, all vessels being subject
to a pilotage of $3.00 per foot besides the $4.00 per
foot over the outer bar. In 1869, as president of
the board of pilot commissioners, he handed in a
report, showing a depth of fifteen feet over the inner
bar, and recommended the abolition of pilotage
over same, a recommendation that was followed
forthwith. Through his long and intimate acquaintance
with municipal affairs and all classes of the
people, no man was better qualified to serve the
people of Galveston and foster the best interests of
the city. He was often urged to accept the mayoralty
but declined to become a candidate for the
honor. Physically he was a noble specimen of
manhood. He possessed in full measure solid public
and domestic virtues. His wife and three children
survive him, viz., a married daughter, Mrs. A.
Bornefeld; a son, Charles Fowler, Jr., and a
younger daughter, Miss Louise. In reporting the
fact of his death, the Galveston News of March 18th,
1891, contained the following: "The friends and
acquaintances of Capt. Charles Fowler, and their
number in Galveston is legion, have for the past two
days been hourly anticipating his death. Some ten
days ago he was taken to his bed with a chill to which
no particular importance was attached, but as days
passed his malady grew more complicated, finally
developing into a serious kidney complication,
resulting in a fatal case of uremic poisoning. He
died last night at 8-30 o'clock, and in his death
no ordinary man passed away. Few citizens
have died in Galveston who were more universally
respected and esteemed by all classes, or whose
death will be more universally regretted. Since it
has been known that death was inevitable the
inquiry upon every lip upon the street has been in
regard to Capt. Fowler's condition and if any evidence
was wanting as to his popularity, it was
clearly demonstrated by all classes of citizens over
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