Franklin Joseph Bowers was born October 3, 1864, at Camden, New York, the son of Conrad Bowers and Mary Brophy.
He married Kate Baulig in 1885. He worked in the sugar beet industry and his job took the family from New York State to Colorado and finally to Santa Maria, California. Later he owned a car dealership in Santa Maria with his son-in-law. Frank died in Santa Maria on January 3, 1945.