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Adrian L. Bowers papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0072

Scope and Content

The collection (1933-1936, undated) contains radio talks given by Bowers, taped oral history interviews, newspaper clippings, and a photograph of Bowers with a farmer. The oral history interview transcript contains remarks related to the Farmer’s Holiday Movement, among other matters.


  • 1933-1936, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Adrian L. Bowers was born in Saunders County, Nebraska, on 21 June 1885 and moved to the area of Whiting, Iowa, in 1895. He married Florence N. Trenhaile on 4 September 1914 and in that same year moved to Le Mars, Iowa. He operated Bowers Real Estate and Insurance there until his death on 14 September 1977.

In 1933 Bowers attended a Farmers Holiday meeting and spoke out against their methods. He spoke at another of their meetings, and as a result a group of Plymouth and Woodbury County farmers petitioned the Federal Court to establish a conciliation program for the Northern District of Iowa under Judge Scott. Bowers was appointed Federal Conciliation Commissioner to help farmers faced with mortgage foreclosures.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 document box.)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0072. Adrian L. Bowers papers, 1933-1936, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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