A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
COL. WILLIAM GREENE DOWS.Since 1855 three generations of the Dow family have been conspicuously identified with the successive phases of the development of Cedar Rapids as a transportation, manufacturing and wholesale center. The pioneer of the name was Stephen Leland Dows, whose career is sketched in detail on other pages of this publication.Stephen L. Dows, who was born in New York City, October 9, 1832, came to Cedar Rapids in 1855, and from that time until his death was directly concerned with nearly everyimportant enterprise from the foundation of the city.He was a manufacturer, a railroad contractor and real estate operator, and his enterprise outside of Cedar Rapids
contributed to the development of the towns of Dows,Estherville, Armstrong and Elsworth, Iowa.He was instrumental in the construction or in the bringing to Cedar Rapids of two of its chief railroads.Stephen L. Dows married Henrietta W. Safely.
Their son, the late Col. William Greene Dows, was born in ClaytonCounty,
Iowa, August 12, 1864, and died at the University Hospital at Iowa Cityon
Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1926.During the sixty-two years of hislife he
accomplished a tremendous amount of work.
He was educated in CoeCollege at Cedar Rapids, in the Shattuck Military
Academy at Faribault,Minnesota, and as soon as his school days were ended he
joined his father, atfirst as a clerk and later as a partner.He was one of
the organizers andbecame vice president of the Cedar Rapids Loan & Trust
Company on February1, 1900, and was with that institution until January 1, 1908.
For severalyears he was a director of the Merchants National Bank.His
father hadbeen chiefly interested in teh building of steam railroads and the
founding ofmanufacturing industries.Colonel Dow's time and energies were
directed tothe field of electrical power development and transportations.At
the timeof his death he was president of the Iowa Railway & Light Company,
presidentof the Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway, president of the Iowa
ElectricCompany and president of the Central States Electric Company. He was one of the chief figures in the electrical public utilities field.
His recreation and hobby was a fine dairy farm, one of the wonderfulcountry
estates of Iowa, the "Manati" farm in Linn County, which he had stockedwith
one of the finest herds of Jersey cattle in the state.
The work and influence of Colonel Dows were translated into many formsof
benefit to his community and state.He was an alderman of Cedar Rapidsin
1896-97, was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1897-99, in the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eight General Assemblies. He was chairman of the Linn County Republican Committee, a member of the state central committee for a
number of years, was active in the First Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Trustees of Coe College and Saint Luke's Hospital. He was master of Mount Hermon Lodge No. 263, A. F. and A. M., a member of Trowel Chapter No. 49,
Royal Arch Masons, Apollo Commandery No. 26, Knights Templar, Iowa Consistory of the Scottish Rite, El Kahir Temple of the Mystic Shrine, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, B. P. O. Elks and Cedar Rapids Country Club.
He had a long military record.He was made a private in CompanyC, First
Regiment, Iowa National Guard, January 9, 1884; first sergeant, August4, 1884;
second lieutenant, April 6, 1885; first lieutenant, January 18, 1886;
adjutant, First Regiment, January 6, 1890; major, December 21, 1891; lieutenant
colonel, April 30, 1897; colonel, First Regiment, April 4, 1898.At the
beginning of the Spanish-American war he was commissioned colonel of the Forty-ninth Regiment of Iowa Volunteers, April 26, 1898, and served with the regiment in Cuba, this regiment being one of the last of the volunteer organizations to leave the island.He was mustered out May 13, 1899. He was colonel of the Forty-ninth Regiment, Iowa National Guard, March 26, 1900, until March 26, 1905; colonel of the Fifty-third Regiment, Iowa National Guard, March 26, 1905, until he resigned January 8, 1909.He served as colonel and aide-de-camp to Governor B. F. Carroll from February 1, 1909 toDecember 31, 1913.Colonel Dows was a member of the Spanish-American WarVeterans, the Loyal Legion, and during the World war was a member of the State Council of Defense.
Colonel Dows married, October 9, 1890, Margaret B. Cook, daughter ofJoseph
Sutherland and Valissa L. (Burnell) Cook, of Cedar Rapids.JosephSutherland
Cook was another constructive figure in the development of CedarRapids,
where he arrived in 1857.He was a retail and later a wholesalemerchant, and
the firm of Cook & Augsberry built up one of the largestwholesale dry goods
and grocery houses in the state.He was one of theorganizers of the First
National Bank and Merchants National Bank, was adirector of the Cedar Rapids
National Bank, Cedar Rapids Water Company, CedarRapids Railway Company. Mr. Cook died February 22, 1899.
Colonel and Mrs. Dows had two children, Sutherland Cook and Margaret
Henrietta.The daughter is now Mrs. Earl Muzzy, of Cedar Rapids.
Sutherland Cook Dows, who represents the third generation of thisfamily in
Cedar Rapids, was born in that city July 3, 1891.He attendedCoe College,
and graduated Bachelor of Philosophy from the mechanicalengineering
department of the Shelffield Scientific School of Yale University.During the World
war he was a first lieutenant in the Seventy-fifth CoastArtillery Corps.he
is now vice president of the Iowa Railway & LightCorporation, the Cedar
Rapids & Iowa City Railway, the Iowa ElectricCompany, the Central States Electric Company and is a director of the Cedar Rapids National Bank.Mr. Dows is a trustee of Coe College and of St. Luke's Hospital.
He married Miss Frances Daisy Mills, of Brookline, Massachusetts.Their
three children, comprising the fourth generation at Cedar Rapids,are Peter,
Henrietta and Sutherland.
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