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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 08:13:18 :

Independent Journal
Tuesday, May 28, 1963

Marinite Leaves $300,000 Estate

Bank deposit books, stocks and bonds worth $287,000 were discovered yesterday in the Kentfield home of Edward Elijah Bower, 74, who was found dead in his bed yesterday morning at 4 Acacia Avenue.

Asst. Coroner William Bradley, who discovered the cache of stocks and bonds tied in bundles in a trunk, said an autopsy performed yesterday showed Bower had died of a ruptured artery in his stomach.

“The sale of his property should bring his estate to $300,000,” said Bradley. “He left all of it to his brother, Sidney Howard Bowers of Stalwart, Province of Sasketchewan, Canada.”

Boer, a bachelor, was a retired passenger agent for Canadian National Railways and had lived in Marin County for 25 years. He was known as “a good neighbor” to nearby residents.

“He was a quiet person who never said much to anybody,” said Louis Cheesewright, who lives at 6 Acacia Avenue. “He was a very respectable man. He minded his own business and was a good neighbor.”

Cheesewright yesterday called the sheriff’s office because he had not seen Bower. Deputies found the body.

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The California Death Index gives his name as Ernest E. Bower, born January 17, 1889.

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