Richard Thorp Gowan biography

RICHARD THORP GOWAN. The gentleman whose name introduces this brief record is the second son of Garrett H. Gowan, of Henrietta, and himself resides in the Friendship settlement of Clay county, seven miles west of Bellevue. His large farm and ranch was chiefly carved out of the renowned “UD” ranch situated on the East Fork of the Little Wichita river, all over which locality his boyhood and youthful ramblings were wont to occur.

December 2, 1873, Richard T. Gowan was born on the North Canadian river, nine miles from Eufala, Indian Territory, and in October, 1876, was brought to Clay county, Texas, and grew up under the protective roof of a ranch house that his father hauled, as lumber, from Sherman. The country school gave him his start toward an education, or rather the village school of Bellevue did, and his advanced work in education was done in Marmaduke Academy, Sweet Springs, Missouri, where he finished his course in 1893. He at once, upon leaving school, resumed his station on the “UD” ranch, where the cattle business has always occupied his time.

In the distribution of the historic old ranch Mr. Gowan received two sections in the southeast corner of the same and under the shady boughs of the native oaks, near its south line, he built his little cottage. By the purchase of an additional tract his domains embrace thirteen hundred and ninety-five acres of land, fenced, stocked and party farmed. Like his brother, he is an occasional shipper of his own stock and his brand of bar “U” is a modification of the brand which brought the Gowans their local fame.

December 2, 1896, Mr. Gowan married, in Gainesville, Texas, Mary Myrtle Crozier, a daughter of Andrew and Arona (Matthews) Grozier. Mr. Crozier came to Texas from Floydsburg, Kentucky, in 1859, and is now a resident of Bellevue, Texas. For many years he was connected with the lumber interests in Lyon and Gribble in Gainesville and was married in Collin county, Texas. He served in a Kentucky regiment in the Confederate army and returned to Texas again soon after the close of the war. His children are: J. Frank, of McKinney, Texas; Mrs. Gowan, born in Collin county, Texas; January 16, 1876, and Effie D., wife of Virgil Harbison, of Hereford, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Gowan’s children are: William Crozier, born April 22, 1898; Robert Lee, born January 22, 1900, and Hattie Lucile, born November 11, 1903.

Mr. Gowan is one of the representative young Democrats of Clay county and his enthusiasm for the candidate of his choice for local or state officers has led him to find spare time to devote to the active promotion of their campaigns.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, pp. 147-148.