Tombstone Tuesday – October 26, 2021 – Rosco Theodore Bowersock

Rosco T. Bowersock was born in Fort Wayne Indiana on May 9, 1892. He was the son of Andrew and Malinda A. (Canon) Bowersock. Andrew and Malinda had five children; Rilla (1876), Bertha (1880), Charles (1885), Rosco (1892) , Vesta (1898).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Rosco is found with his parents in Lafayette Township, Allen County, Indiana. Listed in the Census are his parents, Andrew and Malinda and his siblings, Bertha, Charles and Vesta. Rosco married Maggie Feighner in Centreville Michigan on April 5, 1910. In the 1910 Federal Census, seventeen year old Rosco and his sixteen year old bride, Maggie, are living in Jackson, Indiana on Main Street next door to Andrew and Malinda. In 1911, there is an Indiana birth certificate for a Marie Bowersock. This child is Zelda in all the future documents until a Indiana Marriage where she is listed as Zelda Maria Hazelette.

In the 1917, Rosco registered for the WWI draft. He and Maggie live in Fort Wayne at 2517 Broadway Street. He states that he is a Meat cutter for J.F. Effinger and that he is married with one child. In the 1920 Federal Census, Rosco, Maggie and Zelda (1911) are listed in Fort Wayne. By the 1930 Federal Census, Rosco and Maggie have moved to 342 West Packard Ave in Fort Wayne. Rosco is the manager of a grocery Store. Zelda is now eighteen years old.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Rosco is an assistant manager of a grocery store. Zelda Marie Hazelette and her son, Theodore, are living with Rosco and Maggie. Zelda is divorce.

Rosco registered for the draft for WWII in 1942. They remained living on West Packard Ave and he list his employer as Kroger Grocery and Baking Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rosco died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 26, 1979 of Heart Disease and Malnutrition according to his death Certificate. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke, Indiana. He was still living at 342 W. Packard Avenue at the time of his death.

Rest in Peace, Rosco!


Rosco is the brother of Vesta Bowersock who married my cousin Oscar Jackson.

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