Edward A. Dow is the popular and efficient president of the State Bank of Plymouth, Wisconsin. He was born in Ottawa, Illinois, April 1, 1853, and is the son of J. W. and Alice B. Dow, both of whom were natives of Boston, Massachusetts. J. W. Dow removed with his family to Illinois at an early day and in that state settled on a farm in La Salle county, where he continued to be interested as an agriculturist for a number of years, after which he removed to Ottawa, Illinois, and while in that city received the appointment under President Lincoln as postmaster.
He continued his residence in Ottawa until the year 1869, at which time he removed to Marseilles in La Salle county, Illinois, and while there he organized the First National Bank of Marseilles, which he continued to operate until the year 1873. During that year he removed to Sheboygan, this state, and at once organized the First National Bank of Sheboygan, which later became known as the Bank of Sheboygan and is now conducting its business interests under that name. During the year 1873 he also organized the Bank of Plymouth. That bank opened its doors for business on December 1, 1873, under the firm name of J. W. Dow and Son. During the year 1874 Mr. Dow removed to Plymouth and there gave his constant attention to the interests of the J. W. Dow and Son banking house during the remainder of his life.
Mr. Dow was always a devoted and enthusiastic adherent of the republican party during his residence in Illinois and also after his removal to this state. He was elected to the office of Mayor of Plymouth and served in that capacity for one term and was also a member of the Masonic order. His long life of usefulness was brought to a close by his death, which occurred in 1895. His widow is still in the enjoyment of good health at the age of ninety-eight years.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow were united in marriage in Peoria, Illinois, and unto them were born four children, three of whom are still living, as follows: Edward A., of this review; Mrs. L. W. Tillotson, a resident of Plymouth; and Mrs. A. P. Barnes, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Edward A. Dow was reared in his father's home and educated in the public schools of the districts in which he lived. After laying aside the text-books of his early educational period he was employed by his father in the postoffice at Ottawa as clerk and later as bookkeeper in the bank of Marseilles, Illinois. He removed with his parents from the state of Illinois at the time the family settled in Sheboygan and was at once engaged as bookkeeper in the First National Bank, which had recently been established in that city by his father. He continued in the employ of this bank but a short time and upon the organization of the J. W. Dow and Son bank at Plymouth, this county, he at once became actively identified with that institution and has since continued as one of the principal stockholders and at present is filling the office of president of that financial institution.
In 1890 the bank was incorporated as the State Bank of Plymouth with the following officers: J. W. Dow, president; August Schmidt, vice president; E. A. Dow, cashier; and H. W. Hostman, assistant cashier. Immediately following the death of his father J. W. Dow, Edward A. Dow was elected by the board of directors as president of the bank. This banking house is one of the oldest and numbered among the most substantial of its kind in this part of the state of Wisconsin. Edward A. Dow is the treasurer of the Plymouth Refrigerating, Water, Light and Heating Company and is also interested in many other business enterprises in that city and throughout various portions of the state.
In 1876 Mr. Dow was united in marriage to Miss Ida J. Hotchkiss, a daughter of R. H. Hotchkiss, who was one of the early settlers in Sheboygan county. To Mr. and Mrs. Dow one son has been born, R. W. Dow, at present the assistant cashier of the State Bank of Plymouth.
Mr. Dow is treasurer of the Sheboygan County Agricultural Association, vice president of the Wisconsin Bankers Association and a member of the Iroquois Club. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum. Mr. Dow has been actively identified with the development of the business interests of Sheboygan county since 1873. His associations with the representative business men of his section of the state have long since established his reputation as one of the most conservative and safe business counselors in the banking circles of Wisconsin. The strict integrity of his business transactions has gained for him the confidence of the public at large and he has attained the reputation of being one of the most popular and useful men in the county in which he resides.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL