ROWLEY, TIMOTHY W., a well-known and highly respected citizen of Springfield, Ill., is a native of the city, born October 25, 1854. He is a son of Reuben and Minerva Rowley, the former a native of New York and the latter of Illinois. The father disappeared when Timothy was a boy and was never again heard of, and the mother died when he was small. Reuben Rowley was engaged in stock buying and also owned a farm. The boyhood of Timothy W. Rowley was spent on a farm and when a young man he engaged in railroad work, which he followed ten years, after which he engaged in mining in Sangamon County, Ill. In 1894 he moved to Juneau County, Wis., where for six years he was engaged in farming, then returned to Sangamon County and has since lived in Springfield. He has been self-supporting since early boyhood and by good management and industry has been able to accumulate some property. As a boy he sold milk to the soldiers in Camp Butler, near Springfield, during the Civil War.
Mr. Rowley was married in Menard County, Ill., September 24, 1882, to Miss Harriet Boring, a native of Morgan County, Ill., daughter of Lee and Nancy B. (Stewart) Boring, both natives of Illinois. Mrs. Rowling's grandmother lived to be ninety-two years of age and passed away in Springfield. Her father is deceased and her mother lives in Wisconsin. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Rowley, of whom six survive: Cornelia B., born in Tallula, Ill., August 19, 1883, married Frank Galliger, lives in Wisconsin and has four children; John B., born in Morgan County, April 27, 1885, married Vivian Hedrick, and lives in Athens, Ill.; Reuben L., born in Jacksonville, Ill., June 25, 1889, served three years in the regular United States Army and is now farming in Texas; Etta N., born at Jacksonville, December 28, 1891, lives at home; Ralph B., born in Springfield, July 31, 1893, and Arthur B., born in Juneau County, Wis., December 20, 1897, at home. Mr. Rowley has always been honest and reliable in his business transactions and in religion follows the teachings of the Golden Rule, which he tries to carry out in his daily life. He takes great interest in the progress and welfare of the community and in politics is a Republican. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and enjoys the society and companionship of his many friends. The family reside at 1908 South Fourteenth Street, where they have a very pleasant home.