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On this day in Paducah History, we celebrate the birthday of Saunders A. Fowler, born and died in Paducah, KY, March 8, 1867 – January 20, 1944.

Saunders was President of the Fowler Wharfboat Company which was a notable Paducah business for years.

On his 37th birthday, March 8, 1904, he surely arose early to make his report in the Paducah Sun, “Observations taken at 7 a.m. River 19.6 on the gauge, a rise of 1.2 in the last 24 hours. Weather clear and warm. Temperature 46 with east winds. SAUNDERS A. FOWLER, Local Observer.”

According to the 1931 ‘Who’s Who on the Ohio River’ by Ethel C. Leahy, Saunders was born to, “Littleton Augustus (known as Gus) Fowler, of Princeton, KY and Laura (Saunders) Fowler of Knoxville, TN. Married. Two Children. Presbyterian; Democrat; Elk. Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity; Country Golf Club. Educated at Centre College, Danville, KY. Hobbies, boating and fishing. Occupation, engineering and fuel saving. Formerly gen’l. Freight agt. and supt., of the “Fowler Line” packet boats, running between Evansville, IND. and Cairo, Ill.
Business address……..321 City Nat’l. Bank Bldg., Paducah, KY
Residence………………..Route 6, Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY”

The Fowler Family was not only influential in the river industry, but also in the overall history of the great city of Paducah. To learn more about the Fowler Family, visit us at the McCracken County Public Library Local and Family History Department