DR. ERNEST E. BOEWE,
since 1905 a practicing dentist in West Salem, is a native product of Edwards county, born in West Salem, July 1, 1885. He is the son of Christian and Mary Louise (Knust) Boewe, Christian Boewe was born in Germany on the sixteenth of July, 1836, and emigrated to America in 1866, when he settled in Edwards county on a farm of 256 acres, near West Salem. It was after locating here that he married Miss Knust, who like himself, was a native of Germany. The father died on April 17, 1911, although the mother still lives. Thirteen children were born to them, of which number six are yet living. Six died in infancy and Amos, a son, died after reaching the age of nineteen years. The others are: Rudolph, a resident of Waukesha, Wisconsin; Helena, living at Crandon, Wisconsin; Mrs. Carrie Rothrock, of Alturas, Florida; Ernest F., of West Salem; Herbert J. and Albert M. of Bone Gap, Illinois.
Ernest F. Boewe attended the West Salem schools in his boyhood and youth, at the age of eighteen entering the St. Louis Dental College, now the Dental Department of the St. Louis University. He was graduated from that institution on May 6, 1905, after which he initiated active practice in Albion, remaining there but four months. He then located in West Salem, which appeared a desirable location to him, and the success he has attained there in the ensuing years has amply verified his judgment in that respect. Dr. Boewe is a thorough master of his profession and has acquired a reputation for skill and ability which is fast placing him in the front ranks of the dentists of the day. Fortune has smiled upon him in a financial way and he has come to be the owner of a tract of land in Florida and a half interest in the neighborhood of eleven hundred acres, in the same state.
Fraternally the doctor is a member of the Odd Fellows and the Masons, as well as the supreme chapter of the Delta Sigma Delta, his college fraternity. He is a Republican, and a member of the Moravian church. On March 28, 1908, Dr. Boewe was united in marriage with Bernice Helen Luther, the daughter of John M. Luther. One son has been born to them,—Howard Luther Boewe.