Somewhere, Perry F. Bowman is grinning broadly. According to an obituary from 1950 in the Redwood Record, Perry F. Bowman was born in Pennsylvania in 1886. In a Piercy School attendance summary from 1912, Perry Bowman and 4 sisters and 1 brother are in attendance, the form signed by the parent P. Bowman, giving young Perry Bowman's age as 16, thus his birthdate in this record was in 1896. According to the Mendocino Coast Geneological Society – Births & Deaths Vol. VI 1950-1959, Perry F. Bowman was 84 years old when he died in 1950, placing his birth in 1866. Amelia Dodge Bowman who married young Perry's father was born in 1878 and lived til 1959. Perhaps they were both Perry F. Bowman's but I believe that this article is about the son Perry Bowman who was in school in Piercy in 1912 and who would still be alive in at the time of this article in 1978. These ol'timers liked their yarns and led some colorful lives, and I think this reporter got their leg pulled. 117 years old?