I'm hoping some of you Bowers can be of help. I am looking for heirs to "Alphonso B. Bowers". He invented the Hydraulic Dredging machine in the 1800's. Please see info at: http://books.google.com/books?id=8r4RAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA167&lpg=PA167&dq=%22a.+b.+bowers%22+civil+engineer#PPA166, It is an interesting story about a famous Bowers!! It is a shame that he died penniless after inventing a great machine that helped build this country.
My grandfather took care of him until his death at 95. I have a lot of papers about him and his fight for his patent . I also have an early model of his famous hydraulic dredge. MIT is interested in the papers but I want to try to find any family that might be interested in them. I came across this site by accident and hope it might shed some light on the subject.