Bob Plowman
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Robert George Plowman (1883 - 1953)

Robert George (Bob) Plowman
Born in St. Louis, MOmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Miami-Dade Co., FLmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2011
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Bob is a bit of a mystery man in the Plowman family. Born in St. Louis in 1883, he began working at his father's hardware store when he was just 15 years old. He listed his occupation as carpenter in the Gould's St. Louis City Directories during the early 20th century. He was probably trained in the carpentry profession by his father and grandfather. However it's not his occupation but his marital and travel history that leave us scratching our heads in confusion.

By 1903 Bob's dad, George Plowman, had moved his wife and three daughters to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bob and his brother, Al Plowman, remained in St. Louis where they had jobs and friends. For a time Bob lived with his brother and Al's in-laws, the Leisters. On his 1918 World War I draft registration card Bob lists his next of kin as his wife, Alice Plowman, however they are living at separate addresses. No marriage record has been located for Bob and Alice, but her maiden name was Kaltenback and she used her married name "Alice Plowman" until her death in 1961. No divorce record for the couple has been found.

By 1920 Bob was ready to move on to greener pastures with a new lady named Erma Sanger. They applied for a passport together (a women traveling with her husband was on his passport at that time) in order to travel to Cuba. Their stated reason for going was a "recreational" trip. Presumably they got the passport and made the trip to Cuba. Erma Sanger returned to St. Louis by 1930, where the federal census enumerator found her using her maiden name and living with her older sister, Stella Sanger, and a young Cuban man who was employed as a waiter. Bob is not found on the 1930 U.S. census so he may have remained in Cuba, though ten years is quite a long time to be on a pleasure trip!

By 1942, when Bob submitted a World War II draft registration card, he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and worked as a construction supervisor. He listed a wife, Blanche, as his next of kin, though her address was in Miami, Florida. Blanche and Bob were also listed as living together on the 1945 Florida state census. At first look it would seem that Blanche was Bob's third wife. However Bob's burial plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Miami shares a marker with his wife's name on it and the name on the marker is Erma B. Plowman. Though there is no documentary proof it can be assumed that Erma and Blanche are the same person and Erma preferred to use the first name Blanche by the 1940s. Maybe she thought "Blanche" had more of a post-war ring than "Erma".

Bob died in Miami of lobar pneumonia after a cerebro-vascular accident (stoke) in January 1953. As far as anyone in the family knows, he never returned to St. Louis after his departure for Cuba in 1920. The question has to be asked if the reason Bob never returned to his hometown and spent much of his life living outside the United States was because he neglected to obtain a divorce from his first wife, Alice, before heading to Cuba with Erma/Blanche. Staying out of St. Louis might have been an effective way of avoiding a legal or personal confrontation with Alice. Sadly, it meant he never saw any of his family again.

Erma Blanche Sanger Plowman is not buried in Miami with Bob, despite the plaque bearing her name, next to his, in Woodlawn Cemetery. She evidently returned to St. Louis after his death in 1953. She had a son from her first marriage, John Loomis, living in Ballwin in St. Louis County, and she may have returned to be near him because Social Security death records indicate she died in Ballwin in 1971. Her burial place is currently unknown.

Read about the death of Robert's sister:


Date: 30 JUL 1890
Place: St. Louis Protestant Orphan Asylum, Webster Groves, MO
Note: Half orphan due to mother's death[1]
Date: 1911
Place: 4045 Flad Ave., St. Louis, MO
Note: carpenter[2]
Date: 1918
Place: 2853 Lafayette, St. Louis, MO[3]
Date: 1919
Place: 3417 Morgan, St. Louis, MO
Note: carpenter[4]
Date: 12 APR 1920
Place: St. Louis, MO
Note: applied for passport to travel to Cuba for "recreation", along with his wife Erma Plowman[5]
Date: 1942
Place: 70 Allen St., San Juan, Puerto Rico[6]
Date: 1945
Place: 274 NE 38th St., Miami, FL
Note: working as construction supervisor, grade school education, living with wife Blanche [7]
Date: 1953
Place: 783 N.W. 78 St., Miami, Dade Co. FL[8]


Date: JUN 1900
Place: St. Louis, MO
Note: clerk in hardware (store?)[9]
Date: 25 APR 1910
Place: 4045 Flad Ave., St. Louis, MO
Note: carpenter-buildings[10]
Date: 12 SEP 1918
Place: E.A. Stinger, 12th and Olive, Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MO
Note: carpenter[11]
Date: 1942
Place: Paul Smith Construction Co., Army Terminal, Canano, P.R.[12]


Date: 6 JUN 1900
Place: 1721 Dolman St., St. Louis, MO[13]
Date: 25 APR 1910
Place: 4045 Flad Ave., St. Louis, MO
Note: boarding with his brother Al and the Leister family (Al?s in-laws)[14]


Date: JUL 1909
Place: West Ninth St., Cedar Rapids, IA
Note: Visit to father[15]


Date: 12 JAN 1953
Place: Woodlawn North Cemetery, Miami, FL[16]
Link to Bob Plowman's burial


Occupation: Mechanic, Carpenter[17][18]

Descendants or Description

Descendants or Description: 6 ft. tall; brown hair; brown eyes, high forehead, straight nose, oval face and ruddy complexion (description based on his 1920 passport application). [19]


  • WikiTree profile Plowman-36 created through the import of Davidson_Fink.ged on Sep 26, 2011 by Shayne Davidson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shayne and others.
  • Source: S10 Type: Periodical Author: Gould Directory Company Title: Gould?s St. Louis directory Periodical: published yearly Volume: various years Source Locality: Missouri History Museum Library, 225 S Skinker Blvd, St Louis, MO, 63105-2317, (314) 746-4500
  • Source: S1008 Type: Vital Record Title: Florida Death Index, 1877-1998-about Robert George Plowman- Date: 1953 Place: County of Death: Dade-State of Death: Florida-Other Death Place Information: Miami Media: digital Source Locality: State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.
  • Source: S1025 Type: Vital Record Title: Certificate of Death-Robert George Plowman Date: 9 Jan 1953 Place: Miami, Dade Co., FL File Number: 358 Register: 114 Media: certified paper copy Source Locality: Florida Office of Vital Statistics
  • Source: S1051 Type: Newspaper Title: The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Place: Cedar Rapids, IA Date: 10 Jul 1909 Page: 14 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S19 Type: Vital Record Title: U.S. Passport Application-Robert George Plowman Date: 12 Apr 1920 Place: Dade Co, Florida File Number: 19861 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S464 Type: Vital Record Title: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico File Number: Roll # WW2_2275141
  • Source: S465 Type: Vital Record Title: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Place: Missouri>St. Louis City>15>draft card P File Number: serial number 1598; order number 1726 Media: digital Source Locality:
  • Source: S50 Type: Census Title: 1900 US Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 12-WD ST LOUIS Date: 6 Jun 1900 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Sep 2010
  • Source: S578 Type: Census Title: Florida State Census, 1945 Place: Miami, Dade Co., FL Date: 1945 Media: digital Source Locality: DATV May 2010 FILM 2425180
  • Source: S6 Type: Census Title: 1910 US Federal Census Place: MISSOURI > ST LOUIS > 13-WD ST LOUIS Date: 25 Apr 1910 Media: digital Source Locality: Heritage Quest DATV Sep 2010
  • Source: S8 Type: Book Author: Plowman, Benjamin Henry Flasket, 1852- [from old catalog] Periodical: A register of Plowmans in America, as far as obtained with tracings of families, and extracts from English and American records (1901) Editor: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Publication: Plowman, Benjamin H. F. Page: 21
  1. Source: #S30
  2. Source: #S10
  3. Source: #S465
  4. Source: #S10
  5. Source: #S19
  6. Source: #S464
  7. Source: #S578
  8. Source: #S1025
  9. Source: #S50
  10. Source: #S6
  11. Source: #S465
  12. Source: #S464
  13. Source: #S50
  14. Source: #S6
  15. Source: #S1051
  16. Source: #S1025
  17. Source: #S19
  18. Source: #S465
  19. Source: #S465

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