By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Rowell Bosse Served Country, County


The Bosse family, 1906. From left: W.T., Ernest, Effie and Karl.

The Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room at the Transylvania County Library is named for local historian Rowell Bosse. Bosse was born on July 16, 1911 to William Thomas and Effie DeLong Bosse. He had two older brothers, Ernest (1903-1924) and Karl (1905-1947). Rowell graduated from Brevard High School in 1929 and worked at Transylvania Tanning for several years.

Bosse entered active service with the U.S. Army on Jan. 7, 1943. He served in Europe and was involved in battles at Normandy and Rhineland. Bosse was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal with four bronze stars. He was discharged on N...

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