The Bowen Chronicle was a weekly newspaper serving the western-most regions of central Illinois. Published in Bowen, Illinois, a town known for agriculture, poultry, and live stock raising, the Bowen Chronicle was distributed throughout Hancock county. Subscribers could expect to find information on news, market reports, local gossip, short stories, and advice columns. Coverage during this time period was especially interested in the expansion into the American West and expeditions to Africa and South America. Family historians may find the local announcements useful for documenting births, deaths, weddings, and other social affairs in the area.