Source: North Manchester Journal, September 16, 1909, Obituary, John L. Cowgill

Mr. Cowgill was well and favorably known to all the people of this vicinity. He started a shoe shop soon after coming to this place and was quite successful in business. Soon after the war he built the business room now occupied by the Dreamland theatre and engaged in the manufacture and retail of shoes on an extensive scale for several years, having his sons, Benjamin and Joseph, associated in the business with him. The business failed in 1884, after which for several years he conducted a small repair shop.

Source: North Manchester Journal, September 30, 1909

The Dreamland Theatre closed its doors this week and quit business. It is understood that poor business is the reason.