Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Bow Wo Kum ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Bow Wo Kum
MAIDEN NAME:  AKA 1: Bowoo AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: Abt 1849 DIED: 2 Aug 1910 BURIED: 4 Aug 1910
ETHNICITY:  Chinese OCCUPATION:  Doctor/Herbalist
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
BIOGRAPHICAL: Newspaper Advertisement. 
GREAT CHINESE DOCTOR. Is called great because his wonderful cures ar so well known throughout the city, and because many people are thankful to him for saving their lives without operations during his practice here since 1886. He treats any and all diseases with pwerful Chinese herbs, roots, buds, bark and vegetable tea that are entirely unknown to medical science in this country, and through the use of these harmless remedies. This famous doctor knows the action of over 500 different remedies that he has successfully used in different diseases. He guarantees to cure catarrh, asthma, lung trouble, rheumatism, nervousness, stomach, liver, kidneys, female trouble and all private diseases. Hundreds of testimonials. Charges moderate. Call and see him. Consultaion free. Patients out of the city write for free blanks and circulars, Enclose stamp. Address: Dr. Kum Bow Wo Company. 24 Liberty St., Salem, Oregon. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 19 Apr 1904 8:3

PHOTOGRAPH NOTE: Picture, entitled "Celebrating Chinese New Year's in Salem, Oregon, 1897", is courtesy of the Salem (Oregon) Public Library Historic Photograph Collections (Ben Maxwell). Description: "This shows the Salem Chinese New Year in 1897. Noodles are eaten principally by white people. The chinese patrons confine themselves to rice, pork or chicken and tea. In the upper section the two Chinese gentlemen dressed in Chinese apparrel sit in front of panels or hangings decorated with Chinese art. They are identified as Dr. Kum on the left and George Sum on the right. Mr. Sum is a merchant. They both hold Chinese calling cards in their hands. In the lower section the four Anglo-American women, who join the Chinese gentleman are wearing hats which are decorated with feathers. They are inside a Chinese store, where the rear is often used for lodging, gambling and opium smoking. In the background there are pots and pans on the shelves. The following persons could be identified: 2 Mrs. Ed. Baker, 3 Myrtle Carl."

No marker found.
No Lot Listed shows: Bowoo, Dr. Kum, d. Aug. 4, 1910
Many of his Countrymen and Many Americans Attend Rites
'Neath alien skies, across the world from the land that gave him birth, Dr. Kum Bow Wo, compounder and dispenser of strange hides and herbs, was yesterday laid to rest on the sunny slope of Laurel Hill. Sleeping beside him is his wife, who no doubt welcomed the arrival of her liege lord since the pearly gates do not open into Chinese paradise for mere woman, and the time must have seemed long since that October day when Mrs. Kum started on her long journey with a fan in her withered hands and a roast goose nearby to sustain her spirit in its flight. 
Unlike the services that preceded the burial of his wife, there was no wailing, only the low bowing of the uncovered heads to the floor, before the casket, and a movement as of supplication with the hands, by all of his countrymen, 67 of whom were present, which represents all of Chinatown, and a few Portland friends. The services were held at Rigdon’s undertaking parlors, and although Mr. Rigdon and Mr. Cassidy, his assistant, were at all times ready to arrange the service with something of the usual order of such affairs, the little yellow men preferred to do as the spirit prompted them in expressing their grief or rather in restraining it, for with the exception of one woman whose lashes were wet with tears, there were no outward signs of grief. 
On the floor near the casket was spread foods and confections, and before them the mourners bowed, dipping water into a bowl with shall cups. Red sticks of incense were burned, and outside the room more sticks and many papers were burned. The old doctor, reposing in his American casket, was as might be expected, oblivious to it all, but protest was made by his countrymen when a thin veil was drawn over the casket. Red and white appeared to be the colors of mourning, and a bunch of these colors was worn by each pallbearer. Prayer slips, or Devil Catchers, were distributed on the way to the cemetery, where the service of placing roast chicken, pork, eggs, fruit, candies and wine upon the grave, while the personal effects of the deceased were burned in a furnace Opinions differ as to the meaning of the food left at the grave. By some it is said to feed the spirit on its long journey to the Great Beyond and believed by others to be placed there as a peace offering to his Satanic majesty that he will not pursue the fleeing soul. 
The little plat reserved for the Chinese at the IOOF cemetery contains many graves that seem to have been forgotten soon after made, but in all cases it is said that after the laps of seven years the remains are disinterred and sent to China. 
Daily Oregon Statesman 5 Aug 1910 5:1
OSBH DC (Marion Co., 1910) #2663 
DOS 5 Aug 1910 ?:?
NLL - Bowoo, Dr. Kum