Charles Herbert Lowe Obituary
The Stafford Courier, Stafford, Kansas
Thursday, July 24, 1919, page 4
(there is also a reprint of a La Junta, Colorado article regarding his death on page 1 of this same paper; there is a large article regarding the plane crash on page 1 of the July 17, 1919, edition of the Stafford Courier, as well)
Death of Herbert Lowe
One of the saddest deaths that ever occurred in this community was that of Herbert Lowe, who was instantly killed about 2:15 Wednesday afternoon, July 16th, when the airplane in which he and his brother, Lewis Lowe, were flying fell. He came in Sunday night on No. 12 from La Junta, Colo., for a short visit with his parents and to be here when the machine, owned by the Stafford Aero Corporation, arrived. He intended to return Tuesday night on No. 1 and was at the depot when the airplane came in sight. He decided to remain another day and see his brother arrive with the machine. The next afternoon he accompanied his brother on a trip and the accident occurred just east of Zenith. Lewis, who was piloting the machine was badly injured but is recovering nicely at the present time.
Charles Herbert Lowe was a son of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Lowe of this city. He was born at Clements, Kan., Jan. 15, 1893 and died at Stafford, Kans., July 16, 1919; age 26 years, 6 months and 1 day. His early boyhood days were passed at Clements, his place of birth. When his parents moved to Stafford, he entered the 6th grade. After passing the grades, he entered the S.H.S. graduating with his class of 1911. He made a very commendable record in school. Eight years ago, he entered the employ of the Santa Fe, beginning as a helper in the depot at Stafford. He applied himself closely to his work and was promoted from time to time. He then went to Newton, from there to Dodge City. Two years ago, he was transferred to La Junta, Colo., where he was employed as a clerk in the Division Supt’s office, thus making a rapid climb in that line of work.
“Bud” as so many of his friends called him, was a gentleman of the highest type and was a young man who was respected and loved by all who knew him. He was generous and kind hearted and was ever thoughtful for the comforts of those around him.
He leaves his devoted parents, sisters and brothers and a host of friends at the various points where he has been located, to mourn his early death.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the home and were conducted by Rev. Edgar H. Black, pastor of the U.P. church. Music was by the quartette composed of Mrs. Nellie Newell, Miss Ruth Hagenmaster, Plumb Ardrey and Joe Gere. The masses of beautiful flowers from La Junta, Colo., Dodge City and this city, in a way told of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The pall-bearers were Earl Kelly, Clifford Stark of Turon, Clarence Wesley of Dodge City, Clarence Peacock, Plumb Ardrey, Ben Charles and Ernest Ogle of Spearville. All the boys excepting Earl Kelly were members of his football team. Internment was made in the Stafford cemetery.
The Courier joins the entire community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.
Submitted by Chris Hollenbeck on March 26, 2007.
NOTE: (I've been doing some research for someone and located several obituaries from Stafford County. I am not in any way related to these individuals, but I thought I would send the info on to you so you can place them on the website for future researchers. There are a total of 5 obituaries, 2 for Herbert Lowe, then one each for Ellen Lowe, Lewis Lowe and Charles Lowe. Thank you. )