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Edwin Lowe

Edwin Lowe

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


EDWIN LOWE, an enterprising and prominent agriculturist of Logan countv, residing on section 36, township 17, range 1 west, has contributed largely toward the progress and development of his adopted country, and is large-hearted and public-spirited and interested in all that pertains to the upbuilding of the community.
Mr. Lowe was born in Vienna, Oneida county. N. Y., May 19, 1834. His parents were John and Fannie (Boutelle) Lowe. He was reared on his father's farm in Oneida county, N. Y., and early displayed an aptitude for agriculture and a diligence of application at the public schools. His parents moved eventually to Cattaraugus county, N. Y., and there continued in agricultural pursuits. When twenty-one years of age young Lowe decided to start out in the world for himself, and with this object in view went to Wisconsin, and later to Minnesota, where he remained for two years. At the end of that time he went to Iowa and remained on a farm for several years, after which he rented his place to another party.
Going to the Rocky Mountains, Mr. Lowe engaged in mining in the vicinity of Denver. In 1862 he returned to the home farm and there worked for a year, when he enlisted for the war in Company I, twenty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel Dewey, serving for three years. He was in the thick of the fight during all of the campaign along the Mississippi river under General Grant. His first battle was at Port Gibson, his second at Raymond, Miss, his third at Champion Hill and his fourth at Black River bridge. Then followed the siege of Vicksburg, which lasted for forty-seven days. Prior to the siege he was in the hard-fought battle of Millikens Head in Louisiana. He was with Banks in the Red River campaign, and in 1863 wintered in Texas and aided in the capture of Fort Esperanza. During 1865 he participated in several engagements in the state of Alabama, and after the capture of Mobile was sent to Texas to maneuver against Maximillian in Mexico, but did not get across the border because the French came to terms and the army was withdrawn. Mr. Lowe was honorably discharged in 1865. His war career was remarkable in that he was never wounded or captured, and with the exception of a siege of the measles, which incapacitated him for a few weeks, suffered few of the vicissitudes of war. At the siege of Mobile a shell burst at his feet and wounded a man standing at his side, but he himself escaped uninjured. He was under arrest but once and that was for appropriating neighborly rails to keep his bed out of the water and mud.
After his discharge from the army, Mr. Lowe returned to his home in Iowa, where he engaged in farming until 1880. On removing from there to Nebraska, he took up land in Gage county and there made his home for eleven years. His residence in Oklahoma dates from 1891. On coming to this territory he secured a tract ot school land. About sixty acres of his farm is now under cultivation and in a highly improved state. Besides general farming he has given considerable attention to gardening and horticulture. He aims alwavs at the most advanced and scientific methods, and works with the most modern appliances. In politics he is a Republican and cast his first presidential vote for John C. Fremont in 1856.
In January, 1869, Mr. Lowe married Mrs. Jane Cotter, nee Davis, a daughter of W. M. and Martha (Dennison) Davis, of Kentucky. The father died when she was a child and she was reared and educated by an uncle. To Mr. and Mrs. Lowe have been born seven children, of whom five are living, viz.: John C., Winfield S., Edna M., Jessie B. and James William. The second child, Fannie E., died August 23, 1890, aged eighteen years, and Edwin, the third child, died when eight months old.
Mr. Lowe is a believer in eternal life (which he considers already begun), governed by natural and rigid laws, and is thus incredulous about miracles or special revelations. His views are shared by his family. He considers moral living of more importance than belief in, or the practice of any or all religions.

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