Obit: Lowe, Edith (1895 - 1920)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 04/15/1920

Lowe, Edith (26 OCT 1895 - 9 APR 1920)

The details of the death of Edith Lowe mentioned in last week’s paper, were learned on the arrival of Miss Nan Lowe with her sister’s remains.

It seems that the girls had gone to Taholah, Washington, a little town about 5 miles from Aberdeen, to spend their Easter vacation. The Quinalt river flows into the Pacific Ocean at his place and on this river Friday afternoon the two Lowe girls and a Miss Evans, another teacher from Aberdeen, and a Mr. and Mrs. Finch, whom they were visiting, started to take a ride on the river in a canoe propelled by a motor. The motor stopped, and the passengers attempted to keep the canoe going against the current with paddles while Mr. Finch tried to start the motor. The current was swift and swept the canoe backward. It ran against some obstruction in the stream and upset. All were thrown into the water, and after a hard struggle all except Edith regained the shore, though for a short time after being pulled out, Miss Evans was unconscious. Edith was taken out of the water within a few minutes and every effort was made to revive her, all the means of first aid in drowning being used, Miss Evans who had preliminary training as a nurse, directing the others when she was able to speak. But it was of no avail. There was a possibility that Edith had been some what stunned by contact with some object in the river or that the shock of the extremely cold water had placed her beyond relief. Miss Nan Lowe herself had a narrow escape, although able to swim. Her foot got caught in some manner so that she had to pull the heel and sole off her shoe to free herself. They went to an Indian camp near by where a fire was built and their clothing dried and toward evening an Indian took them in his boat down to the village, where they arrived about 8:00 o’clock. The greatest kindness and sympathy were show by the Superintendent, teachers and school patrons of Aberdeen, and all was done that could be done to help the sorrowing sister in her sad task of preparing for the long journey homeward.

Edith Lowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. B. Lowe, was born in Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., Oct. 26, 1895. She grew to womanhood here, attending the public schools and graduated from Neillsville High School in the class of 1913. She graduated from Stevens Point Normal in 1915 and became a successful teacher. She taught two years at Wabeno, Wis., two years at Bisbee, Ariz., and was teaching her first year at Aberdeen, Wash. An added touch of pathos tot he tragic sadness of her death was the fact that she was to be married in June to Karl Mohler, a young mining engineer of Bisbee, Ariz., and her new home was nearing completion at Bisbee.

Edith was loved and admired by all who ever knew her. She was clever and warm hearted with a joyous greeting for everyone old and young. Among her companions at school she went by the name of "Happy", and well the name applied. She had great physical courage and daring, riding horseback fearlessly, driving an automobile with skill, rowing boats on the pond or swimming without fear in its waters. Yet her work as a student was always done, and as a teacher she won the good will of students and patrons.

The passing out of this young life as full of beauty and of promise, so well fitted for usefulness in the world, has brought to her home and relatives, school mates and friends, a sorrow beyond measure. Sympathy for the sorrowing family and appreciation of the fine qualities of the one who had gone, found expression the the words and deeds and a fair wilderness of flowers brought and sent in by a multitude of friends, made a matle of loveliness that covered her casket, with a beauty that typified the sweet life of her who slept beneath.

There are left the father and mother, three sisters, Mrs. W.E. Rundel of Waukesha, Mrs. F.T. Weeks of Neillsville, and Miss Nan Lowe of Neillsville, and one brother, George M. Lowe, also of this city.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, (the rest of my copy was cut off)

Stevens Point , Wisconsin Central State Teachers' College

In 1927 Stevens Point Normal School became Central State Teachers College and began offering four-year teaching degrees. When post-World War II enrollment became less centered on teacher training and more focused on liberal arts education, the Wisconsin State Legislature intervened, elevating the school to a Wisconsin State College with the authority to grant bachelor's degrees in liberal arts.




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