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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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James N. Lowe.

Mr. James N. Lowe
and daughter Caroline
Mrs. James N. Lowe

James N. Lowe is one of the honored veterans of the Civil war and is a public-spirited citizen of Adair county, living on section 24, Jefferson township, where he owns and cultivates a good farm.  He was born in Guilford county, North Carolina, in October, 1842, and his parents, William and Charity (Morgan) Lowe, were also natives of that state.  The latter was a brother of John Morgan, who crossing the river, made the raid into the state of Ohio.  William Lowe devoted his life to general farming and in 1854 removed to Henry county, Indiana, where he rented land until 1864.  That year witnessed his arrival in Adair county, Iowa, where he purchased forty acres in Jefferson township.  With characteristic energy he began its development and continued its cultivation until 1872, when he sold that property and went to Jewell county, Kansas, where he entered land, which he improved and cultivated throughout his remaining days.  He reached the venerable age of eighty-nine years, passing away in 1905.  His wife survived until October, 1914, and her age was ninety-nine years, four months and seven days at the time of her demise.  There were eight children in the family:  Dr. George N. Lowe, who died in 1904;  Delilah, who became the wife of George Freeman and died in 1864;  James N.;  Martha, who became the second wife of George Freeman and died in 1900;  Nancy, a resident of Winterset, Iowa, and the widow of Hamilton Leizure, who died in 1901;  Thomas, a resident of Greeley, Colorado;  Sarah, the wife of C. Lane, living at Greenfield, Iowa;  and Jessie, who died in November, 1911.

James N. Lowe spent his youthful days in his native county and the public schools afforded him his educational opportunities.  On attaining his majority he enlisted for service in the Civil war.  Notwithstanding his parents were southern people, the sympathies of the family were with the north and in September, 1863, he joined the Fourth Indiana Battery, with which he served until the close of hostilities.  He was one of those who marched with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea and he took part in notable engagements which led up to the final victory that crowned the Union arms.

In July, 1865, Mr. Lowe came to Adair county, where he was employed as a farm hand.  He engaged in making hay and cutting wheat where the town of Stuart now stands, and there was no railroad in the vicinity at that time, the work of development and improvement having been carried forward to but a limited extent.  Mr. Lowe carefully saved his earnings, being desirous of engaging in business on his own account, and in 1868 he purchased eighty acres of land on sections 24 and 13, Jefferson township.  He at once began to develop and improve the property and has remained thereon continuously since.  He has also extended the boundaries of his farm by an additional purchase of eighty acres of land and today has one of the best improved places in the county.  In 1864 he could have purchased a quarter section for a dollar and a half per acre and four years later he had to pay fifteen dollars per acre.  He has always been an earnest worker and has placed no fictitious values upon opportunity, but has ever realized that industry and perseverance are the basis of success.  Mr. Lowe makes a specialty of raising shorthorn and Polled Durham cattle and this branch of his business is proving profitable.

On the 5th of December, 1867, Mr. Lowe was united in marriage to Miss Susan Isley, a daughter of Barnett and Mary (Wolf) Isley, who were natives of Pennsylvania and pioneers of Scott county, Iowa.  In 1867 they came to Adair county, where the father purchased land and engaged in general farming for several years.  In 1872 he removed to Nebraska, where he bought a farm, which he continued to cultivate throughout his remaining days, his life's long labors being ended in death in 1911.  For twenty years he had survived his wife, who passed away in 1891.  Mr. and Mrs. Lowe became the parents of five children:  Emma, who died in April, 1872, at the age of two years;  Ida M., the wife of E. S. Easton, a resident of Boulder, Colorado;  Lillie B., the wife of J. R. Peters, a farmer of Jefferson township;  Anna C., the wife of L. D. Whittum;  and Dora E., the wife of George W. Little, a resident of Guthrie county, Iowa.  The wife and mother passed away May 24, 1888, and in May, 1890, Mr. Lowe was again married, his second union being with Mary (Snyder) Woods, a daughter of George William and Catherine (Zimmerman) Snyder, who were natives of Ohio, where they spent their entire lives, the mother having passed away in 1872, while the father's death occurred in 1889.  Two children have been born of the second marriage and Mrs. Lowe had one child by her former marriage, John L. Woods, who is now residing in Yorkton, Canada, at the age of thirty years.  Her younger children are:  William Leo, twenty-four years of age, now following farming in Jefferson township;  and Catherine C.,, nine years of age, at home.

Mr. Lowe has always taken a deep and helpful interest in community affairs and cooperates heartily in many plans and measures for the general good.  He served for ten years as school treasurer.  He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, gives his political allegiance to the republican party and in religious faith is a Methodist.  His life has been guided by high and honorable principles and his course has ever been a straight-forward one, commending him to the confidence and trust of his fellowmen, who recognize in him a man whose word is as good as his bond.



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