W. H. Lowman, cashier of the Bussey Savings Bank, has made good use of his time, talents and opportunities and
has thereby steadily advanced since starting out in business life on his own account. He was born in Knox county,
Illinois, near Galesburg, on the 17th of April, 1864, and is a son of William and Martha (Rolfe) Lowman. In the
spring of 1875 the family arrived in Iowa, settling first in Mahaska county, where the mother passed away about
twenty years ago. The father, however, still survives.
W. H. Lowman was reared in that county and is indebted to its public school system for the educational advantages
which he enjoyed. In 1908 he came to Marion county to assume his present position as cashier of the Bussey Savings
Bank and has here since remained, covering a period of six years. This bank was organized on the 7th of October,
1907, its founders and original stockholders being H. P. Way, R. M. Boyer, James A. Bussey, W. H. Lowman and Dr.
J. W. Anderson. The bank was capitalized for twenty thousand dollars and the first officers were: James A. Busszy,
president; R. M. Boyer, vice president; and W. H. Lowman, cashier. No change has been made on the official board
since. The present bank building was completed in the fall of 1914, on the same site as the original home of the
institution, and it is one of the finest bank buildings to be seen in any of the smaller towns of the state; being
well appointed and thoroughly equipped. Mr. Lowman, like his fellow officers, has made a study of banking conditions
and he is thoroughly familiar with every phase of the business, his efforts contributing largely to the success
of the institution.
In December, 1884, Mr. Lowman was united in marriage to Miss Belle Havener, a daughter of John and Harriett Havener,
who took up their abode among the pioneer settlers of Mahaska county in 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Lowman have four children,
namely: Fred, Frank, Nellie and Floyd.
Mr. Lowman is in no sense a politician but gives his political support to the democratic party and takes a general
interest in public affairs, cooperating heartily in many plans and movements which have resulted beneficially to
the community. He is a Mason, belonging to the lodge and to the Eastern Star, and he also has membership with the
Woodmen of the World. During the period of his residence in Bussey he has become widely and favorably known, and
the circle of his friends is constantly broadening as the circle of his acquaintance increases.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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