Biography of C. H. S. Lowe
Madison County, NY Biographies





Lowe, C. H. S., was born in Amber Settlement. Chenango county. N. Y., March 5, 1860, a son of James and Hannah R. Lowe, who were both born in England. James was born in Norfolk county, January 26, 1838. Hannah R. was born April 9, 1836. He came to America with his parents, Thomas and Martha, at the age of twelve years. Thomas Lowe was for many years a shepherd in his own country. James Lowe began work at the age of thirteen years for a Mr. Hazeltine, a tanner and currier. He afterwards went to Chenango county and secured a position in the tannery of Hiram Smith of Norwich, N. Y., afterwards bought a tannery in a place called Grey Brooks, N. Y., and in 1860 he became agent for a publishing house and traveled on the road selling books for three years. He then signed a contract to furnish the Auburn States Prison with wood for the manufacture of planes. At the expiration of that time he came to Munnsville, N. Y., and the following three years was engaged as a butcher, where his son. C. H. S., helped him. Later he and C. H. S. Lowe entered the furniture and undertaking business, C. H. S. Lowe doing the undertaking business. Dropping the former business, they substituted hardware and jewelry. C. H. S. Lowe. then at the age of fifteen, began learning the jeweler's trade; they remained partners for twelve years, then C. H. S. Lowe entered into the general mercantile business with his father and brother-in-law (Henry Freeman), under the firm name of Lowe. Freeman & Co. One year later C. H. S. Lowe entered into the jewelry business for himself in the Cook block, remaining there one year, then moved to Holly, Mich., with his wife and family of three children, two boys arid one girl (George S. Lowe, born October 29, 1882; Harry C., born August 12, 1885; Ena S., born September 25, 1888), where C. H. S. Lowe remained for five years, after which he returned to Munnsville and remained with his father until his death, which occurred February 28, 1898, after which C. H. S. Lowe succeeded his father in a general mercantile business and in connection with the same did repairing of watches, bicycles and guns; being a natural mechanic he could turn his hand to all kinds of repairing. December 8, 1898, Mr. Lowe married Winnifred M. Lowe for his second wife. Mr. Lowe's maternal grandfather, E. J. Hostler, was born in England in 1817; at one time Mr. Hostler was owner and manager of the flour and saw mill at Stockbridge, N. Y. He moved to Oquawka, Ill., and owned a large farm; he died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. D. Devore, May 17, 1899. C. H. S. Lowe is a Republican in politics; is a member of Prosperity Lodge, No. 484, Adieno Encampment. No. 115, and Canton Oneida. No. 34, P. M.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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