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David Lowell

DAVID LOWELL, a prominent citizen of Cedar Township, became identified with Cherokee County in 1881, when he bought the A. C. Salisbury homestead, one of the well-known farms in the township.  Mr. Lowell was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, March 5, 1837, and is a son of Amos and Mary Lowell.  When he was nine years old his parents removed to Lee County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He received training in agricultural pursuits, and a fair education in his native State, and in Illinois.  In 1859 he determined to see the country beyond the Rockies; he went overland to Colorado, and remained there twenty-two months, engaged in mining and freighting.  In 1861 he returned to Illinois, and afterward settled in Jackson County, Wisconsin at Black River Falls, where he resided four years.  He then removed to Ogle County, Illinois, and after a residence there of three years he went to Carroll County, Illinois, and embarked in the lime and stone business at Lanark.  In 1881, as before stated, he came to this county.  His farm contained 240 acres of well-improved land; there is a good two-story house on a natural building site surrounded by shade and ornamental trees, and all the  necessary buildings for stock and grain. Mr. Lowell devotes his whole time to farming and stock-raising, and has been very successful in his undertakings.  Having always had a great love for animals and especially horses, he has made a study of veterinary surgery, and has become quite popular in this business, being an unusually skillful surgeon.  Mr. Lowell was married September 22, 1855 to Miss Jane Bailey, a daughter of Lute and Elizabeth (Gaffen) Bailey.  She was born in Canada, near Niagara Falls, and when two years of age was brought by her parents to the State of Michigan; at the age of eight years she was taken to Illinois, and there grew to womanhood.  Eight children have been born of this  union:  Charlotte E., Harriett J., Frederick F., Gertrude, Albert, William P., Ida and Harry.  The parents are worthy and consistent members of the Christian Church.  Politically Mr. Lowell affiliates with the Republican party.

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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