LUCIE MARIE LOWMAN SMITH
Lowman, daughter of Emery A. Lowman and Mae Patterson Lowman was
born Dec. 11, 1896, in Pleasant Twp., Cass Co., Iowa. She went to
grade school in a country school at the southeast corner of Swede
Street and Ridge Road; graduating from the eight grade at the age of
16 years in 1912. At the age of 15 she sold subscriptions for the
Elliott Graphic. She won 3rd prize (a gold watch) in an essay
contest and later wrote an essay of six chapters for the paper.
Editor McCarthy said the same stick-to-it-iveness that won for her
the watch will make her a place high in journalism before she is
many years older. She graduated from Elliott High School in 1916.
She was married
to Ernest A. Smith, son of Edward William and Marie Lewis Smith,
March 13, 1918. To this union four children were born: Ernest Merle,
Phylis Kinser, Dorothy McCullough, and a son who died in infancy.
They farmed until their retirement to town in 1955. Ernest passed
away Dec. 23, 1966, and Lucie Dec. 8, 1977.
Smith son of Ernest A. Smith and Lucie Marie Lowman Smith was born
Dec. 28, 1919 in Pleasant Twp., Cass Co., Iowa. He went to grade
school at Swede Street School, District #8, Pleasant Twp., and
graduated from Griswold High School in 1938. He stayed at home and
worked with his parents on the farm until the age of 21.
He was united in
marriage to Della Anna Riepe on Jan. 5, 1941. They began farming for
themselves and lived on three different farms in the community. In
1955 they built a new home on the home place which has been in the
family since 1918. They lived there until Dec. 1977 when the eldest
son bought the home and they moved to Atlantic, Iowa.
the parents of five children: Ernest Larry, Barbara Ann, Robert Lee
(deceased), Carolyn Marie and Edward Merle.
Larry Smith, son of Ernest Merle Smith and Della Anna Riepe Smith
was born June 15, 1941 at the Red Oak Hospital. He weighed 3 lbs.
1/2 oz. and dropped to 2 lbs. 13 oz. and was the smallest baby ever
to live, at that time, on record in this locality. He graduated from
Griswold High School in 1960.
married to Barbara Jo Wagler, daughter of Dwight and Mary Starr
Wagler of Griswold, on Nov. 18, 1962. He is engaged in farming and
living on the home place. They have four children: Diane Lynne (June
26, 1964); Elaine Marie (April 25, 1966); Ernest David (June 25,
1970); Michael Dwight (Feb. 12, 1972).
Ann Smith Schuler, was born Oct. 7, 1942, daughter of Ernest Merle
Smith and Della Anna Riepe Smith, at Red Oak, Iowa. She graduated
from Griswold High School in 1960.
married to Larry Max Schuler, son of Max and Linda Hiscock Schuler,
on Sept. 18, 1960. They engaged in farming northeast of Grant, Iowa.
They are the parents of four daughters: Laurie Kay (Aug. 17, 1961);
Patty Jo (July 8, 1964); Jeanna Marie (Oct. 31, 1973); Angie Ranae
(Nov. 6, 1976).
Marie Smith Rossell, daughter of Ernest Merle Smith and Della Anna
Riepe Smith, was born Aug. 17, 1945 and graduated from Griswold High
School in 1963.
married Marlin Rossell, son of Austin and Virginia Mueller Rossell,
Sept. 15, 1963. They are engaged in farming in Cass Twp., Cass Co.
They have two sons: Douglas Hugh (Aug. 25, 1964); and Daniel Paul
(April 28, 1969).
Merle Smith was born June 29, 1950 at Red Oak, Iowa, the son of
Ernest Merle Smith and Della Anna Riepe Smith. He attended Griswold
High School, graduating in 1968. He then received his B.S. in
Agri-Business in 1973. He married Denise Louise Heaton, daughter of
Edwin Lewis Heaton and Naida Louise Williams, at Cedar Rapids, Ia.,
on Aug. 18, 1973. They lived in Onalaska, Wisconsin where he managed
a swine confinement operation until the fall of 1979, when he
returned to Griswold, Iowa to start farming.
children are: Shannon Louise (June 28, 1976); and Ryan Edward (May
25, 1978); both born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.