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Lower, Christian 1814 - 1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 4/29/2013 at 12:47:16

Postville Graphic, 3 March 1898. Taken from the Decorah Times.

The sad intelligence reached Decorah Friday evening of the death of Christian Lower. He died at his home near Frankville Friday morning, after an illness of only about a week. He was taken sick with erysipelas, which settled at his heart, producing death as stated. The funeral was held at his late residence Sunday last at 1 p.m., interment being made in the cemetery one mile east of his place. Mr. Lower was one of the oldest and most popular citizens of the county. He was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1814, and in the same year his parents moved to the then territory of Indiana, where he resided with them, in Wayne county, until 1855, when he moved with his wife to Frankville township, which has been his home ever since. He was married to Barbara Hoove in 1835, who with four sons survive him. During his life Mr. Lower held several prominent county offices, being twice a member of the board of supervisors and for many years a justice of the peace in his township. At the time of his death he was secretary of the Winneshiek County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company, which office he ably and conscientiously filled for a long term of years. In the death of Mr. Lower the county loses one of its most intelligent and respected citizens. He was a man of large heart and exceeding kindly disposition, liberal but pronounced in his opinion of men and affairs, taking an earnest interest in all movements for the betterment and ennoblement of his fellows. It can be truely said that a good and noble manly man has gone to his reward. Many friends throughout Winneshiek and Allamakee counties sympathize with the bereaved ones in their loss.- Decorah Times.


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Added by Joy Moore Oct. 26, 2020

Source: Decorah Republican Mar. 3, 1898 P 4 C 2

We are not quite sure, but we think It is true, that the death of Christian Lower removes the last one of the active pioneers of Frankville township,— we mean, of those who came into the township more than forty years ago, entered at once into pioneer activities, and have remained identified with it over since. There are those of a younger generation who have since come to manhood, and we recall to mind others who once lived in that township and who are still dwellers in the county. His residence began in 1855. He had just married Miss Barbara Hoover, in Indiana, and they came seeking a new home. From the beginning until old age he was an active citizen, deeply interested in public affairs and intensely desirous of the public good along the lines his judgment pointed out. Originally a Republican in sentiment, he separated from that party on the greenback issue, and though at times acting with the Democracy, he has for most of the time during the past quarter century affiliated with what may be generally designated as the People's Party in various forms. In early days he served two terms as a member of the Board of Supervisors from Frankville township, and held other local public offices of which Justice of the Peace was the most conspicuous. His best public service, however, was given as Secretary of the Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company, of Winnesheik County,—a position he took at the beginning and held to the end, being its most earnest and active member.
Mr. Lower was born in Ohio, in 1814, and on the day of his death—Friday, Feb. 25th—was aged 83 years, 5 months and 6 days. All his early life and manhood was spent in Indiana. Death resulted from erysipelas after an illness of only ten days. His wife, who is in feeble health, survives him, also four sons, viz: John, a merchant at Osage; Joseph a farmer in S. D.; James, a farmer near Waukon, and L. K., the youngest, who lives at home. Funeral services were held on Sunday, under the observances of the Masonic fraternity, of which deceased had been a member for some fifty years. Rev. E. P. Stubbs, of Lansing, preached the funeral sermon. Members of the fraternity from Decorah, Waukon and Ossian assisted Union Band Lodge, No. 66, of Frankville, in interring the remains in the “Pagin Cemetery."
Thus passes away a man of many excellences of character; one of entire integrity, and one whose life as a husband, father, neighbor or citizen is worthy of emulation.

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