Biography - Harvey Lowary

HARVEY LOWARY. The gentleman whose name is at the head of this sketch, is the owner of a small farm which, however, is a model in point of neatness, productiveness and improvements. It is located on section 20, of Richland Township, Shelby County, and its advantages as to situation are apparent. Mr. Lowary is a native of the Buckeye State which has sent out so many ingenious and wide-awake sons to aid the progress of development in the newer and more western states. He was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, June 25, 1831. There he was reared to manhood and there he continued to live until 1860. He had early learned the carpenter's trade which he followed until he came to Shelby County, this State and even after locating here he pursued his calling to some extent in connection with farming.

The advent of the original of our sketch, into Shelby County, this State was made in 1860. He first lived in Shelbyville Township, where he continued for four years and then removed to Richland Township of which place he has ever since been a resident. Before leaving Ohio, he was married in Fairfield County, to a lady whose maiden name was Emeline Collins. She was a native of the county and state in which her marriage occurred.

Out of a family of seven children which have been born to our subject and wife, only five are living. Their names are Nelson, Daniel, James, Byron and Joseph. Two of their children died in infancy. Our subject, who is an adherent of the Democratic party, brought up under its tenets and having a firm faith in its platform, has filled several positions in the gift of his constituents. For six years, he filled the office of Highway Commissioner and was School Director for several years. His farm hears evidence of many and valuable improvements and although it comprises only eighty-three acres, is conspicuous for the perfection of its management and its proportionally large productiveness.

It will not he out of place to speak of the family of which our subject was one. His father was Jeremiah Lowary. His mother Catherine (Siple) Lowary. They were farmers by occupation, having passed their lives in tilling the soil. The father died in Sandusky, Ohio. The mother who survived her husband, came to Shelby County and spent her last days, passing away in Holland Township, August 6, 1871. The subject of this sketch was the only child of his parents.

Extracted 26 May 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 551.

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