John Russell LOWELL

John Russell LOWELL

Male 1869 - 1956  (87 years)

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  • Name John Russell LOWELL 
    Born 16 Apr 1869  Ostrander, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Dec 1956  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Dec 1956  Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "Came with parents to South Dakota in 1884.

      "When I went through my father's papers when he passed away, I found the bill for wiring that house at 1201 for electricity. At that time they wired only for electrical lights. $35.00 for wiring that house. There were two switches at 1201 to begin with. One at the door by the stairs that turned the dining room light on and one by the front door when you came into the living room. All of the rest of the lights were pullchain.

      "My father had these horses a driving team and a surrey and he was as proud of this surrey and driving team as we would be of our cars. He had all this stuff, harnesses, and elaborate trim.

      "In his later years he used to go down to the store and shoot the bull with all these farmers that would come in. It was a country store. In Hank's hardware store he used to carry fenceposts and fencing things. Hank and Danny were the mainstays working there. Finally one day, Hank said to Grandpa Lowell, why don't you go to work for me? Hank wanted to have someone sit inside the store to protect for theft. He was like a security guard. He didn't sell anything. He just sat around there and when everybody was out kept watch over things.

      "The first time we went up to northern Minnesota, my dad couldn't get over how small the pine trees were. My dad was born in Wisconsin and worked in the lumber mills until he was fifteen, when he came out here. He told me about the big saw they had there and he was cleaning up and he stood up and the saw cut off his straw hat. He threw it in the river and never went home with it."

      "At that time, if you farmed a quarter section (160 acres) that was average. A lot of them had only 80 acres. If you farmed a half a section, you were a big farmer. Well, you see, Grandpa Lowell and my dad farmed Cliff's, which is a quarter section, they farmed Jack's, which is another one, they farmed Flora's which is another one, they farmed ours, which is another one, and then they rented land over there east of them, so they were really really big farmers and they farmed this all with horses. "

      "My dad was 31 years old when he was married and that was about par for the course. [regarding marriage age].

      After he moved to town, on what is now our farm he kept the hay ground. He and Aunt Minnie's hired hand used to put up hay together and then in the winter months he would haul hay from the country to Sioux Falls. He'd go out in the country one day and the next day take it to the hay market in Sioux Falls and sell it.

      John R. Lowell and Freda Volsch were married at the West Wall Lake Lutheran Church. They were married at the same time as Freda’s sister, Anna.

      From notes by GRL during an August ____ visit to Sioux Falls: Max Miller's family lived about 5 miles west of John Lowell's farm (Cliff's place) when Hazel Miller was a youngster and her mother died. George Lowell was born on Cliff's farm in 1901. Sometime between 1901 and 1906 when Jack was born, John Lowell bought the farm across the road (Jack's place). John Lowell sold Cliff's place to someone. That person sold the farm to Max Miller. John R. Lowell moved to the West Sioux neighborhood of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 17, 1910. He still kept involved with farming, maintaining some haying activities.

      1900 Census for SD: Minnehaha County: Wall Lake Township:
      (entry found under Lowell, John)
      Lowell, John R, son, April 1869, age 31, single.

      1910 Census: SD: Minnehaha Cty: Sioux Falls, 6th wd, p. 147B:
      Lowell, John R., head, 41, first marriage, married 9 years, born in WI, father and mother born in ME, own income;
      Freda, wife, 32, first marriage, married 9 years, has had 2 children, both living, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, came to the U.S. in 1883;
      George J., son, 8, born in SD, father born in WI, mother born in Germany;
      John F., son, 4, born in SD, father born in WI, mother born in Germany.

      1920 Census for Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County:
      John R. Lowell, age 50, farmer, but not in the district where census was taken;
      Freda M., his wife, 42, immigrated to the U.S. in 1887 and was a naturalized citizen;
      George J., his son, 18
      John F., his son, 13
      Charles E., his son, 9

      1930 Census: Minnehaha Cty., Sioux Falls, Dis. 6: 1201 N. Lincoln Ave:
      Lowell, John R., head, owns, age 60, married, first married at age 30, born in Wisconsin, father and mother born in Maine; occupation: teamster, odd jobs;
      Freda, his wife, age 52, first married at age 23, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, came to the U.S. in 1886;
      John F., his son, age 24, single, born in SD, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in Germany, occupation: deliveryman, greenhouse;
      Charles E., his son, age 19, born in SD, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in Germany, occupation: laborer, odd jobs.

      1940 U.S. Federal Census, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 1201 N. Lincoln Ave.:
      Lowell, John R., head, 71, married, born in Wisconsin, lived in same home five years earlier, laborer, retail hardware;
      Freda, wife, 62, married, born in Germany.

      Polk’s Sioux Falls (Minnehaha County) City Directory 1950 lists:
      “Lowell John R (Freda M) lab h1201 N Lincoln av”

      South Dakota Death Index:
      Name: John R Lowell
      Certificate Number: 294899
      Death Day: 5
      Death Month: Dec
      Death Year: 1956
      County: Minnehaha

      Miller Funeral Home records indicate cause of death as "gastric hemmorrhage--gastric ulcer" and time of death one forty five p.m.; age at time of death-- 87 yrs., 7 mos., and 19 days. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lot 153.

      Obituary in Sioux Falls newspaper--

      "Rites Saturday
      John R. Lowell, 87, Dies in S.F.

      John R. Lowell, 87, Sioux Falls resident for 46 years, died at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon following a brief illness. He resided at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave.
      Born in Ostrander, Wis., Oct. 16, 1869, Mr. Lowell moved to Wall Lake Township with his parents in 1884. He came here in 1910. His marriage to Freda Volsch took place at Hartford on Dec. 12, 1900. Mrs. Lowell died in 1953, three years after the Lowells observed their golden wedding anniversary.
      Funeral services will be held at the Miller Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday with Dr. F. A. Early officiating, Mrs. C. B. Van Ausdall will be organist, Mrs. Henry Feay, vocalist. George, John, Charles, James and Roger Lowell and Clarence Dahse will be pallbearers. Internment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Survivors are three sons, Charles and George, Sioux Falls, and John, Hartford; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren."

      From “Minnehaha County Historical and Biographic Sketches, 1988”:
      LOWELL, JOHN RUSSELL:
      Born: April 16, 1869, Ostrander, Wisconsin
      Died: December 4, 1956, Woodlawn Sioux Falls, So. Dak.
      Sister, Minnie
      Married Dec. 12 1900 West Wall Lake Church to Freda Voelsch. Freda born in Germany town of Hamburg Freda passed away May 1953 Three children George, Oct. 3, 1901 Married Hazel Miller Nov. 27, 1925 they had three children, James, John, and Robert [sic] John Franklin Lowell March 1, 1906 Wall Lake Township married G. Florence Feyder March 5, 1935.
      Charles Edward Lowell born Nov. 17, 1910 West Sioux Falls always lived on Lincoln Avenue. Married Gertrude Brockhouse May 5, 1938. They had three children Myra, Cheryl, and Russell.
      John Russell Lowell came to So. Dak. 1884. He shipped lumber from Wisconsin to Sioux City, Iowa hauled it to a farm to build their home, by horse and wagon. Farmed until moved to West Sioux March 17, 1910. Hauled rock from West Sioux Quarry to build Paulton building, the Manchester Biscuit Company. Farmed small acreages in West Sioux for feed to care for his livestock. Later he kept a watchful eye for West Sioux Hardware. By Charles Lowell.”, , , , [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I253  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 

    Father John Fairfield LOWELL,   b. 17 May 1837, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1908, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Wealthy Viola FURBUSH,   b. 8 Feb 1844, Rockland, Knox, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1933, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1863  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Land Records.  Lowell, John Fairfield and wife Viola.  Sale of land in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to daughter, Minnie Lowell McCartney, 1899.
    Land Records. Lowell, John Fairfield and wife Viola. Sale of land in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to daughter, Minnie Lowell McCartney, 1899.
    Property sold to Minnie was part of Lot 3 of Block 34 in Bennett's Second Addition to Sioux Falls.
    Headstones
    Lowell, John F.  Cemetery plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Lowell, John F. Cemetery plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Contains graves of John F. Lowell; John F. Lowell's wife, Viola; John F. Lowell's son, John R. Lowell; John R. Lowell's wife, Freda; John F. Lowell's granddaughter, Flora McCartney Luker; and Flora's husband, Benjamin F. Luker II.
    Histories
    Stories.  The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Stories. The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Looks at Minnie Lowell, her marriage to George A. McCartney, and their daughter, Flora Georgia McCartney, and her marriage to Benjamin Luker. Describes both women's decline after the deaths of their husbands, leading to hermit-like existences for both women at their farm west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Family ID F92  Group Sheet

    Family Freda Marie Wilhelmine VOLSCH,   b. 27 Oct 1877, Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1953, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1900  Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. George John LOWELL,   b. 3 Oct 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1993, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. John Franklin “Johnnie” LOWELL,   b. 1 Mar 1906, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1989, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +3. Charles Edward Joachim LOWELL,   b. 17 Nov 1910, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1999, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Photos
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell.  Family.
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell. Family.
    Sitting on the side porch at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Picture taken about 1911. L. to R.: George J. Lowell, oldest son of John R. and Freda; Viola Furbush Lowell, John's mother; John Franklin Lowell, John R. and Freda's middle child; John R. Lowell; Charles Lowell, John R. and Freda's youngest child; and Freda Volsch Lowell.
    Lowell, John R. and male members of his family. August 1936.
    Lowell, John R. and male members of his family. August 1936.
    L. to R.: George J. Lowell; Allen Jones, hired man for Minnie Lowell McCartney; Charles Lowell; John Harvey Lowell, sitting on Charles' shoulders; John Franklin Lowell, in car; G. James Lowell.
    Lowell, John R. and bride, Freda Volsch Lowell.  Wedding portrait.
    Lowell, John R. and bride, Freda Volsch Lowell. Wedding portrait.
    John and Freda married on 12 Dec 1900, in Hartford, South Dakota.
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell 50th Anniversary photograph.
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell 50th Anniversary photograph.
    Taken December 1950. John and Freda were wed on 12 Dec 1900 in Hartford, South Dakota.
    Lowell, John R. and bride, Freda Volsch Lowell.  Wedding portrait.
    Lowell, John R. and bride, Freda Volsch Lowell. Wedding portrait.
    John and Freda were married on 12 Dec 1900 in Hartford, South Dakota.
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell.  Children.
    Lowell, John R. and Freda Volsch Lowell. Children.
    L. to R.: John Franklin, Charles, and George J. Lowell
    Lowell, John Russell, with wife Freda Volsch Lowell, oldest son George John, and grandchildren John Harvey and G. James Lowell. August 1934
    Lowell, John Russell, with wife Freda Volsch Lowell, oldest son George John, and grandchildren John Harvey and G. James Lowell. August 1934
    L. to R. (adults): Freda, George John, John Russell
    L. to R. (children): John Harvey and G. James.
    Lowell, John Russell, wife Freda, grandson G. James, son George J., and grandson John H. (sitting on father's lap)
    Lowell, John Russell, wife Freda, grandson G. James, son George J., and grandson John H. (sitting on father's lap)
    On vacation August 1934 in the Black Hills. Specific locale unknown.
    Histories
    Stories.  The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Stories. The Lowell-McCartney-Luker Women.
    Looks at Minnie Lowell, her marriage to George A. McCartney, and their daughter, Flora Georgia McCartney, and her marriage to Benjamin Luker. Describes both women's decline after the deaths of their husbands, leading to hermit-like existences for both women at their farm west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Albums  1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota (9)
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F86  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1869 - Ostrander, Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Dec 1900 - Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Dec 1956 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Dec 1956 - Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Lowell, John R.
    Lowell, John R.
    Lowell Family, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Four generations.
    Lowell Family, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Four generations.
    Four generations of Lowells (l. to r.) George John Lowell, holding first son, George James; Viola Furbush Lowell (George John's grandmother); and John Russell Lowell (Viola's son and George John's father.) Taken about 1930.
    Lowell, John Russell and grandsons G. James and John Lowell (holding cat)
    Lowell, John Russell and grandsons G. James and John Lowell (holding cat)
    Packing the car during their vacation in August 1934. Specific location unknown.
    Lowell, John R. and son George J. Lowell
    Lowell, John R. and son George J. Lowell
    Photo taken at 1201 N. Lincoln Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after the birth of G. James Lowell in November 1929. John R. Lowell was Jim's paternal grandfather and George J. Lowell was his father.

    Documents
    Death. Lowell, John Russell.  Funeral Home Document.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell. Funeral Home Document.
    Died 5 December 1956, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell.  Newspaper announcement covering last rites.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell. Newspaper announcement covering last rites.
    John R. Lowell died on Wednesday, 5 December 1956. His funeral was held on Saturday, 8 December 1956.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell.  Newspaper obituary.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell. Newspaper obituary.
    Died 5 December 1956.
    Wills.  Lowell, Viola.  Probate documents.
    Wills. Lowell, Viola. Probate documents.
    Wealthy Viola Lowell died on 31 October 1933. Her granddaughter, Flora G. Luker, was appointed Administratix. Final discharge of probate occurred on 13 June 1934. Viola's two children, Minnie Lowell McCartney and John Russell Lowell, inherited Viola's estate.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Delapre Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1900.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Delapre Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1900.
    Farm for John R. Lowell displayed. Township map publication data: Scott, Mark D. Sectional Map of Lincoln County, South Dakota. [Sioux Falls, S. D.: Mark D. Scott, 1900]
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Delapre Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Delapre Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Farm for John R. Lowell displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Lincoln County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the County. Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1910.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Farms for John Fairfield Lowell, John R. Lowell, Charles Voelsch, Mrs. Charles Voelsch, and Joachim Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Minnehaha County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the county. Compiled by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, Assisted in Record Work and Platting by H. M. Avery, Abstractor of Titles, Sioux Falls, So. Dakota. Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Publishers and Engravers, Chicago, 1903.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1913.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1913.
    Farms displayed for John R. Lowell, Viola Lowell, Minnie McCartney, and Joachim Volsch. Township map publication data: Atlas and Plat Book of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Containing... Compiled from Latest Data on Record. Published by Getty & Wagner, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Copyrighted 1913 by The Kenyon Company, Map Makers, Des Moines, Iowa.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1929.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1929.
    Farms for John R. Lowell, Viola Lowell, Minnie McCartney, Max Miller, and Louis Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Atlas and Farmer's Directory of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Containing Plats of All Townships with Owners Names... Compiled from latest data on record. Published by The Farmer, Webb Publishing Company, Publishers, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1929.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street Names
    This 1950s Wall Lake Township Plat Map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the Lowell, Luker, McCartney, Miller, and Volsch family farms.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell.  Newspaper notification of last rites.
    Death. Lowell, John Russell. Newspaper notification of last rites.
    John R. Lowell died on 5 December 1956. Last rites were on 8 December 1956.

    Headstones
    Lowell, John Russell
    Lowell, John Russell

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 02: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 02: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) thunderstorms the previous evening; b) John R. Lowell hauling hay to Sioux Falls to sell; c) the Lowell farms west of Sioux Falls; Joachim Volsch's homestead in Wall Lake township; d) Ray Brockhouse and his cadillac.
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 08: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) more snow stories; b) location of the school house where Grandma and Grandpa attended as children; c) heading to the Lowell farms; d) Uncle Jack's farm; d) John Fairfield Lowell's homestead; e) double rainbow.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Interview while driving to and from a family reunion at Flathead Lake, Montana..

    2. [S3] Interview..

    3. [S6] Driving tour of places where the Lowells and Millers lived..