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Benjamin Franklin LOWELL

Male 1855 - 1920  (64 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Franklin LOWELL 
    Born 5 Sep 1855  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1920  Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "He is a hardware merchant and banker and res. in Colorado Springs, Col."

      Benjamin F. Lowell had a substitute for the Civil War whose name was Patrick Riley, who served in the Army for 3 years, mustering out in March 16, 1865.

      1900 Census: Colorado: El Paso County: Colorado Springs:
      Lowell, Benjamin F., head, Sept. 1855, 44, married for 16 years, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, hardware merchant;
      Clara L., wife, Aug 1867, 32, married for 16 years, has had 2 children, both living, born in IA, father born in MA, mother born in Germany;
      Raymond, son, Apr 1885, 15, single, born in CO, father born in ME, mother born in IA, at school;
      Charlie L., son, Sept 1889, 10, single, born in CO, father born in ME, mother born in IA, at school.

      1910 Census: Colorado: El Paso County: Colorado Springs, 3-wd: p. 23A:
      Lowell, Benjamin F., head, 53, first marriage, married for 26 years, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, hardware merchant;
      Clara L., wife, 42, first marriage, married for 26 years, has had 2 children, both living, born in IA, father and mother born in IA;
      Charley L, son, 21, single, born in CO, father born in ME, mother born in IA;
      plus 2 servants.

      1920 Census: Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado Springs:
      Lowell, Benjamin F. head, rents, 61, married, born in Maine, father & mother born in Maine;
      Clara L., his wife, 50, born in Iowa, father born in Massachusetts, mother born in Illinois;
      Stock, Lena, servant, 44, single, born in Iowa, father born in Germany, mother born in Wisconsin;
      Weismann, John, yardman, 60, single, born in Ohio, father born in Germany, mother born in Alsace Lorraine.

      Had a hardware store in Idaho Springs and then in the early 20s moved to Colorado Springs where he also had a hardware store.

      From "The Weekly Gazette", Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thursday, 19 April, 1906:
      "Mr. and B. F. Lowell [sic] entertained the governor's party, Monday, after the visit to the Deaf and Blind Institute. At luncheon, those enjoying Mr. and Mrs. Lowell's hospitality were Governor and Mrs. Jesse F. McDonald, Mrs. Hager, Mrs. James Williams and Mrs. A. G. Rhodes, all of Denver."

      From the Colorado Springs Gazette: Sunday, July 15, 1906:
      “Card Parties: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell, 727 North Nevada avenue, gave an elaborate card party Thursday evening, complimentary to their son, Mr. J. Raymond Lowell and his bride. There were ten tables and the game enjoyed was six-handed euchre. The pretty prizes were won by Mrs. James P. Shearer and Mr. L. L. Aitken.
      Cards were played in the billiard room which was artistically decorated with Indian paint brush and other wild flowers. In the drawing room, where the guests were welcomed, the flowers were bridesmaid roses and baby’s breath. In the library were daybreak carnations, snapdragons and ferns, and in the dining rooms and reception hall were marguerites and snapdragons mingled with tropical plants.”

      Under the “Society” section of the Colorado Spring Gazette, Dec. 26, 1909:
      “Family Christmas Tree and Dinner: In the pleasant home of Mr.and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell, 727 North Nevada avenue, Christmas day there was an elaborate dinner and Christmas tree participated in by the immediate members of the family.”

      Under the “Society” section of the Colorado Spring Gazette, Dec. 26, 1909:
      “Mr. Charles Lowell, who is a student in the State university at Boulder, is spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell, 727 North Nevada avenue.”

      Under the “Society” section of the Colorado Spring Gazette, June 26, 1910:
      “The dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Matthews were Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell, Mr. Charles Lowell, and Mr. D. P. Leedham.”

      Under the “Society” section of the Colorado Spring Gazette, June 25, 1911:
      “The season at Broadmoor hotel and casino was most auspiciously inaugurated Thursday evening...Among the many others enjoying the evening were...Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell, Mr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Lowell...”

      Under “Personal Mention” from the Colorado Spring Gazette, Dec. 25, 1913:
      “Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley of Iowa are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Lowell.”

      Obituary: Colorado Springs Gazette, Sunday, April 25, 1920:
      "BENJAMIN F. LOWELL PNEUMONIA VICTIM
      Pioneer Hardware Merchant Dies at Home; Had Been Ill for Some Time
      B. F. Lowell, an old resident and one of the best known merchants of Colorado Springs, died early last evening at his home, 1615 North Cascade Avenue, from pneumonia, which he contracted several days ago. He had been in poor health for more than a year.
      Mr. Lowell, who would have been 65 years of age next October, was born in Chesterville, Me., and had been a reident of Colorado Springs for 25 years, coming here from Black Hawk, Colo., where he conducted a hardware store. At the time of his death he owned the controlling interest in the Lowell-Meservey Hardware company of this city, tho for the last three years he had not devoted any time to the management of the firm, delegating the task to his son, J. Ray Lowell. His former partner, A. B. Meservey, died eight years ago.
      Mr. Lowell was one of the directors of the First National bank, and a member of the Masons and Elks, of the El Paso club and of the Colorado Springs and Broadmoor Golf clubs. A son, Charles Lowell, is the owner of a hardware store in Fort Collings, Colo., and Mr. Lowell and his two sons also had a hardware store in Idaho Springs. He is survivied by his wife and two [continuation of article not scanned]"

      News Article: Denver Post, Friday, April 30, 1920, Denver, Colorado:
      "B.F. LOWELL LEFT $140,000 ESTATE
      Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30. J. Ray Lowell has been named administrator for the estate of his father, B. F. Lowell, who died last Saturday. The estate, the inventory shows, is valued at $140,000. Lowell owned hardware stores in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. The heirs are the widow and two sons, J. R. Lowell of this city and C. L. Lowell of Fort Collings." [1]
    Person ID I302  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father William Franklin LOWELL,   b. 17 Feb 1828, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1878, Newport, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Clarinda “Clara” Helen PETERSON,   b. 30 May 1831, New Portland, Somerset, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1899, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1854  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F99  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clara Lee BRACKET,   b. 21 Aug 1867, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 28 May 1884  Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Raymond “Ray” LOWELL,   b. 8 Apr 1885, Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1963, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Charles L. LOWELL,   b. 6 Sep 1888, Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1934  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Sep 1855 - Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 May 1884 - Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1920 - Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).