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John Raymond “Ray” LOWELL

Male 1885 - 1963  (78 years)


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  • Name John Raymond “Ray” LOWELL 
    Born 8 Apr 1885  Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1963  Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 26 Oct 1963  Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Continued with his father’s hardware business.

      World War I Draft Registration Cards:
      Name: John Raymond Lowell
      Residence: 1332 No. Tijan
      Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado
      Age: 33
      Birthdate: April 8, 1885
      Occupation: Manager and Buyer, Retail Hardware Co.
      Lowell ___ Hardware
      Wife: Louisa C. Lowell

      1920 Census: CO: EL Paso Cty, Colorado Springs, ED#68, p. 3 of 21 (indexed incorrectly under John Lawell:
      Lowell, John R., head, owns his home, age 34, born in CO, father and mother born in US, store, hardware;
      Louise, his wife, age 31, born in OH, father and mother born in OH;
      Jane L., their daughter, age 11, single, born in CO, father born in CO, mother born in OH;
      Raymond J., their son, age 7, single, born in CO, father born in CO, mother born in OH.

      1930 Census: CO: El Paso Cty, Colorado Springs, Dist. 6:
      Lowell, John R., head, owns his home valued at $15,000, age 44, first married at age 21, born in CO, father born in ME, mother born in IA, merchant, retail hardware store;
      Louise C., his wife, age 42, first married at age 19, born in OH, father and mother born in OH;
      John R. Jr., their son, age 18, single, born in CO, father born in CO, mother born in OH;
      Jane, their daughter, age 21, single, born in CO, father born in CO, mother born in OH;
      and one servant.

      1940 Census: Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado
      Lowell, Raymond J., head, 54, married, born in Colorado, lived at same address 5 years earlier, manager, hardware;
      Louise C., wife, 52, born in Ohio, lived at same address 5 years earlier, housewife;
      Cool, Jane L., daughter, 31, married, born in Colorado, lived at same address 5 years earlier, housewife.

      SSDI: 552-09-1665, born 8 Apr 1885, died Oct. 1963, Issued CO (before 1951).

      One of four individuals who oversaw the formation of Camp Carson, now Fort Carson, in Colorado. From an article in a book “A Tradition of Victory” published by the Public Affairs Office, Fort Carson, titled “The Birth of Camp Carson”: “J. Raymond Lowell (April 8, 1885 - October 24, 1963) A well-known businessman and native of Blackhawk, Colorado, J. Raymond Lowell’s place on the four-man committee was intended as a political balance. His big challenge was as chairman of the Commerce Businessmen’s Committee. This group represented men whose donations of $28,000 financed the quest for a military installion in Colorado Springs. This was a large sum to come from such a small group during post-depression times. As months went by with no reassurance from Washington, many of the donors had misgivings that their money might be lost. It was Lowell’s job to keep the investors informed on the progress of their investment. His reassurance and un-wavering insistence that all would be well kept troubled waters calm during that worried year.”

      Obituary: Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph (Colorado Springs, Colorado): Friday, Oct 25, 1963:
      "J. R. Lowell, Merchant, Civic Leader Dies
      J. Raymond Lowell, 1410 N. Nevada Ave., retired hardware dealer, banker and civic leader of Colorado Springs, died at 78 Thursday at a local hospital. It was only last year that he retired after 58 years as a partner and later sole operator of the Lowell-Meservey Hardware Co.
      He was an original member of the Military Affairs Committee of the city and was one of the most active of those who worked to bring Ft. Carson here. He was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, was a director of the First National Bank. He was one of the chief promotors of the United Service Organization of Coorado Springs.
      He was a member of Elks Lodge, No. 309; of El Paso Lodge No. 13, AF and AM; was a life member of the El Paso Club, a member of the Broadmoor Golf Club, was a member of the original board of directors of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, a member of the Garden of the Gods Club and had been active in other local organizations and movements. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
      Mr. Lowell was born in Blackhawk, Colo. April 8, 1885. He was brought to Colorado Springs by his parents at the age of 10 and attended local grade schools and the Hotchkiss School at Lakeville, Conn.
      In 1904 he went to work for his father, the late B. F. Lowell, of the local hardware firm of Stark and Lowell, later long [sic] the Lowell-Meservey Hardware Co.
      In 1957 the store was moved from 106 S. Tejon St. to 230 S. Sierra Madre St. For a number of years before his death the business was owned by the Lowell family. In 1962 it was sold to the Crissey Fowler Lumber Co. but the operation of it was continued under its old name.
      Mr. Lowell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Lowell, of Colorado Springs; a daughter, Mrs. Jane L. Cool, Colorado Springs; a son J. R. Lowell Jr., Palm Springs Calif., a granddaughter and two great grand children.
      Private funeral services will be held Saturday. The Rev. John C. Mott will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The Law Mortuary has charge of arrangements."
    Person ID I305  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father Benjamin Franklin LOWELL,   b. 5 Sep 1855, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Clara Lee BRACKETT,   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 
    Family ID F103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louise S. COX,   b. 14 Apr 1887, Leesburg, Highland, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1977, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1906  Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Louise LOWELL,   b. 3 Dec 1908, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1990, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. John Raymond "J. Ray" LOWELL, Jr.,   b. 25 Jan 1912, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 2002, Newport Beach, Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F300  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Apr 1885 - Black Hawk, Gilpin, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jun 1906 - Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Oct 1963 - Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Oct 1963 - Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
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