Obit: Lowe, Joseph (1856 - 1927)
Surnames: LOWE RAAS RUNKLE WEEKS
----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 01/20/1927
Lowe, Joseph (18 JAN 1856 - 12 JAN 1927)
After an illness of several months duration, Joseph Lowe died Jan. 12, 1927 at West Palm Beach, Florida. The remains were brought home, arriving here on Saturday evening. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the chapel of the Lowe undertaking parlors, Rev. Longenecker officiating. Interment was made at Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., services being conducted at the grave by the Odd Fellow Fraternity, of which deceased had been a life-long member. The M. W. A. also attended in a body.
J. B. Lowe was born at Lancashire, England, on Jan. 18, 1856. With his parents he came to America when he was a year old, they settling at Lonsdale, Rhode Island. In 1865 they moved to a farm in Jackson Co., Wis. and at the age of 20 years Mr. Lowe commenced to teach in a district school.
Mr. Lowe was married Jun 1, 1881 to Mary Raas, and they continued to live on a farm and he to teach in school until in 1885, when he embarked in the meat business. Mr. Lowe operated this line of business for about a year, when he and his family came to Neillsville and he began work in the Lowe Brothers market. He worked for them until in 1888, when he bought the business and building of D. Roberts as a fruit and confectionery store. He closed out that business and embarked in the furniture and undertaking business, and which continued to be his work until his death. For the past year Mr. Lowe had been failing in health and he and his wife went to Florida last winter in the hope that a change of climate would be beneficial to him.
Deceased was one of the deans of Neillsville businessmen. He built up a fine business by close application and by a kindly and genial disposition. He was enterprising in the things that made for Neillsville's growth and took a deep interest in all public affairs. Joe was a great "visitor" and delighted in discussing general affairs with those who came into the store or whom he met in a casual manner. He had a great fund of humor and as a result his life was one of happiness and contentment, and his demise will be sincerely mourned by his many friends and associates.
Mr. Lowe is survived by his wife; his son, Herbert, and his daughters, Mrs. E. Runkle of Waukesha, Mrs. F. T. Weeks of Neillsville and Miss Nan Lowe, who teaches at Milwaukee.
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