Biography of David H. Lowry

Characterized by public spirit, enterprise, and keen business ability, being withal a man of excellent qualities and actuated with a since of high honor in his relations, it is fitting that the subject of this article be accorded a prominent position in the history of Nez Perces County. Mr. Lowry is the man who has really thought out the problem of successfully locating a town and has given practical exemplification to his plans and ideas in the thrifty and stirring village of Dublin. This town was platted on June 1. 1900, and they have two substantial stores, a flour mill of sixty barrels capacity, good blacksmith shop, other enterprises and a fine hotel building. The town has an abundant supply of pure water, an important item which few other towns can boast of in this section. Mr. Lowry gave the Northern Pacific right of way and station ground on his land, it being selected by that company. He has offered free lots for school and Church buildings and is a strong supporter of these things.

David H. Lowry was born in Ireland, on February 22, 1856, being the son of Hugh and Ann (McKelvey) Lowry. The father was born in Ireland on June 21, 1817, and died on January 4, 1890. He came to the United States in 1870 and settled in Lincoln County, Missouri. The mother was born in Ireland in 1830, and died in April, 1892.

Our subject was educated in Ireland and came to the United States with his parents when he was fourteen. He worked with his father on the farm, later went to Jackson County, Missouri, and farmed prosperously for seven years, after which he came to Lewiston. He farmed in the Genesee country and was on the Sound and in various employments until 1895, when the reservation opened and he selected his present place, upon which the town of Dublin is situated. Mr. Lowry has given his attention to general farming and handling his other lines of business, in all of which he has met with success. He has fourteen brothers, six of whom are living. John, Henry I., William P., Robert M., James, George.

Mr. Lowry has been a member of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W. In 1900 he was elected justice of the peace, but refused to qualify. He is an active Democrat and a potent influence that helped to carry the precinct for that ticket notwithstanding the land slide of the other precincts. He is skillful in raising the excellent English Berkshires and the Poland Chinas, having the best strains in the west.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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