Biography - John Lowry

John Lowry, one of the promising young business men of Fairland, where he has been extensively engaged in buying grain since 1896, was born in the county of Tipperary, Ireland, in 1858, a son of John and Margaret (Nolan) Lowry, who were born in the same county. His father settled in Champaign county on a farm in the vicinity of Fairland in 1871, and was engaged in farming up to the time of his death, in 1874.
John Lowry was reared and educated in the country and was engaged in farming up to the time he became engaged in his present business, then becoming a member of the firm of Lowry & Hanson. They buy on an average about five hundred thousand bushels of corn and oats annually. He is now building a new elevator and making other improvements in connection with his business.
In 1887 our subject was married to Miss Nelly Ryan, a native of Will county, Illinois. They have five children; Maggie, George, Kittie, Maud and Paul. Mr. Lowry's business interests at Fairland are gradually extending, and he is becoming to be recognized as one of the village's most successful business men. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land two miles and a quarter north of town, one hundred and sixty acres in Edwards county, Kansas, and several houses in the village. He is public spirited and generally lends a helping hand to any cause or enterprise which is intended to add to the material, moral and social interests of Fairland.

Extracted 12 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, page 159.

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