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Robert Jillson Lowry

To the Memory of Rob. J. Lowry.

The Auburn Courier, the paper of which "Rob" Lowry was editor and proprietor, contains the following fitting tribute to his memory:


With quivering lips and sore heart we make this announcement, and never in our life were we called upon to perform a sadder duty. His death will cause a pang in many a heart and a silent tear to fall from many an eye, for "none knew him but to love him, of hamed him but to praise." To us who, with slight interruption, have been initimately associated with him since the early part of 1877, the first two years on the Bentonville (Ark.) Advance, words are inadequate to even faintly express our sorrow. We knew his many virtues. Better than most people, and we loved him as a brother. When Death reaches out his colkd hands and takes from us one so loved, so kind, so tender, so noble and so true, and one who had so much to live for, we are almost led to doubt the wisdom and justice of such a dispensation. He possessed all those qualities of mind and heart which make a noble, kind, lovable manhood, and his heart was always touched by the beautiful and the good. He loved his friends. Rob, was one of God's gentleman, and as such his memory will ever be cherished by every one who knew him.

Robert Jillson Lowry, only son of Judge Robert Lowry, was born in Goshen, Indiana, February 22, 1854. He died last Monday, September 27, about twelve o'clock, after the most intense suffering from an obstruction of the bowels. He was past his 26th year. When he was quite young the family moved to Chicago where they lived but a short time, and moved to Fort Wayne, where they have ever since resided, and where he was reared. It was there that he received his first lessons in the printing business, in every department of which he had gained great proficiency, and his correctness in all details was wonderful; After a two years sojourn in the south, where he was known as a brilliant writer and a young journalist of more than ordinary promise, he returned home, and on April 1, 1879, purchased a half interest in this paper from Mr. Theodore Reed, and was associated with that gentleman as one of its editors and publishers. Mr. Reed retiring the 20th of last July, the junior partner became sole editor, and proprietor, which position, with its many arduous duties, he ably and faithfully filled to the time of his death. He loved his chosen profession, and had he been permitted to live, would without doubt, have obtained a high position in journalistic ranks.

He professed faith in Christ and said he was willing to die. To-day a vast number of mourners, many from Auburn and other points, followed his remains to Lindenwood cemetery, the beautiful City of the Dead in Fort Wayne, where, with tears and love, they were laid to rest.

Noble Rob! Thou art' gone and forever. No more, will thy manly form be seen on the streets of Auburn; no more will thy familiar voice be heard. In thy death a void is the hearts of loving parents and devoted sisters, as well as in our own, which can never be filled. Farewell! Farewell!

"Bright be the place of thy soul!
No Kindlier spirit than thine,
E;er burst from its mortal control,
In the orbs of the blessed to shine.
On earth thou went tender and kind,
And thy soul shall immortality see;
Thus our sorrows should cease to repine,
When we know that thy God is with thee.

Light be the turf on thy tomb;
May its verdure like emeralds be!
There should not be a shadow of gloom
In aught tat reminds us of thee.
Young flowers and an evergreen tree
May spring from the spot of thy rest;
But no cypress of yew let there be,
For why should we mourn for the blest?

Though called home in man's early prime,
In the Spring-time of life's brightest joy,
Thou hast gained a far lovlierclime,
Ne'er ending bliss time cannot destroy.
Let us ever remember thee, then,
As clothed in perennial youth.
In mansions not builded by men,
But eternal and lasting as Truth."

"Rob" was well known here by nearly the whole home circile of social young people, and by many of the other folks, and his admirable qualities were recognized by all with whom he had an acquaintance, but he was especially endeared to one, an estimable young lady who fondly hoped ere long to join her lot with his forever.

As a slight token of regard for his manhood, several magnificent floral tributes from Valparaiso were sent to beautify his last resting place and somewhat to console his nearest and dearest bereft friends. Those from here who attended his burial were Mrs. D. E. Simons, Mrs. C. R. Talcott, Theo. McClelland, Mrs. M. L. McClelland and daughter Flora. The two last named have since remained as guests of Judge Lowry, father of the deceased, and expect this week to visit Auburn, "Rob's" late home. They will likely return on Saturday.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: October 7, 1880
Volume Number: 24
Issue Number: 41
Page: 2
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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