FREDERICK W. LOWE, M. D.
Although one of the younger representatives of the medical profession in Stanislaus County, Dr. Lowe is enjoying a large and lucrative practice as a physician and surgeon. His years seem no bar to his success, for he has prepared himself carefully for the discharge of the important duties which devolve upon him, and his skill and ability, both natural and acquired, have enabled him to capably minister to the needs of the sick and suffering at Knights Ferry and through the adjoining country.
The Doctor was born at Knights Ferry, on the 8th of September, 1870, and is a son of Dr. James Humble Lowe, one of the early physicians of Stanislaus County, where for many years he practiced with splendid success. He was born in Louisiana on the 20th of June, 1836, and was graduated from the medical department of the State University of Louisiana in 1858. He then engaged in practice in his native state and during the Civil War served as surgeon in the Confederate army. He was wounded by the explosion of a shell, but recovering he remained at his post of duty until the cessation of hostilities. After the close of the war he engaged in the practice of medicine and in the raising of cattle in Louisiana until 1868, when he determined to take up his abode in California, arriving at Knights Ferry in February of that year. For thirty-two years he was an honored and valued member of the medical fraternity of Stanislaus County. In the early days he rode on horseback forty or fifty miles to minister to the suffering people of the community, never refusing to respond to a call no matter what hardships were entailed thereby. Added to his excellent ability and careful preparation his was a very generous and noble spirit which prompted him to put aside all personal wishes when his fellow men needed his professional services. He responded as freely to the call of the poor as to the rich, never stopping to consider whether he would receive remuneration for his services. He won the love and respect of many and his memory is enshrined in the hearts of a very large circle of friends. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and his life exemplified its benevolent principles. On the 16th of October, 1900, he was called to his final rest and his loss was deeply and sincerely mourned throughout his portion of the state.
Dr. James Lowe had been happily married on the 18th of November, 1869, to Miss Hulla Maria Kapplemann, a native of Germany, but reared in Wisconsin. Their union was blessed with four sons, all of whom are living, and the good wife still survives her husband, residing in a nice home which he had provided for her in Knights Ferry. The sons are well known in business circles and are as follows: Frederick W., whose name heads this record; Eugene, who is chief electrician on the United States gunboat, Castine; Milus O., who is an engineer; and C. D., who is in the railway postal service, his route being between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Dr. Frederick W. Lowe of this review is the eldest of the family. His common school education was supplemented by a course in the University of California and he was graduated from its medical department on the 13th of December, 1892. For a year he was in the United States Marine Hospital and the Presidio. He then returned to his home in Knights Ferry and joined his father in practice, the association between them continuing until the latter’s death. Dr. Lowe has since carried on the work laid down by his father and is the only physician in the town. While in the hospital he gave special attention to surgery and is particularly well qualified in that branch of his chosen work, but he engaged in general practice with excellent success. A member of the Masonic fraternity he belongs to the blue lodge, was one of the charter members, and is past patron of the Eastern Star. In politics he is a Democrat, prominent in the work of his party and is now serving on the Democratic county central committee. He is a member of the board of school trustees of the town in which he was born and in which he still makes his home, and as a citizen he has ever been public-spirited and progressive, giving his support to all measures calculated to prove of public benefit along social, moral, material and intellectual lines.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.