I found this clipping of one Lizzie Wright Lowe who was born on the 5th of MARCH 1852 • Parish of Aughnamellen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and decided to see what the rest of her story was. She was the daughter of George LOWE & Elsie ROBERTSON in Carleton Place. Mr. Lowe was born in Scotland but spent some time in Ireland whence he came to Canada and settled in Perth initially coming to Carleton Place a quarter century ago to occupy the position of station master on the old B.&Q. ( see more below about George Lowe).
In 1877 Osmond HIGMAN, 26, telegraph operator, England, Ottawa, s/o John HIGMAN & Jane BRAY, married Lizzie Wright LOWE, 21, Ireland, Carleton Place, d/o George LOWE & Elsie ROBERTSON. The witnesses were D. Y. LOWE of Carleton Place & Charlotte McQUEEN of Brockville, 2 Jan 1877 at Carleton Place.
I searched long and hard for details and it wasn’t until I found her obituaries that her story came out. In 1946 when she passed, she was lauded as the grand dame of Christian Science in Ottawa.
In 1931 their granddaughter Lois Higman was married in Ottawa and was given away by Mr and Mrs Ormond Higman Sr. as both her parents had passed. After research I found out her father Ormond Higman Jr. (Lizzie’s son) had died in Point Grey B.C. in 1918 at 38.
The 1911 census shows the Higman Jr. household at 2455 Cornwall Ave. to include: Catherine Irene (widow-42), and their children Lois Catherine (13), Margaret Elizabeth (11) and Dorothy Orma (8). Her mother Catherine died in 11 Aug 1927 • Vancouver, British Columbia at age of 48.
Daughter of George LOWE & Elsie ROBERTSON,
5259-77 Osmond HIGMAN, 26, telegraph operator, England, Ottawa, s/o John HIGMAN & Jane BRAY, married Lizzie Wright LOWE, 21, Ireland, Carleton Place, d/o George LOWE & Elsie ROBERTSON, witn: D. Y. LOWE of Carleton Place & Charlotte McQUEEN of Brockville, 2 Jan 1877 at Carleton Place
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Nov 1933, Thu • Page 3
George Lowe, a seventy year old resident of Carleton Place: (July 1884) (father of Lizzie Lowe)
“This day twenty years ago I came to Carleton Place, near the close of the Civil War. At that time property was of little value. I took charge of the railway station as station master. The only industries in the place were the grist mill, run by Mr. Bolton, Allan McDonald’s carding mill, Brice McNeely’s tannery and the saw mill run by Robert Gray, with one circular saw. David Findlay’s foundry was just starting.
The lead mines were about closing down then. Twenty years ago it may be said there was no such thing as employment here for anyone and, strange as it seems, no one seemed to wish for work. Their wants were few, and those wants seemed to be soon supplied.
July 25, 1890 Perth Courier
On Tuesday afternoon George Lowe of Carleton Place passed peacefully and without pain after an illness of several years at age 76.
The Central Canadian says: “The report of the death came with something of a shock to the citizens though the news from the bedside was never very encouraging during the last few weeks. Mr. Lowe was born in Scotland but spent some time in Ireland whence he came to Canada and settled in Perth initially coming to Carleton Place a quarter century ago to occupy the position of station master on the old B.&Q.
This berth he held for many years, discharging its many intricate and important duties with ability and courtesy and continuing to rise in esteem as the business expanded. He was the local master spirit of those trying years and never hesitated in the march of progress. He was a capital companion in hours of recreation, seldom silent from lack of foods, which supplied anecdotes, stories or histories which he could scorch to a blister with a satire to heal sore spirits with a medicated sentence.
During his long term of railway service he saved with abundance to keep him and his devoted partner in splendid circumstances all through their decline. There were two sons and four daughters George and Archie, Mrs. Simon McViety, Mrs. Gonigle, and Mrs. Higman. Maggie died years ago in the bloom of girlhood and is still remembered by many people. The funeral took place on Thursday, 24th inst. at 1:00 to Cram’s Cemetery.
Granddaughter of Lizzie Wright Lowe Higman