Richard C. Lowman, M. D., one of the surgeons of St. Margaret's Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., was born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, Jan. 5, 1867. He is of German descent, being the son of George W. and Mary V. (McGaughey) Lowman. The first members of the Lowman family came from the Fatherland at an early day and settled in Pennsylvania. George Lowman enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment at the outbreak of the Civil war. His regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and he had his arm shot off at the skirmish of Manassas Junction. He later studied medicine and came to Kansas in 1869, locating at Perry, where he taught school for a year, then moved to Elk Falls and took up a claim. In 1871 he removed to Oskaloosa and became register of deeds, which position he held for six years. For some years he engaged in the practice of the medical profession, but gave it up to become deputy register of deeds, which office he now holds. In politics he is a stanch Republican. Dr. Lowman's mother is a broad minded, capable woman, who takes an active interest in city and national affairs. She had the honor of being elected mayor of Oskaloosa in 1890, being the first woman to hold such a position in the United States. Dr. Lowman received his academic education in the public schools of Oskaloosa; studied one year at Holton, Kan., and then taught school for two years. He decided to devote his life to the medical profession and entered the Kansas City Medical College, where he received his degree in 1890. Dr. Lowman graduated with honors, receiving a prize of $100 for high standing in his medical work. He at once opened an office in Kansas City, Kan., and soon had a gratifying practice. Almost immediately he was appointed surgeon of the Union Pacific shops, which position he still holds. He is one of the surgeons of St. Margaret's Hospital and was police surgeon for fifteen months. The Doctor is a member of the county, state and American Medical societies, and has been president of the county medical association. He is a member of The Masonic fraternity, being a Knight Templar.
In 1895 Dr. Lowman married Louie E. Morgan, the daughter of Judson A. Morgan, who was born and reared in New York. Mr. Morgan served in the Union army during the Civil war and came to Kansas in 1885. He has been a farmer and also traveled for some mercantile houses. At the present time he resides in Oskaloosa. Five children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Lowman: Roger W., Marion R., Mary L. and Margaret E., who are in school, and Richard C., who is an infant. Dr. Lowman has a large and profitable practice and is well known as one of the successful operating surgeons of Kansas City, Kan.Pages 1517-1518 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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