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Lowe, Samuel
B: 13 Aug 1851, Charlottetown, PEI
C: 16 Nov 1851, Charlottetown, PEI by Rev. L. C. Jenkins, St. Paul's Anglican Church.
D: 14 Dec 1926, Charlottetown, PEI
M: 05 May 1880, Mary Ellen Stramberg, dau of Nathaniel Philip Stramberg and Elizabeth "Eliza" Hudson. Mary b. 16 Jan 1860, Milton, PEI, Christened 22 Jul 1860, Milton, PEI, d. 23 Mar 1923, in Charlottetown, PEI, and buried Charlottetown, PEI. She was baptized by I. S. Smith in St. John's Anglican Church.

FN: William Lowe, Jr.
MN: Eliza Sentner

Article from the Charlottetown Morning Guardian 15 Dec 1926, Page 3:

Passing of Mr. Samuel Lowe

Mr. Samuel Lowe, one of the best known citizens of Charlottetown passed away at his residence, corner of Hillsboro and Euston Streets, at 6:45 yesterday morning.

He had reached his 76th year. Until four years ago he enjoyed robust health and manly vigor. Then he was stricken with illness and laid aside from the active duties of life. Although able to move about the house yet, it was evident that his days of activity were over.

Ten days ago, Mr. Lowe took a weak turn, and he steadily, notwithstanding all that could be done, grew weaker, until his death opened the portal for his departure to the Better Land.

The late Mr. Lowe was born in Charlottetown, a son of William Lowe and Eliza Sentner. He was a contractor and builder, and his two sons, namely, Samuel and Henry, followed in his footsteps, and engaged in the same occupation.

The name of Lowe Brothers is known amongst our builders and people generally. Many fine structures and houses innumerable here testify to their skill as contractor and builders, their honesty and integrity in business, and they will stand as lasting monuments to their memory while the capital of the province endures.

Mr. Samuel Lowe not only was a builder in a material sense, but he was also a builder of character. He enjoyed the friendship and regard of all, and deservedly so. He was that type of citizen of which any community might well be proud.--- a prominent Mason, a Son of England, a member of the Odd Fellows, and also an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In his daily walk and conversation he exemplified the genuine Christian.

His wife predeceased him nearly four years ago. From this union were born: Horace, Manager of the Bank of Rainy River, Ontario, Samuel, now farming at Lake Saskatoon, Alberta, Mrs. E.J. Duffy and Miss Eleanor Lowe, teacher at Prince of Wales College, both of Charlottetown. Three sons have passed away, John, Will and Vernon. John, who was a member of the First Mounted Rifles in the Canadian Forces, was killed in the War. One brother is also left, Mr. Henry C. Lowe.

Thus, one by one the older residents of our fair city are being numbered with the great majority. They have left us legacies of useful lives and memories that they ever laboured in the great Task Master's eye.

Among the buildings erected by Lowe Brothers in this city are the following:-- Cameron Block, The Desbrisay Block, owned by Hon. George E. Hughes, St. Paul's Church, Rectory and Parish Hall, Bank of Montreal, The Royal Bank, Central Christian Church, Heartz Memorial Hall, Fennel & Chandler's Store, Hodgson Memorial Chapel, Davis & Fraser's Cold Storage Plant, Protestant Orphanage, St. James' Manse, D. Gordon Block, Prince of Wales College, brick warehouse and large addition to Roger's Hardware Store, and residences of the Manager of the Bank of Montreal, Mrs. John Richards, James Paton, Arthur Peake, Alex. Scott, Mrs. Duff, Wilfred Boulter, the late C.D. Rankin, George E. Hughes, Gordon Hughes, and many others.


The funeral of the late Samuel Lowe was held from his late residence 238 Hillsboro Street, leaving the house at 2:15 for St. Paul's Church. The Masons and Sons of England preceded the hearse, which was followed by a large concourse. The pallbearers were: Messrs. S. P. Paoli; H. Dingwell, W. P. Doull, K. J. Martin, Norman Campbell and W. B. Robertson. In the absence of the Rev. H. D. Raymond, Rector of St. Paul's, the service was taken by the Rev. Canon Malone of St. Peter's Cathedral, assisted by Mr. F. C. Johnson, lay reader in charge of Milton Parish. Interment was in the People's Cemetery.

He was baptized by Reverend Louis C. Jenkins.

He was a partner in the H&S Lowe building company with his brother Henry in Charlottetown.

Article from the magazine, The Canadian Architect And Builder, Regular Edition, Vol. XIV.--No.1, January, 1901:

MESSRS. H. & S. LOWE, CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. "Among the largest building firms in the maritime provinces is that of H. & S. Lowe, of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and they are now by far the largest in that province.

Mr. Wm. Lowe came to the island in 1830 from his native home in Norfolk, Eng. He had learned his trade in the old country, and took up building when he arrived.

His two sons, whose portraits we publish with this article, learned their trade with him and went into partnership 25 years ago. Mr. Henry C. Lowe is the senior of the firm and is 52 years of age. His brother Samuel Lowe, is but two years younger.

Both are married, and live in a pleasant new double residence most comfortably finished and tastefully furnished, on the corner of Hillsboro and Heuston (should be Euston) streets.

The firm has enlarged its business from time to time, until it now employs a large number of men permanently. They are intending to acquire in the spring a large and well equipped wood-working plant in the city, which will give them much better facilities.

They have constructed some of the largest and most important buildings in the province. Some that might be mentioned are the Cameron Block on the south side of Queen's Square; the Rogers building, Queen St.; St. Paul's Anglican church, in Queen's Square; and the brick Roman Catholic church at Fort Augustus, which cost $20, 000. The two first named were done in the past two years. They remodelled the interiors of the First Methodist and St. James' Presbyterian churches in the city, and have erected a large number of fine residences in the immediate vicinity of their own home. They were the builders of the pork packing buildings, which they secured in a contract of $50,000. The contract for these structures, which were briefly described in the December issue of the CANADIAN ARCHITECT AND BUILDER, was signed in May, 1897, and they were turned over complete in November of that year.

Last summer the firm erected nine dwelling houses, a brick church, an extension to the Davies Hotel, an hotel at Stanhope, and other buildings. The Stanhope hotel, which was of wood and cost $6000, was wanted for the tourist trade. It was put up, plastered, painted and turned over for use in 21 days.

Work was recently begun on enlargements and repairs to the city drill shed which will cost about $10,000. The firm are now completing a residence for E.H. Beer which is costing $2,000; also one for Robert Palmer at same cost. They have just begun work on the new Apothecaries' hall or Desbrisay building, which is a $14,000 contract. The firm feel confident that building will be good during the coming summer and are preparing for good orders.

From The Guardian:


Mrs. Samuel Lowe

Mr. Samuel Lowe and family will have the deep sympathy of all in the death of Mrs. Lowe as previously announced, occurred last Friday evening.

Mrs. Lowe, who was 62 years of age, had been an invalid for the past eighteen years, and she passed away peacefully as one who falleth asleep.

She was a most estimable Christian lady of admirable qualities of mind and heart.

She was a member of St. Paul's Church and before her illness took a leading part in its various activities.

Her maiden name was Mary Ellen Stramberg and she was a daughter of the late N. P. Stramberg, the well known musician.

She leaves to mourn besides a sorrowing husband, two sons, Horace, Manager of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Elgin, Manitoba. Samuel Rankin of Lake Saskatoon, Alberta, and two daughters Mrs. E.J. Duffy at Caney Kansas and Miss Elinor (sic) at home. She is survived by one brother Philip in Australia, and three sisters, Mrs. William MacCallum of St. Eleanors, Miss Anne Stramberg and Mrs. Samuel Burns of Somerville, Mass: also a half brother James Stramberg in Charlottetown and a half sister, Mrs. Leonard Fraser, Winnipeg.

Her son Horace is expected home on Wednesday night and the funeral will likely be held on Thursday next.

To the bereaved relatives, the Guardian extends deep and sincere sympathy.

Buried: People's Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was not physically well during the latter part of her married life, having suffered a stroke at about age 45. Her sister Elizabeth Stramberg (Aunt Lizzie to her nephews and nieces), spent a lot of time in the Lowe household nursing Mary Ellen and helping to raise the Lowe children.

Children of Samuel Lowe and Mary Ellen Stramberg:

i. William Henry "Will" Lowe
B: 29 Dec 1880, Charlottetown, PEI
C: 22 Dec 1882, Charlottetown, PEI. He was baptized by Rev. K. MacLennan, at the same time as his brother Vernon, at St. James Church.
D: Abt 1916.

ii. Vernon Lowe
B: 17 Feb 1882, Charlottetown, PE, CAN, was christened on 22 Dec 1882 in Charlottetown, PEI, died on 7 Feb 1905 in Charlottetown, PE, CAN and was buried in Charlottetown, PE, CAN.

iii. Horace Haszard "Horrie" Lowe, born 19 Feb 1884 in Charlottetown, PEI, died on 15 Dec 1978 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada and was buried 20 Dec 1978 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
M: 01 Sep 1909, Ethel Gregg Fawcett

iv. Samuel Rankin "Sam" Lowe, born 15 Nov 1885 in Charlottetown, PEI, was christened, 24 Feb 1889 in Charlottetown, PEI, died 23 Mar 1954 in Edmonton, AB, Canada and was buried in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

v. Marion Elizabeth Lowe, born 28 Jan 1891 in Charlottetown, PEI, died on 10 May 1960 in Charlottetown, PEI and was buried in Charlottetown, PEI.

vi. John James "Jack" Lowe, born 04 Aug 1892 in Charlottetown, PEI, died on 26 Jul 1917 in FRA and was buried in Grenay, FRA.

Attestation Papers of John James Lowe

Burial note: Memorial inscription on headstone of Samuel Lowe family, People's Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI, reads "In Proud and Loving Memory of John James Lowe 1st Can. M.R. Born Aug.4 1892 Killed in Action July 26 1917 Buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France." He never married.