Memorable Manitobans: Robert Newton Lowery (1882-1962)
Born at Detroit, Michigan on 13 July 1882, son of Edward Lowery and Christina Elizabeth Maguire (c1858-1890), he came to Winnipeg in 1883 and was educated at public schools. He then commenced a career as a Canadian Pacific Railway employee, later an accountant with George Peck & Company, from 1901 to 1904. By 1911, he was Manager of the real estate firm of Lowery Brothers, situated at 925 Main Street, Winnipeg. He later worked as a building contractor, retiring from business in 1959.
On 29 September 1908, he married Margaret Gertrude Bowman (1888-1967) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Gertrude Maude Lowery (1911-2000), Dorothy Margaret Lowery (1914-1994, wife of Alexander Matheson and Kenneth MacQuarrie), and Robert Newton “Bob” Lowery. He was a member of the Canadian Club, AF & AM (King Edward Lodge), and John Black Memorial United Church. He was interested in all outdoor sports. After being defeated in the 1914 provincial general election for the Winnipeg North constituency, he was elected in 1915. He was defeated in the 1920 general election.
Marriage registration [Margaret Gertrude Bowman, Robert Newton Lowery], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Birth registrations [Gertrude Maude Lowery, Dorothy Margaret Lowery], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1917.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Marriage registration [Dorothy Margaret Lowery, Alexander Matheson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1927, page 49.
Obituary [Margaret Gertrude Lowery], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1967, page 28.
Death registration [Dorothy Margaret MacQuarrie], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Dorothy MacQuarrie], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1994, page 39.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 November 2023