Memorable Manitobans: Robert Newton Lowery (1882-1962)
Real estate agent, building contractor, MLA (1916-1920).
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 Gertrude Margaret Bowman (?-?) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Gertrude Maude Lowery (1911-?), Dorothy Margaret Lowery (1914-?, wife of Alexander Matheson), and Robert Newton 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.
He died at Winnipeg on 27 April 1962 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. At the time of his death, he lived at 734 Kildonan Drive, Winnipeg.
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.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
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.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 March 2023