Biography of Joseph E. Lowery, M. D.
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Joseph E. Lowery, M. D. As a competent physician and surgeon Doctor Lowery has been known in Champaign County for a number of years. He began practice over thirty years ago, his early experience in the profession being in the State of Iowa.
Doctor Lowery is a native of Stark County, Ohio, where he was born November 13, 1861. His parents, Joseph and Mary (Simmons) Lowery, were natives of Pennsylvania. His father was a farmer and school teacher. In 1869 the family located in McLean County, Illinois, and in 1882 went to Greene County, Iowa, where Joseph Lowery died in 1888 and his wife 1893. They were the parents of eight children: Frances, Wesley W. and Warren W., all deceased; Walter W., a farmer at Oxford, Nebraska; Nancy, wife of William Fleetwood, of Nebraska; Alice, wife of Dr. A. C. Allbright, of Danville, Illinois; Joseph E.; and Minnie Florence, deceased.
Doctor Lowery spent most of his early life on his father’s farm in McLean County, Illinois. Besides the advantages of the country schools he attended the high school at Lexington, Illinois, and subsequently took up the study of medicine in the State University of Iowa City. He was graduated M. D. from Drake University at Des Moines in 1885, and the following year he practiced at Waukee and another year at Rippy, Iowa.
Returning to Illinois, Doctor Lowery practiced five years in McLean County, and after that was identified with a growing professional business at Foosland in Champaign County. In 1902 he removed to Homer, where he has had a large general practice as a physician and surgeon for the past fifteen years. Doctor Lowery is a good business man, and is the owner of two drug stores in Danville, his son Joseph being active manager of these stores. Doctor Lowery is a Republican in politics.
September 12, 1889, he married Georgia Leake, a native of Bloomington, Illinois. Their only child is Joseph C., of Danville.