FRANK LOWE, who operates the old home farm, in Eden township, was born there August 19, 1866. He is a son of Frederick and Mary (Chaffin) Lowe, the latter still a resident of Benton county. Frederick Lowe, who died November 28, 1905, at his home in the southern part of Vinton, was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, March 12, 1834, and was a son of Frederick and Rebecca (Demott) Lowe, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Kentucky. They came to Benton county, Iowa, in 1857, and resided there until the death of Mr. Lowe in the latter eighties; his wife accompanied a son to Clarion, Wright county, Iowa, and died in 1891, in her ninety-second year, about the same age as her husband. At the time of her death she was twice great-grandmother, and had one hundred and fourteen descendants.
Frederick Lowe, Sr., had four sons and two daughters, of whom four are living, namely: John, of Hancock, Pottawatomie county, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Adair, who lives in northern Iowa; Richard, of Cimarron, Gray county, Kansas; and Dorothy, wife of John Lemmons, of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Samuel, the eldest, also died in Iowa.
Frederick Lowe, Jr., came with his family to Franklin, Johnson county, Indiana, about 1843, and removed to Iowa soon after 1850. In 1860 he married, at Portsmouth, Ohio, Mary Chaffin, born in Scioto county, Ohio, April 26, 1834, daughter of Shedrick and Sarah (Salarda) Chaffin, who lived during their married life in Scioto county, Ohio; Shedrick Chaffin died there at the age of eighty-seven years, and his wife died in 1840. He was twice married, and had fourteen children of whom seven came to Iowa, and at one time six lived in Benton county. A brother and a half brother live in California; a half-sister lives in Ohio. Samuel S. Chaffin lived many years in Eden township, Benton county, and died in 1909 in Missouri. David Chaffin, formerly a resident of Benton county, now lives in California, as previously mentioned. Mrs. Lowe was reared in Ohio, and in 1857 went to Benton county, Iowa; two years later she returned home and was there married, since which she has resided on the farm in Eden township. Frederick Lowe and his wife were parents of six children, all born on the old home in Benton county, and all living: A. L., Emma, Frank, Charles, Lovina and George. A. L. Lowe, a farmer and stock raiser, of Chillicothe, Missouri, married Clara Miller, and they have four children. Emma married Reverend F. P. Shaffer, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Osage, Iowa, and they have three children, Yera, Lloyd and Lysle. Charles, a fruit grower living near San Jose, California, married Minnie Pritchard, of Tipton, Iowa. Lovina, married G. W. Searles, a farmer of Minnesota, and they have four children, Waldo, Bessie, Rosemary and Mildred. George lives in Chicago, where he has for years been employed as a railroad stenographer. Politically Mr. Lowe was a Republican, and he served in various local offices. Mrs. Lowe is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Eden township.
Frank Lowe was reared in Benton county, and there attended Blairstown Academy and Walker High School. He has since followed farming most of the time, although he was temporarily employed in other business. He resided some ten years in Benton township, and served several years as justice of the peace. Like his father, he is a Republican, and he has served in township offices. He is an energetic and successful farmer, and well known in the community, where the family have been located since 1861.
Mr. Lowe married Mabel, daughter of John H. Detrick, an old resident of the county, and they have three children, Bernice, Harold Wayne and Jessie Lucile.