"John O. Lowe, D. D. S. It may be said of Dr. John O. Lowe, mayor of the city of Oakley, Idaho, that he is one of the fortunate men of the Northwest. He was fortunate in having a good parentage, a fair endowment of intellect and feeling, a liberal education, in attaching himself to one of the learned professions, and, above all, fortunate in casting his lot with the people of Oakley at a time when the city's enterprises were at their fullest tide of development, and under circumstances which enabled him to co-operate in its material growth, without that engrossment of time and faculty which hinders the fullest indulgence of the intellectual faculty. While he has borne a fair share of the labors of professional and public life, accomplishing not less for the public welfare than for his own advantage, he has at the same time preserved his love for his profession, his pursuit of manly and invigorating pastimes and his indulgence in the amenities of a refined and cultured life.
"Dr. Lowe was born at Willard, Utah, September 4, 1877, and is a son of John and Annie (Ward) Lowe, who now reside at Ward, Idaho, a town named in honor of the old pioneer family of Ward, who originally emigrated from England. Dr. Lowe's parents came to Idaho in 1880, and his father is now engaged in ranching and stock raising in Cassia county, where he is also prominent in Republican politics, having served for some time as county commissioner. He also has numerous business interests and is a stockholder in the Farmers and Commercial Bank of Oakley. Eight children were born to John and Annie Lowe, of whom all are residents of Cassia county except Dr. Charles R. Lowe of Kankakee, Illinois. The others are: Jarvis, a merchant and rancher of Burley, Idaho; Dr. John O.; Sylvester T., a city attorney of Burley, who also maintains offices in Oakley; Miss May, a teacher in the public schools of Oakley; Miss Meda, who resides with her parents; Asael, who is engaged in ranching in Cassia county; and Irene, who is a student of the Albion State Normal school, at Albion, Idaho.
"John O. Lowe received his early education in the district schools of Cassia county, following which he attended the Albion State Normal school. He then took up the work of educator, but had taught in the schools of Cassia county for only one year when the outbreak of the Spanish-American war caused him to enlist with the Idaho Volunteers. Joining the regular army, the regiment was sent to the Philippines, and there Mr. Lowe saw a year of active fighting. Among the battles in which he was a participant were the battle of Manila; the battle of Santa Anna, February 4 and 5, 1899; battle of Caloocan, February loth and nth; the engagement at Guadeloupe, February 16th and I7th; Santa Cruz expedition, April 8th to I7th, including the skirmish during the advance on Santa Cruz, February 9th, and the battle at that point, April l0th; the skirmish during the advance on Pagsanjan and Delomban, April nth; and the skirmish at Paeta, April I3th. On being mustered out of the service, Dr. Lowe returned to Oakley, and in the spring of 1901, having decided to enter the medical profession, entered the Illinois Medical College, at Chicago, where he studied medicine for one year. His health had been shattered by his military service, however, and in December, 1901, he was stricken with typhoid fever, and sent to a Chicago hospital, where he was forced to remain for many weeks. Returning home to convalesce, he continued to remain in Oakley until the fall of 1902, when he again went to Chicago and entered the Northwestern University, where he took up the study of dentistry, and was graduated with his degree in the spring of 1906. He then came again to his home city of Oakley, where he has since been in the enjoyment of a large and representative practice, and has forged to the front of the men of his profession in the county.
"Dr. Lowe on the Citizens' ticket in 1909 became candidate for the office of mayor of Oakley, to which he was elected, and reflected in 1911 and 1913. In his official capacity he is giving his fellow-citizens a wise, sane and business-like administration, during which many needed improvements have been made. In the fall of 1900 he was candidate for sheriff of Cassia county, but owing to political conditions at the time met with defeat. He has identified himself with various enterprises of a commercial and financial nature, and at this time is a director in the Farmers Commercial Savings Bank. He is the owner of many acres of valuable ranch land in Cassia county, one ranch of which, near Burley, has been put in a splendid state of cultivation and is a source of much pride to its owner. If the Doctor acknowledges a weakness, it is for traveling, and he is also extremely fond of hunting and fishing, his wife accompanying him on many of his trips.
"In September, 1902, Dr. Lowe was united in marriage with Miss Angeline Bates, daughter of Arlin and Lovena (Adams) Bates, pioneers of Utah and Idaho, the former of whom is deceased, while the latter makes her home at Oakley. Three children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Lowe, namely: Mona, Rheta and John O., Jr." [History of Idaho: a narrative account of its historical progress..., Volume 3 by Hiram Taylor French (1914]