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Alexis Flagg Lowell 1846-1914

ALEXIS FLAGG LOWELL.— The family of which Alexis F. Lowell is a member comes of English extraction and exhibits the qualities inherent in that race. The initial period of American development found the name transplanted to the soil of New England, where a number of generations has lived and labored and where it is still worthily represented by men of intelligence and patriotism. Genealogical records show that John Lowell devoted his entire life to agriculture in New England, His son, William, a native of Olney, Me., learned the trade of ship carpenter in youth and for years engaged in the occupation, together with that of farming. Late in life he joined his sons in California and died in Bakersfield. By his marriage to Mary Tyler, a native of Maine, he became the father of six sons, of whom Wilmot, Danville and William Harrison died in Bakersfield, which city is still the home of John and Alexis Flagg. The only son who remained in the east was Henry H., who died in Boston, November 20, 1912.

The youngest of the sons, Alexis, was born at Concord, Me., November 19, 1846, and attended schools in his native township, where also at an early age he acquired a thorough knowledge of farm duties. An older brother, VVilmot, had come to California about 1862, and in 1873 he joined him here. For two years he engaged in the sheep industry near Hollister with that brother. During 1875 they removed the flock to Kern county and established their headquarters at Bakersfield. Here for a year or two they were exceptionally successful. Their flocks grazed on the Greenhorn mountains and along the plains, where an abundance of pasturage was to he found. However, the severe drought of 1877 completely changed conditions and wiped out all of their profits, so that their flock of four thousand was reduced to a scant four hundred. With undaunted courage the brothers began anew. Fortunately they were not again called upon to sustain such a loss or endure such a drought. When they disposed of their flocks about 1887 they did so at a fair profit. About that time they bought three hundred and twenty acres adjoining Bakersfield. This tract they devoted to general farm products and to fruit, particularly to peaches. Eventually the property was sold and a portion subdivided as the Lowell addition to Bakersfield, but Alexis F., having a fondness for the place, bought back twenty acres and planted it to fruit. He continued to superintend the acreage and care for the trees until 1910, when he disposed of the entire tract with the exception of the corner occupied by his residence. In addition he owns six houses in the Lowell addition, as well as other property in the city, and these various places he oversees personally. With that exception he has retired from all business activities, nor does he take any part in fraternal organizations. Nor in politics aside from the casting of a Republican ballot at all national elections.

It was the good fortune of Mr. Lowell to have the cheerful co-operation and capable assistance of an appreciated helpmate Mrs. Luella (Rogers) Lowell was born in Vanderburg county, Ind., and was next to the youngest among five children, all of whom attained maturity. Her parents, Samuel Curtis and Marilla J. (Sirkle) Rogers, were natives respectively of New Hampshire and Indiana. Early in life Mr. Rogers became a resident of Indiana and took up a raw tract of land, which he developed into a productive farm. During the summer of 1852 he crossed the plains to California and engaged in mining, but without any gratifying returns. Determining to resume his profession of teacher, he went to Santa Clara county, where he opened and founded the first public school in the county. About three years later he went back to Indiana and resumed farm pursuits. However, the lure of the west had sent its call to his soul and in 1867 conditions were such that he decided to remove his family to Arizona. The trip was made with wagon and ox-teams and he settled in Prescott, where he found employment as a teacher, in addition to which he engaged in general farming, and while living there he also served as internal revenue collector at Prescott. After the death of his wife, which occurred in Arizona, he came to California and spent his last days in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lowell. Here he passed away in 1909. Another bereavement came to Mrs. Lowell in 1910, when the second son of the family, Raymond Lowell, was called from the home by death. There still survive two sons, William Curtis and Alexis, who are the pride of their parents and in whose welfare they maintain the deepest concern.

Thelma Miller, History of Kern County, California, Clark Publishing, Chicago, Ill, (1929), pp 619-20.

Owner/SourceThelma Miller, History of Kern County, California, Clark Publishing, Chicago, Ill, (1929), pp 619-20.
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