WALTER LOWRY
GROCER AND MARKET GARDENER
AN IMMENSE BUSINESS

  Mr Walter Lowry, located in Keyser about 26 years ago, first operating as pottery for the manufacture of stoneware, etc., which he discontinued some two years later and, forming a partnership with Mr T R Carskadon, started the market garden that has attained such enormous proportions.
  Mr Lowry secured full control of this business some five years later. In 1892 he opened a retail grocery, which, with ? produce shipping room occupies a building having a frontage of 100 feet and an average depth of about 75 feet situated on the corner of Centre and Water Streets. The grocery is fully stocked and is accorded a large trade both wholesale and retail. A specialty is made of stoneware, flower pots, vases, etc. Mr Lowry buying by the carload and distributing throughout three counties . Potatoes and cabbage are also handled by the carload. In the month of May ? past, three carloads of nearly 1800 bushels of potatoes were bought and distributed. Country produce of all kinds finds a ready market at this store. Mr Lowry never cares to buy a part of one's load of produce. Heavy equipments of poultry, eggs, butter, etc., are made to outside points.
  The market garden, which requires Mr Lowry's personal time and supervision in its season, is the largest. In this section, and is conducted along ? gardening lines. the vegetables raised meet with a ready sale, and besides supplying a large local demand both in Keyser and surrounding towns shipments are extensively made along the line of the W Va railroad. At present some nineteen employees are required at the garden, and in the delivery of its products. Market wagons are run to Piedmont and Lonaconing semi-weekly, and two wagons cover the trade of Keyser. taken altogether the vehicles and horses used in connection with the gardens and grocery would equip a fair sized livery, and include 7 horses and 9 wagons.
  Mr Walter Lowry was for many years in the pottery business in Roseville, Ohio, and while there married Miss Aurilla Weaver in 1868. Mr and Mrs Lowry have an interesting family of eleven children, four of their sons taking an active part in the business, viz: T R, Ira, Earl and Clarence. To a considerable extent the management of the business is vested in T R Lowry, as the direct supervision of the gardens engrosses most of Mr Lowry's own time. He is a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting at the age of 16, and serving four years in the 32nd O V V I. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, I O O F., R of M C and Jr O F A M.

TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 28, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD

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