Lowry James Englebright was born on June 17, 1865 in Fredonia, Louisa County, Iowa to parents Henry Stinnet and Margaret Anna (Denton) Englebright. The Civil War had officially ended just two weeks before when Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith finally signed the terms of surrender offered by Union negotiators. Henry had served briefly in the Union Army from May 16, 1864 until September 24 of 1864 and was a miller according to the 1870 census.
Lowry was Henry and Margaret’s first child. Sometime between the 1870 and 1880 censuses the family relocated to Sherman, Kansas. By 1885 the family had grown to nine children and Henry was farming in Blue Rapids, Marshall County, Kansas. Lowry was nineteen years old and probably worked with his father. Six years later in 1891 Margaret died and was buried in Marshall County.
It does appear that following Margaret’s death Henry departed. In 1895 four of his children were still living in Blue Rapids, but by 1900 records indicate the younger children were living with other family members. For instance, in 1900 eighteen year-old Eva was living with her married sister in Sonoma County, California. Henry headed to the northwest – in 1900 he was living alone in North Yamhill, Oregon employed as a harness maker. Two of his other children were enumerated as boarders in Colorado Springs.
At some point Lowry pursued an education at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, or at least took some classes. His name appears in the 1917 Alumni Magazine of the Colorado School of Mines Volumes 7-8, although the article doesn’t mention the date he attended. According to the October 1996 of Colorado Central Magazine, Lowry arrived in Tin Cup, Colorado in 1893 and spent the winters of 1893, 1894 and 1895 in a tiny one-room log cabin. Inside the door he had recorded a temperature of -52 degrees during the winter of 1895.
He spent the summers prospecting or working in the mines of the Tin Cup Mining District. In 1900, Lowry was enumerated as an engineer there, thirty-four years old and single. Lowry had settled into life in the mining town of Tin Cup, still residing there and working as a gold miner in both 1920 and 1930. In 1930 he was sixty-four years old and remained single. There are no records of Lowry ever marrying. He lived alone in a brown house with a false front on Grand Avenue, just south of the bridge. The Colorado Central Magazine article mentioned that Lowry was a “shy and very private person.”
Besides his occupation as an engineer and miner, Lowry was also musically-inclined. In the February 1920 issue of The Violinist, he is listed as a repairer of violins in Tin Cup, Colorado. Brompton’s Book of Violin & Bow Makers lists him as both an “amateur maker and repairer.”
He made many friends, most of whom he outlived. He lived a good long life, passing away on April 14, 1965, just four months shy of his one hundredth birthday. The Tin Cup Cemetery has four distinct and separate hills, divided according to the decedent’s faith: Protestant Knoll, Jewish Knoll, Catholic Knoll and Boot Hill Knoll (perhaps for those of no or unknown faith). Lowry is buried in the largest, Protestant Knoll. It certainly is a beautiful place to be buried, don’t you think?