1918: VERDE/CLEMENCEAU; Deputy Sheriff Lowry Murdered, July 16, Part 3.


"The entire Oak creek country is filled today with posses searching for the fleeing slayer of Deputy Sheriff Jim Lowry and it is reported that several automobile loads of unofficial searchers, heavily armed, crossed the Verde last night making for the district in which it is supposed the murderer has taken refuge."

"Those parties were doubtless attracted by the reward of $2500 offered by the United Verde Extension company for the capture of Hernandez dead or alive."

"The sheriff's officers claim that there can be no possible doubt of the murderer having gone into the country between Oak and Beaver creeks, as his tracks were easily identified, and the trail, as far as Hawkins' ranch on Oak Creek, was comparatively plain and readily followed. At that point, however, all trace of the fugitive was lost and, according to the latest authentic reports sent in by some of the posses, it has not been picked up again."

"RUMORS FLYING: The usual crop of rumors are flying thick and fast. Last night, about 10 o'clock, it was reported in Clarkdale and Verde that the fugitive had been surounded near the head waters of Beaver Creek, but later developments proved the falsity of the rumor."

"At noon today it was stated on good authority that none of the posses had reported gaining any trace of the murderer but that they are continuing the search and combing the country minutely."

"The excitement at Verde has subsided in great measure and the smelter camp has resumed its customary aspect of busy industry."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, July 19, 1918; page 1, column 7.)


"Jim Lowry's body lies today in the Scott morgue at Jerome, where it has been viewed by scores of sorrowing friends."

"No man in Arizona had more friends than Jim Lowry. He was a plain, blunt man who made friends readily and kept them forever. His death will be deeply mourned throughout the southwest."

"Lowry had been a resident of Yavapai county 35 or 40 years. In the early days he was in the cattle business near Mayer with a man named Roberts."

"In 1886 Lowy was elected sheriff of Yavapai county over Murray McInerney, another well-known old-timer. He served two terms and in 1892 was re-elected to the office over C. H. Akers. After serving two years he retired for a time from public life and devoted his time to mining on Turkey creek. In 1904 he beat Joe Roberts for the sheriff's office and in 1906 was elected over Jim Smith. At the end of 1908 he finally retired from office, but several years ago, he was appointed county road overseer, succeeding D. A. Clark, and served two years. Eight months ago he entered the employ of the U. V. Extension at Verde."

"Two sons, Malcolm and James, Jr., are officers in the United States army, either in France or on their way over. Malcolm is a lieutenant and it is understood here that James is a captain."

"Mrs. Lowry has for some years been a semi-invalid and has spent most of her time in Los Angeles. A few days ago she wrote to her husband that she felt well enough to pay a visit to Prescott. Yesterday evening, not more than ten minutes before he was murdered, he went to Jim Speed, superintendent of the Verde townsite, and asked for a lay-off that he might join her there. Speed told him that he might go Friday and spend a week. Then Wright called him to help arrest Hernandez."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Wednesday, July 17, 1918; page 1, column 2, and page 8, columns 4-5.)


"The tragic death early this week of Ex-Sheriff James R. Lowry was sorrowfully recalled yesterday when he was laid away in Mountain View Cemetery. Hundreds were present to say farewell to this valiant officer who was so wontonly shot down while performing his duty as in the long ago. The tribute extended his memory reflected the admiration and esteem borne for him in this community, and tender expressions of sympathy over the loss of another good man and exemplary citizen were heard from all. Religious sevices were conducted by Rev. Shires also were observed. The cortege was long, and the floral offerings beautifully reflected the admiration borne for this man who was universally beloved. The pallbearers were: W. I. Richards, A. L. Smith, E. W. Wells, C. P. Hicks, A. J. Herndon, and E. A. Kastner. Lester Ruffner conducted the funeral."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; July 24, 1918; page 5, column 2, from Saturday's Daily.)

JAMES ROBERT LOWRY was born in North Carolina about 1850. He came to Arizona from California with Frank Foster about 1878. According to the 1900 Census, James R. Lowry and Lillie B. Lowry were living with their sons, James R. Lowry, Jr., and Malcolm Lowry. James R. Lowry was elected to be the Yavapai County Sheriff, serving from January 1, 1891 until December 31, 1894, and again from January 1, 1905, until December 31, 1908. (See: Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives information.)


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