PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

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Professor Lowe, this is your life
Pasadena Star-News (CA) - Sunday, March 23, 2008

PASADENA - The Pasadena Star on Aug. 21, 1907, headlined "Nation Honors Professor T.S.C. Lowe On The Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Of His Birth."

It was truly a bi-coastal celebration for one of Pasadena's revered citizens. Friends gathered at the Hotel Westminster in Los Angeles and at the Waumbeck House in his hometown of Jefferson, N.H.

Although Lowe had lost control of the mountain railway that made him most famous here, he was still honored for its construction, for his Lowe Opera House and for the many inventions he had to his credit.

Lowe is pictured here on Echo Mountain some years earlier in a photograph from the Pasadena Museum of History. He is the man on left; the others are not named but look like potential investors in his project.

Lowe was toasted at the gathering here with wine from a bottle of Madeira that was of the vintage of 1832, the year of his birth. It was from the cellars of the former Secretary of the Navy under President Fillmore, John P. Kennedy.

Lowe smoked his first cigar at the event. Many years earlier, he had promised an old friend to smoke a cigar if he every reached the age of 75. The Star described Lowe 's lifetime achievements: Union Army balloon corps, water gas, the Weather Bureau, the mountain railway, artificial refrigeration, refrigerated ships.

"Because of Professor Lowe 's invention an abundant supply of pure ice can be manufactured for every city, town and hamlet in the land."
The Star promoted his current ventures:

"Simultaneously with the birthday event, the most perfectly planned and equipped plant for manufacturing illuminating gas and other valuable products which, by means of newly devised chemical and mechanical processes, can be derived from California crude oils, will be put in operation, and will furnish to the world an object lesson in the production of a perfect gas, and a perfect metallurgical coke.

"The story of Professor Lowe 's life, its harsh vicissitudes and brilliant triumphs, reads like a thrilling romance. But sober and momentous facts confront us today. In view of this crowning achievement of his career, he is identified with interests of greater scope, and covering a larger field of prospective enterprises, than any other resident of the Pacific Coast."

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BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES