PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE
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
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."
BEFORE THE WAR
CIVIL WAR YEARS
INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY
PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS
MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY
AFTER THE RAILWAY
BOOKS ABOUT LOWE
EVENTS AND REUNIONS
ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY
ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS
LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES