Back in time: Elmore Lowell – first Stillwater Hall of Famer

The Lowell Inn in the 1930s. (Photo courtesy of Washington County Historical Society)

The Lowell Inn in the 1930s. (Photo courtesy of Washington County Historical Society)

BY BRENT PETERSON – GAZETTE COLUMNIST

Stillwater history is filled with citizens who have come forward and truly made the city a better place. Some of these people have come from the lumber industry, from the household, or from public offices. Elmore Lowell came from a hotel background and made Stillwater a more beautiful place to live.

Lowell was born Jan. 20, 1851, in Concord, Maine, the son of Albert and Abbie Lowell. He came to Stillwater when 3 years old and received his education through the public schools of Stillwater. He followed his father in the hotel business, taking over the Sawyer House after his father’s death. The Sawyer House became very popular under Elmore’s direction, and it was during this time that the Civil War veterans formed the Last Man’s Club at the Sawyer House. He brought dignity to not only the hotel, but also the city of Stillwater.

Want to read more about the first inductee into the Stillwater Hall of Fame? Check out the Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, issue of the Gazette, available at newsstands through Tuesday, Jan. 7,  or at our office, 1931 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater. Brent Peterson is the executive director of the Washington County Historical Society.

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