Jacob W. Lowman
was born on 14 May 1837 at Franklin, West Virginia
. He was the son of David Lowman
and Catherine Gum
. He married Nancy Ann Shigley
at Tippecanoe Co., Indiana
, on 22 July 1862. Entry from the History of Skagit County and Snohomish Counties, published in 1906, William Sidney Shiach, Editor:
"Jacob W. Lowman, the popular police justice and justice of the peace of Anacortes, is a native of West Virginia, born in Franklin, May 14, 1837, the son of David Lowman. The father, a blacksmith by trade, and German by descent, was born in Rockingham County, Virginia in 1808. Catherine (Gum) Lowman, the maternal ancestor was born in the same state the same year, and died August 16, 1888. After completing his education in the schools of Virginia and Indiana, Jacob W. Lowman entered his father's shop in the latter state, became thoroughly familiar with all the details of the business, and with his father operated a farm for a number of years. He enlisted in the Twentieth Indiana Infantry when the war broke out, but was taken ill the following day, and was unable to go with his company. When he recovered from this sickness, he again engaged in farming, this time operating a place for himself. He opened a mercantile house in Buckcreek, Indiana, in 1864, and remained in this business till 1871, when he went on the road as a commercial traveller.
He moved to Chicago where he witnessed the terrible fire which destroyed that city. Afterwards he went to Canton, Illinois, where he remained five years, then to Boone, Iowa, his home until 1882, when he returned to Indiana and purchased his father-in-law's old home farm, In 1885 he retired from the road and for seven years devoted his entire attention to farming. He sold his place in 1892, came to Anacortes, started a hoop factory* and sold out in six months. During the financial depression of the 'nineties he engaged in various pursuits, dealing in real estate to some extent. He was elected by the Republican party to the office of justice of the peace in 1894 and has succeeded himself at each election since. He has held this position of trust, during his lifetime, for twenty-seven years, a most unusual record. Other honors, unsought, have come to him. He has been a member of the the city council three years, was chosen mayor of Anacortes in 1897, was made city treasurer in 1898, and three times has been chosen as his own successor to that office. He always has discharged his manifold duties with fidelity, and has contributed in many ways to the prosperity of the community.
Mr. Lowman was married in Indiana in 1862, to Miss Nancy A. Shigley, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Mahin) Shigley. Her father was a Virginian, born near Harper's Ferry in 1799, who came to Ohio at an early date, settling in 1855 in Indiana, where he died, having spend his entire life in agricultural pursuits. He was a German. Her mother was born in Kentucky in 1802, was married in Ohio and died in Nebraska at the advanced age of ninety-one. Mrs. Lowman was born in Green County, Ohio, October 8, 1839. She received her education in the schools of her native state and in those of Indiana, fitted herself for teaching and entered that profession at the age of seventeen. For five years she was one of the most successful teachers in Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Lowman have had three children as follows: William A., born in Indiana, the well-known proprietor of the White Cress [sic. should be Crest] Cannery at Anacortes; Effie L. born in Indiana, the wife of A.M. Dilling, a carptenter and contractor in Anacortes; James G., born in Indiana, now the popular superintendent of schools of Skagit county, residing at Fredonia. Mr. Lowman is a member of the Odd Fellows. His property holdings include one hundred and twenty acres of timber land, his house and two lots in town, and some real estate which he rents. He is an active, intelligent, elderly gentleman, whose long years of public life have given him a wide circle of admiring friends."