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HAL C. LOW
Hal C. LOW, of the firm of JOHNSON-LOW Clothing Company, of Atchison, was born in 1879 in Doniphan County, Kansas. His parents were J.W. and Mary (COLLINS) Low, natives of the Buckeye State, the father's home having been at West Milton, Ohio. The grandfather of Hal C. was Ansel Low, who was one of the earliest pioneer settlers of Kansas, first coming to Atchison in 1852, following which he located in Doniphan, where he kept the first hotel or tavern and also operated a general store. To the home of this pioneer came in the fall of 1860, Abraham Lincoln, who was then touring the country in his first campaign for the presidency. Lincoln's visit and stay at the Low hostelry was an event which awakened a great deal of pride with J.W. Low and he was fond of relating the circumstance and describing in detail how Mrs. Low served the simple wants of the greats of all Americans. He was always a stanch supporter of the martyred President and gave direct evidence of his loyalty to the Union by his enlistment in Company I, Seventh Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, serving under Generals Rosecrans and Grant successively and was in active service throughout the entire war.
Hal C. Low was educated in the common and high schools of Atchison and then entered his father's dry goods store, where he spent several years profitably, absorbing the details of the business and in becoming a proficient salesman and buyer. This experience stood him in good stead and in 1905 he organized the Johnson-Low Clothing Company and has made an unqualified success of the venture. The store is one of the most complete in this section of the State and carries high grade goods of the best workmanship and design. The ever increasing trade, which flows to this establishment, is the best evidence of its continued success.
Mr. Low was married in 1905 to Miss Jane POLLOCK, daughter of S.M. Pollock, an early pioneer settler of Iowa, later a resident of Kansas and now residing in Atchison. Mr. Low is a Republican.
History of Atchison County, Kansas
by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916
Clemi Higley Blackburn, April 2002
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