LYDIA LOWE ALLEN
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
Osceola Lowe Family, Lydia and Osceola, James, Beulah, Betty And Bonnie
C. M. Allen and Lydia Allen
I was born and raised at Terre Haute, Ind., and attended school there. In the fall of 1913 1 married Osceola Lowe of Riley, Ind. Our honeymoon was a trip to Montana. My husband had been to Dakota when he was younger and fell in love with the West and wanted to come back, so he brought me out to see the country and see if I'd be interested in moving here.
When we arrived in Miles City it had been raining for a week or more. People who had come to town for supplies couldn't get back home, and I recall so vividly the sight of their horses hitched to wagons from Foster's corner on South Seventh Street, to Bridge Street; it was something to hear those horses pulling their feet out of the mud with every step they took. They told us we wouldn't be able to get out of town too see the country for a couple of weeks, so we went back to Indiana. My husband was disappointed, but the early spring of 1914 found him back in Montantana looling for a homestead site. He filed on one six miles west of Volborg, and then came back to Indiana and got me, and we returned together to Montana in May of 1914.
able to get out of town to see the country for a couple of weeks, so we went back to Indiana. My husband was disappointed, but the early spring of 1914 found him back in Montana looking for a homestead site. He filed on one six miles west of Volborg, and then came back to Indiana and got me, and we returned together to Montana in May of 1914.
We rode the passenger train and leased an immigrant car from the railroad and took all our belongings in it-our buggy and wagon and harness, along with the lumber from my husband's bridge building business, and other persoanal belongings. Everything was stored at Nugent's until we could take it out to the homestead. We built a flatbed out of the lumber we had brought along and put it on our wagon, bought a team of horses and were all set to haul things to the ranch. We started out of Miles City and got as far as the Atchison place when it started to rain, so we stopped there. A man asked me into the house and when we got in we were greeted by two bachelors, one a Dane and the other an Italian; they had little command of the English language and I was the only woman there-for the three days we were marooned there I did some crying.
When we had settled in our new community we found that most of our neighbors were from Indiana also, but we hadn't known one another until meeting here. We went through all the hardships as the other homesteaders did, but we loved it. There were the homesick spells, but our neighbors were homesick too and we'd cry together, which knit our friendships tighter.
All our first homes were one-room log cabins. After a few years we needed more room for the children who came along and for boarding the school teacher and caring for stoppers. Our first child was our daughter Beulah May, and 21/2 years later our son James Victor was born, and when James was three years old we had twin girls, Bonnie Marie and Betty Ruth; Beulah and James each claimed a baby and gave the babies their middle names.
Eventually we bought more land, raised wheat and alfalfa and some cattle. Our greatest chore was school for our children. We spent many winters in Indiana after Beulah was ready for high school. My husband passed. away in Indiana with a heart condidtion in January of 1936. My son and I tried farming for a few years, but finally leased the land and moved to Miles City. James finished high school here and so did Bonnie and Betty.
In June of 1939 1 married Charles Allen, who was then sheriff of Custer County. Our home was the jail house for 131/2 years, until we' built our home at 717 S. Custer at Miles City, where we still reside.
My son, Lt. Col. James V. Lowe, was killed in an airplane crash while serving his 23rd year in the service in 1967. He had married Florence Zabrocki and she is living in Virginia. Beulah (Hoagland) lives in Denver, Colo., Betty (Janson) is in Latah, Wash., and Bonnie (Lee) Lives in Spokane, Wash.