The Lowman Mill

THE LOWMAN MILL

Benjamin W. Lowman moved his family from Ohio to Oregon and took up a homestead in the Apiary district in 1887. Lowman went into the sawmill business with a partner by the name of Gallaher.

August 14, 1891: The firm of Lowman and Gallaher has changed to Lowman and Lowman. Mr. Gallaher retiring and leaving for Idaho to try his luck sawmilling there.

 

LOWMAN’S LUCK NOT GOOD

September 16, 1892: Benjamin W. Lowman’s mill on the Clatskanie river was destroyed by fire on Friday morning [September 9, 1892]. The fire originated in the slab pile, and the mill is a total loss.

 

LOWMAN REBUILDS MILL

December 2, 1892: Mr. David M. Dorsey is now at work for B. W. Lowman on the Clatskanie river. Success to Dave and his ox team.

 

LOWMAN MILL BURNS

September 8, 1893: Lowman’s mill on the Clatskanie, about ten miles back of Enterprise, burned on Thursday, the result of a raging forest fire in that vicinity; employees had barely time for an escape. Lowman sustained a loss of about $1,600 with no insurance. This is the second time the mill has burned in two years.

 

LOWMAN REBUILDS MILL

August 2, 1901: Wilson M. Lowman moved his family from Apiary to Reuben Monday. He will haul lumber from the Lowman mill located on the S. B. Parish place on the Clatskanie to Reuben for shipment to Portland.

The Lowman mill moved often, following the supply of timber. In fact it was said that in those days it was easier to move the mill than it was to move the logs.

“Lowman had a mill on the Cornett place, that was my wife’s family, you know. They [Cornett] used one of the buildings for a barn to store hay.” — Al Erickson, long time resident of Apiary and Fern Hill, during an interview — February, 1997.

 

BOILER EXPLODES

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