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Lowman School, Town of Chemung

Chemung County NY

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School: School at Lowman

Township: Chemung, Chemung County NY

Year: 1999

Photo Submitted by: Joyce M. Tice

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I took this photo of a school at Lowman just off
Rte 17 in April 1999. Can anyone identify it
and give me any history?? How about other, older, photos?

See 1902 Lowman School that preceded this one.

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Subj:  Re: Lowman School
Date:  11/26/2003 6:23:22 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:  SMurphy237
To:  JoyceTice

Dear Joyce,

I lived in Lowman, NY for 30 plus years, right across for the Lowman School in the photo on your site. It was originally built on the "Lowman Family" property. Ward and Julia (Lowman) Saunders owned the property that the school was built on; there was a provision that when it was no longer used as a school, that the property and building would revert back to the family, which it did. One of Ward's children (Judy Saunders Ripley) lived in the house for several years (in the 1980's); it is now vacant, but still owned by Julia Saunders, who lives in Lowman, NY 14861 (Town of Chemung, NY). One of the teachers was Mrs. Francis Warren, who lived on Hoffman Hollow Rd. in Lowman; she and her husband are both deceased now; they had one son, whose first name escapes me now. I am sure that Mrs. Julia Saunders would be more than happy to share what she knows about the school; also, Jason Copley Knapp, Lowman, NY would be knowledgeable. Of course, the historian for Town of Chemung is an excellent source too.

Suzanne M. Murphy, Erin, N.Y.


March 2006
Hi Joyce,
I attended that school when I was in the first and second grade walked 3 miles each way to get to school from ashland township it is a one room school that taught 1-8 grades. the left side of building was the schooling area and the right side is what was in that day the gym. To the left there was a large tree that had a swing in it. I lived in the old Searles homestead. Alfred was my Great grandfather.
Judy Higgins


Julia Emma Lowman Saunders Obituary

LOWMAN Julia Emma (Lowman) Saunders

90, of Lowman, NY, died on Friday, July 15, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. She was the loving wife of the late Ward Saunders, Sr. who died on April 30, 1980. The couple married in 1941 and had 39 happy years together. Julia was born on October 21, 1920 in Lowman, NY, daughter of the late Fred and Cecil (Randell) Lowman. She was a life member of the Lowman United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, and was a graduate of the Wellsburg High School. After her marriage to Ward, Julia took on the role of wife and mother on the family farm, and had a roadside stand where she sold eggs. To Julia family came first. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed cooking and baking for them, her fudge was a family favorite. Julia is survived by her sons: Ward "Tim" (Sue) Saunders, Jr. of Lowman, NY and Donald (Francie) Saunders of Morristown, NY; her daughters: Judy (James) Ripley of Elmira, NY and Shirley Gleockner of Pine City, NY; granddaughters: Tammy (James) Pepin and Rhonda (Christopher) Holley; along with several other grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; her siblings: George, Eddie, Bobby, Esther, and Sally; and several nieces and nephews. Julia is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ward; her son, Gerald Saunders; her grandson, Jody Saunders; and her siblings: Christina, Mary, Ellen, Bill, Martin, Seymour, and Albert. The funeral service will be private and at the convenience of Julia's family. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements. Julia's family would like to thank Tammy, Esther, and Brandi of Americare, and the nursing staff of 3D at St. Joseph's Hospital for the wonderful care their mother and they received. Memorial contributions may be made in Julia's memory to the Lowman United Methodist Church, 1878 County Road 60, Lowman, NY 14861 or to the Chemung Fire Department, 679 Main St., Chemung, NY 14825. Star Gazette July 17, 2011

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