Lowndes, Joseph (Unknown - 1943)

Joe Lowndes Dies in California

Was Pioneer Douglas Resident; Prominent Mason and Well Known In State

Douglas Budget - February 11, 1943

Word reached Wyoming Saturday of death of Joseph Moyses Lowndes, 72, former Douglas and Casper resident and for many years secretary of the grand Lodge of Wyoming, A. F. & A. M. He passed away at Glendale, Calif., his home for the past two years at 11:10 Saturday morning.

He had been ill a number of years and had moved to the west coast in the hopes of improving his condition. He held the esteem and friendship of a wide circle throughout the state, an acquaintance acquired by 9 years as assistant secretary of the Wyoming grand lodge, followed by 26 years as grand secretary. He resigned, because of ill health, in August, 1941.

Mr. Lowndes came to Douglas in 1898 and engaged in the live stock business and banking. He married Effie Daniels here in 1899. He was made a member of the Ashlar lodge of Masons in 1902 and was its master in 1907. He moved to Casper in 1910 and became cahsier of the Stockmen's National Bank, later resigning to become secretary of the Casper Mutual Building & Loan Association. In 1916 he moved to Lander to accept a position in a bank, but returned to Casper several years later.

His faithful years of valuable Masonic activity were crowned on January 11, 1936, when he was honored as few men are by being given the 33rd degree in Masonry, at Denver.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie D. Lowndes, and youngest son, Joseph, Jr., residents of Glendale; a son, Frederick, of Seattle, Wash., and a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Rue, who is with her husband, Capt. Rue of the U.S. army, in Louisiana.


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