WILLIAM R. LOWHAM.
William R. Lowham, filling the office of sheriff in Uinta county, discharging his duties without fear or favor and thus making a most excellent record as a public official, was born December 4, 1872, in London, Canada West, a son of Michael Lowham, a native of Ireland, who went to Canada in 1871 and was there engaged in railroading. In 1873 he removed to Wyoming and established his home at Rock Springs, where he acted as section foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad Company for twenty-five years. He is now retired, enjoying a rest which he has truly earned and richly merits. He has been a resident of Evanston for the past twenty years and is numbered among its worthy and respected citizens. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party, which he has supported since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He married Miss Eliza Burns, a native of Dublin, Ireland, in which country they were married. They became the parents of ten sons and one daughter.
William R. Lowham, the eldest of the family, was educated at Hilliard, Wyoming, and started out to provide for his own support when a youth of sixteen years. He was first employed by the Union Pacific Railway Company, beginning work on the section. From that humble position he advanced to engineer and devoted thirteen years to service in that connection with the Union Pacific. He was then elected to the office of sheriff of Uinta county in 1912 and made such an excellent record that he was re-elected and was again chosen for the third term. He is still serving in that capacity, owing to his second re-election, and he has made a most efficient officer, discharging his duties with marked promptness and fidelity. His name has become a menace to evildoers and conveys a feeling of safety to all law-abiding citizens.
On the 6th of July, 1903, Mr. Lowham was married in Evanston, Wyoming, to Miss Elizabeth A. Banner, a native of England and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Banner, who were pioneer settlers of Coalville, Utah. To Mr. and Mrs. Lowham were born the following children: Ellen Lucile, born October 30, 1905; Benjamin Richard, born February 3, 1907; Wesley Samuel, born January 29, 1909; George William, born December 6, 1912; and Clarence Leo, born August 18, 1916. All are yet at home.
Fraternally Mr. Lowham is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he also has membership with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church and his life is guided according to its teachings. His political support is given to the republican party and in former years he was one of the active workers in its ranks but more recently has not been active in politics, as he does not care to have politics interfere in any way with the faithful performance of his duties.
He is a self-made man whose prosperity has been won through earnest effort and close application. Since 1888 he has conducted a ranch covering an entire section of land in Uinta county, and thereon he is engaged in the raising of cattle and horses. He gives supervision to his interests in that connection in addition to discharging the duties of his office and is regarded as a wide-awake, alert and progressive business man as well as an official whose fidelity to duty is above question.