The family in my tree that was associated with Omeo was the Lowe family.
Frederick Charles Lowe was born in 1873 in Omeo. He was the son of Horatio William Lowe and Christina Fraser. He married Catherine Blyth Mansfield, and after their marriage they lived at Mansfield.
Frederick’s brother Horatio William Lowe was born in 1871 at Omeo. He married Catherine’s sister Ann Agnes Mansfield in 1894, and they had five children, who were all born at Cassilis.
Ann died in 1907 at Tongio West and was buried at the Omeo Cemetery.
The Omeo Standard Friday September 6 1907
Influenza is just now rife amongst the residents of Cassilis, and in some instances several members of one family are laid up with it. Mrs Lowe, wife of Cr. H.W. Lowe, was attacked by this malady almost a fornight ago, and though every care and attention was paid to the sufferer, she gradually became worse. Pneumonia supervened and for a day or two her condition was considered critical, but with the skilled care of Omeo’s two medical practitioners, she is now on a fair way to recovery.
The Omeo Standard Tuesday September 10 1907
Death of Mrs H. W. Lowe
It is with the deepest regret that we have to record the death – untimely, at the age of 32 – of Mrs Lowe, which occurred at her residence at 2.30 am on Sunday. The deceased a few weeks ago contracted influenze, which developed into pneumonia. All that affections and money could do to alleviate suffering and promote recovery was done, and for a time hopes were entertained that the patient woud recover. Drs. Kilpatrick and O’Connor were both in attendance, and before the end came the nursing staff was reinforced by the addition of a trained nurse. But, unfortunately, a relapse occurred on Thursday night, and despite all that could be done, Mrs Lowe gradually sank and passed away.
The sad event has cast quite a gloom over the district, for the deceased lady was well known and beloved by all. For her husband, Cr Lowe, and their five little ones, as for the other bereaved relatives, the tide of sympathy flows today.
Horatio William Lowe died in 1937 at Omeo, and was also buried at the Omeo Cemetery.
At the time of his death he was a storekeeper at Cassilis.
From Bairnsdale Advertiser (and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle) Friday 12th November 1937
Mr Horatio William Lowe
AT the age of 66 years, Mr Horatio William Lowe, of Cassilis, died on the 16th inst. He was a native of Swift’s Creek, and for many years was a storekeeper at Cassilis where he was a very popular residence. He was one of the representatives in the Omeo Shire Council for some years. The funeral took place at Omeo yesterday.
Mr. H. W. Lowe
Mr. Horatio William Lowe, a member of one of the first pioneering families of East Gippsland, died in his sleep yesterday at his home in Cassilis. Mr. Lowe, who was aged 68 years, was the youngest justice of the peace in the district at the time of his appointment many years ago. He was a member of the Omeo Shire Council for 15 years, and a former president.