The Batterton family would eventually sell the paper in the 1880s, but Lowe’s father, Walter Lowe – born in 1896 – would eventually go on to become the paper’s publisher and part owner.
As a child, Walter Lowe was also one of the first recipients of a gift from the Greensburg Daily News Cheer Fund, which was founded in 1911 by the paper’s owner at the time, James E. Caskey.
Walter Lowe would, in fact, become a virtual, one-man Decatur County institution who would sit on the boards of multiple community-based organizations and help found the Decatur County United Fund.
He died in 1976, still working for the Daily News at the time. The group with which he owned the newspaper, however, had sold it three years earlier to the World News Corporation. Margaret characterized selling the Daily News as one of the most difficult things her father ever did.
“I was only 24 when he died,” she said. “I had no idea the kinds of questions I should have asked him while he was still alive – not until I was older.”
Margaret Lowe has since sought out many of the answers she might otherwise have solicited from her father when he was alive – had she known the right questions – through interviews, extensive research and, of course, her collection of pictures, documents and artifacts.
There’s no Decatur Countian more thankful than Pratt for the time, energy and legwork Lowe has expended in compiling her personal window into Decatur County’s past. For Pratt, Lowe’s collection is a treasure trove, a prime example of the types of items he’s soliciting for his project.
In an interview with the Daily News about the project last month, Pratt explained, “The idea is to co-host an exhibit at the museum with unique items which will do a good job in reflecting our history. If you go through this exhibit, you will have a good all-around background into the key events and people that have made the county what it is today.”