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Sept. 18, 1947: Historian Minnie Kendall Lowther Dies in Harrisville

Minnie Kendall Lowther
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

 Historian and journalist Minnie Kendall Lowther died in Harrisville on September 18, 1947, at age 78.

She was born in Ritchie County to a prominent family in 1869. During her recovery from a horse-riding accident, Lowther started writing historical and social news columns for the Ritchie Standard newspaper. In 1911, she published The History of Ritchie County, which is still one of West Virginia’s best-written and most comprehensive county history books. Lowther later became editor of the Pennsboro News, the Wetzel Republican, the West Union Record, the Glenville Democrat, and the Methodist Protestant Church Record, and was one of the first women in West Virginia to make a career of newspaper editing. Her most significant post was as editor and part owner of the Upshur Record of Buckhannon.

About 1920, Lowther moved to Washington, where she worked as a newspaper columnist.

In addition, she was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, giving tours of and writing books about Mount Vernon. Minnie Kendall Lowther spent her last years as a newspaper writer in Parkersburg and also authored a book about Blennerhassett Island.

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