Fonds PR2620 - Dorothea and Oscar Lowry fonds

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Dorothea and Oscar Lowry fonds

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    • [ca. 1940] (Creation)

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    4 photographs

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    Dr. Oscar Lowry was born in 1872 in Cypress, Johnson County, Illinois. He married Mamie King Swindell (1878-1924) in Des Moines, Iowa in 1901. Together, they had five children.

    He was involved in evangelical campaigns in the United States and Eastern Canada for over twenty-five years. He was a member of the extension staff before joining the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He later served as president of the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania headquartered in Philadelphia.

    At the request of Lee Fosmark, the pastor of the Enchant Evangelical Free Church and a graduate of the Alberta's Prairie Bible Institute, Oscar traveled to Calgary in 1938 and began a six week evangelistic series on CFRN Radio in Calgary. While in Calgary he met Dorothea Smith, a bible teacher at Crescent Heights Baptist Church originally from Montreal who had moved to Calgary around 1920. She was employed as Oscar's secretary during his Alberta evangelical campaign. Dorothea and Oscar married in 1939.

    Oscar continued his evangelistic work in Alberta, including the broadcast of the Sunrise Gospel radio program and the publication of numerous faith oriented books. He is known for his publications focusing on sexuality including the following: A Virtuous Woman; Sex Life in Relation to the Christian life (1938) and The Way of a Man with a Maid; Sexology for Men and Boys (1940). Oscar died in Calgary in 1942.

    Dorothea joined the staff of the Prairie Bible Institute in 1964 and continued on as a librarian for the Institute after her retirement.. Dorothea passed away in Three Hills, Alberta in 1992.

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    The fonds consists of 4 photographs featuring Dorothea and Oscar Lowry circa 1940.

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    In 1999, David Nadeau, donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. David Nadeau's relationship to the Lowry's is unknown.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        For more material on Oscar Lowry, please see the Sam Rayburn Papers at the Centre for American History at the University of Texas, Austin.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from Pilgrims in Lotus Land: Conservative Protestantism in B.C., Robert K. Burinshaw and Alberta Report (March 23, 1992): 49.

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        Includes accession PR1999.0774.

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