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John Gatherer LOWDELL (1859 - 1934)
Modern Languages Master
Florence Caroline LOWDELL Alan Keith LOWDELL Arthur Dominic LOWDELL Donald Percival LOWDELL Aaron HORNSTEIN Hornstein Jessie Lamb GATHERER John GATHERER Alexander GADDERER Elizabeth RUSSELL Mary MAVOR John MAVOR Janet LAMB
John Gatherer LOWDELL
John Gatherer LOWDELL
b. 24 Sep 1859 at Sykia, Greece
m. 04 Aug 1886 Florence Caroline LOWDELL (1865 - 1929) at Brighton, Sussex
d. 27 Jun 1934 at Oundle, Northamptonshire, England aged 74
Events in John Gatherer LOWDELL (1859 - 1934)'s life
Date Age Event Place Notes Src
24 Sep 1859 John Gatherer LOWDELL was born Sykia, Greece 11, 19
1881 22 100 North Street Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 4
04 Aug 1886 26 Married Florence Caroline LOWDELL (aged 21) Brighton, Sussex Note 1 3, 21
23 Nov 1886 27 Naturalisation Oundle 7
03 Nov 1887 28 Birth of son Alan Keith LOWDELL Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 11, 19, 68
20 Jun 1890 30 Birth of son Arthur Dominic LOWDELL Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 11, 19, 68
1891 32 44 Glassthorn Road (Woodland House) Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 11
1891 32 Assistant Master and Secretary of Oundle School Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 11
1891 32 Residence Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 11
19 Oct 1894 35 Death of mother Jessie Lamb GATHERER (aged 64) Jerusalem
22 Apr 1899 39 Death of father Aaron HORNSTEIN (aged 69) Jerusalem 30
1901 42 Modern Languages Master Oundle
1901 42 69 West Street Oundle, Northamptonshire, England 19
29 Dec 1901 42 Birth of son Donald Percival LOWDELL Oundle 68
29 Jun 1915 55 Change of Name Oundle, Northamptonshire, England
1922 63 Retirement Oundle, Northamptonshire, England Note 2
11 Dec 1929 70 Death of wife Florence Caroline LOWDELL (aged 64) Oundle, Northamptonshire, England Note 3 67
27 Jun 1934 74 John Gatherer LOWDELL died Oundle, Northamptonshire, England Note 4
Note 1: Registered in the 3rd Quarter of 1886
Note 2: Letter to Old Oundelian Club by J. G. Lowdell
Added by tskhan on 24 Apr 2007

Oundle,

22nd Sept, 1923.

Dear Coombs,

Of all the memories that go with me in my retirement, none, I assure you, solace and cheer me more than those of my happy relations with the generations of boys who came to the School, lived out their little days there, and then passed on to swell the ranks of the “Old Oundelians”.

You were all so very good to me, so compassionate with my failings, and so responsive to my fellow feelings for you, that my life with you, as I look back upon it now, seems to have been one long experience in the art of finding and making friends.

You have now been kind enough to confirm my own impressions of the past we once shared with tokens of goodwill, so generous and so affecting, that I am at a loss to know how to express, however remotely, all I feel of fervent gratitude and affectionate attachment, and can only whisper-Bless you all ! Nothing was really required to keep me ever in mind of you, but what you yourself have written and what with the others you have given me have stirred depths that forgetfulness of you will never smooth o'er.

Yours very sincerely,

J. G. LOWDELL;

but for the sake of Auld Lang Syne, ever, I hope,

"OLD HORNY."
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Description Letter received by the Old Oundelian Club from J. G. Lowdell thanking the members of the Club for the silver salver and cheque which had been presented to him. Acknowledgement: With thanks to Mr. Stephen Forge, The Archivist of Oundle School.
Date 22 Sep 1923
Location Oundle School, Oundle Nothamptonshire
Note 3: In Memoriam - Mrs. Lowdell
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007

With very great regret we record the death of Mrs. Lowdell, which took place at Oundle on December 11th after a very short illness. She was married on August 4th, 1886, to Mr. J. G. Lowdell (Hornstein), who was at that time assistant housemaster at Sidney House. Her sudden death will be a real grief to many O.O.s, especially to those of an earlier period, who held her in high regard. The sympathy of all who knew him will be with Mr. Lowdell in this time of sorrow.

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Description: Published in the Laxtonian, Oundle School magazine. Provided by courtesy of Mr.Stephen Forge, Archivist, Oundle School.
Date: 1930
Location: Oundle, Northamptonshire
Note 4: In Memoriam - John Gatherer Lowdell
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007

JOHN GATHERER LOWDELL;

born 24th September, 1859; died 27th June 1934: from 1879 to 1913 a master at Oundle School.

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Description: Obituary in Laxtonian Magazine
Date: 1934
Location: Oundle, Northamptonshire

In Memoriam for J G Lowdell published in The Laxtonian
Added by tskhan on 24 Apr 2007

J. G. LOWDELL.

J. G. Lowdell, better known to boys of an older generation as J. G. Hornstein, came to Oundle as Modern Languages Master early in 1879 and was closely associated with the School for 55 years.

For some years he was assistant master in School House under St. John Reade, when the Headmaster himself lived at Cobthorne in West Street and the boys were housed in the old building in the Churchyard. In 1881 a new boarding-house (Sidney) was started, and soon moved to the upper part of what is now New House. Lowdell was in charge of the boys' studies across the road in the Albion Rooms.

In 1888 he married Miss Lowdell, whose name many years later he adopted, and soon after took over the duties of School Secretary in addition to his ordinary School work. The numbers in the School were then about 120, but they diminished to 92 in 1892, after which date they steadily rose, and the Secretary's duties became constantly heavier. He had charge of books and stationery, kept the School account books, sent out School bills; and without any assistant discharged the miscellaneous duties of a secretary in addition to a full timetable as a Modern Language teacher. Of these secretarial duties he was relieved in 1911, but continued to teach until 1922, when a partial breakdown in health compelled his retirement, but he returned in 1924 to take a few classes. This work gave him the greatest pleasure until Christmas, 1933, when he definitely gave up his School work.

Though too short-sighted to be an athlete Lowdell had many outdoor interests, and certainly played for the Masters' Cricket XI against the School on many occasions. In the early days he rode his" penny-farthing " cycle all over the county to places of architectural or archaeological interest, and almost to the end of his life would say that he seldom walked less than 50 miles a week. He often took reading parties abroad, and some of those still at Oundle who went with him to Parame can remember him as a delightful holiday companion. He was a man of wide culture, and his house was filled with books in many languages. In earlier days he published a novel, "Warped," under the name of John Garth, and later a delightful book, “Caravan Tales”. At the time of his death he had just finished the MS. of “Fifty-five Years at Oundle," and it is hoped that a work of much interest to ll connected with the School or town will find a publisher. His foreword to the book was to have concluded as follows: "It has been my singular and happy lot to have enjoyed the esteem and goodwill of generations of boys, each of whom has been a friend to me ... May they flourish and abound, and in the quiet of their hearts affectionately remember the man they used to know as “Old Horney”.

He leaves three sons, of whom the two eldest joined the services and fought through the Great War. His wife died in December, 1930.

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Description In Memoriam published in the Laxtonian, the Oundle School Magazine. Courtesy of Mr. Stephen Forge, Archivist, Oundle School
Date 1934
Location Oundle, Northamptonshire
Personal Notes:
The Concert - J G Hornstein
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007

THE CONCERT

A concert was given in the Upper Class Rooms, on Monday, Dec. 20th, with a rather short programme, and was followed by the usual distribution of prizes. In the programme which is given below, some performers deserved high praise, especially Thomas, Clayton-Greene, and Edmonds. Mr. Hornstein favoured us with "The Storm Fiend", which deserved an encore. Encores were given to Bryan, Wingfield, edmunds (violin), and Mr. Joel. The concert ended with the good old English school-boy's song, "Dulce Domum". The orizes were then given by Mr. Park, who addressed the school in a few stirring words, commenting on the progress made by the Boat Club and the kudos gained by the Football XV.

The proceedings ended with cheers for the Headmaster, the Assistant Masters, Dr. King, and teh holidays.

P R O G R A M M E.

PIANOFORTE DUET .........."The Sleigh Race Galop".............................Caldecott

PART SONG .................."Spring's bright glances" .............Form La Sonnambula

SONG ............................."The Storm Fiend" ....................................Roeckel

Mr. HORNSTEIN.

PART SONG ..........................."Gaudeamus Igitur" ........................De Pearsall

VIOLIN SOLO ................................Sonata......................................Schubert

A. N. THOMAS.


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Description An excerpt from The Laxtonian, Oundle School magazine. Courtesy of Mr. Stephen Forge, Archivist, Oundle School.
Date 20 dec 1886
Location Oundle, Northamptonshire
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