Title: Interview with Mr. Danny Lowry (August 29, 1971)
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Title: Interview with Mr. Danny Lowry (August 29, 1971)
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publication Date: August 29, 1971
Spatial Coverage: Lumbee County (Fla.)
Funding: This text has been transcribed from an audio or video oral history. Digitization was funded by a gift from Caleb J. and Michele B. Grimes.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00007196
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Department of History, University of Florida
Holding Location: This interview is part of the 'Lumbee County' collection of interviews held by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program of the Department of History at the University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: LUM 220

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August 29, 1971
D: Today is August the 29th, 1971. Adolph Dial is speaking. I am here
near Al-oes School, east of Lumberton. About how far from Lumberton?
L: Eight miles.
D: Eight miles, here at the home of Mr. Danny Leech Lowry, Mr. Danny
Leech Lowry and his wife. When I drove up Mr. Lowry was working in
the garden. It looks like he has about an acre of garden out here.
I understand he sells some produce and so forth. By the way, how old
are you, Mr. Lowry?
L: Eighty-four.
D: Eighty-four.years old. Are you in good health?
L: Good health.
D: I believe you stated that you've never been to a doctor or taken any
doctor medicine in your life?
L: That's right.
D: What do you contribute this long life to and good health?
L: Obeying the laws of health, nature and the laws of God.
D: Where were you born and reared, Mr. Lowry?
L: About a mile above Pace on the side of the Seaboard Railroad.
D: At the old Tommy Sanderson place?
L: That's right.
D: Did you spend your, who was your mother by the way?

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L: Riht name I believe is Neely Ann, but she's always been called Peiae,
known as ens.
D: Did your mother raise you or your grandmother?
L: My grandmother raised me.
D: at was, your grandmother's name?
L: Rhoda Lowr.
D: And are-you, do you mean the Rhoda who was Henry B/rry Lowr's widow?
L: Yes, sir.
D: Do you know how old you were when you started living with Miss Rhoda?
L: Well, I was born in the home there.
D: You was born in the home with Miss Rhoda.
L: Yes.
D: Uh huh, do you remember when Miss Rhoda died?
L: Well, I do. If my memory would serve'me right it was in 1907 or '08.
D: In 1907 or '08 'Miss Rhoda died. What are, what are some of the things
that you remember about Miss Rhoda? Could you tell me some of the things
that you remember about her?
L: Well, my being raised in that home she very often was in contact with
people from different parts of the country. Went in to see her and they
questioned her about her husband, Henry Barry Lowty, and at that time
some said he was living in New York. They knew about him. Some said
he was living in California and 'jh}.y- Ihotf seg hi>k and knew about .a-.
D: Did you ever convince yourself what happened to Henry B ry Lowr
L: No, sir, I haven't.
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D: _- e....^B.u--Mu.4- be afraid to say whether he went away or afraid to say

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whether he died by accident from his gun?
L: I would.
D: In other words in your mind it's a mystery today.
L: Mystery today, yes, it is.
D: You never did hear Miss Rhoda discuss or tell what she thought happened
to him?
L: No, sir, I never did.
D: In other words it was a well-kept secret.
L: Yes, sir, well-kept.
D: Tell me about the money incident fi ^money that you told
me about a while ago.
L: Well, at that time ZC S 'l- there had been a bank at Lumberton
that had been robbed by her husband and others and I've heard her say
that there was a trunk full of money.' I don't know how large that
trunk might have been. But anyway she said there was a trunk full
of money and her husband, Henry Barry, when he geetit home he told
her, he says, "Now if you will watch where I'm burying this money
you will have it for your own good."
D: And did she watch where he buried it?
L: She said she did not.
D: Back in those days, the time of Miss Rhoda, did the people back in those
days drink a little more than they do today you think?
L: Well, no, sir, I don't think they drunk anymore in them days than
they do now.
D: Did she keep a little bit in the house?

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L: Yes, sir, she generally kept some around all the while, but she did
never sell it as I ever knew her.
D: In other words it was for her own use.
L: Yes.
D: Uh huh.
L; For her own use, yes.
D: Did you ever get your little bit of it back in those days?
L; Well, generally every morning we had a little dram as she called it.
She'd give me a little dram every morning.
D: A little dram of whisky.
L: .cs A
D: Maybe that's why you've lived so long.
L: Well, I couldn't say, but I wanted to add one more thing to it.
D: Yes.
L: When I was growing up she would give me a drop of spirits 0p O turpttne
.4^,... Wa0r every year that I was old. And from that day to this day
I hear men complain of back, having trouble with their backs, but I
never knew nothing about it until I lifted up the, until I lifted
up the_ SgM~4(heavy''' ,a sometime ago and pulled a muscle
in my back aLittle. Then I knew what it was for a little while to have
back trouble.
D: I see, and I believe you'd said yeo'-deeid you had never taken any
doctor medicine or been to the doctor, in good health. Do you still
take some of that spirit turpentine?
L; No, seldom now I ever take any of it.

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D: How many children did Miss Rhoda have? Would you name the children,
the three children?
L: Well, I think the oldest one was a girl. I believe her name was
Sally Mag.
P: Sally Mag. Er.~
Li Yes,-and,then the next one was Henry Btrry, the son, and then the
third one was my mother, the one we call Polly.
D: And what was her right name?
L: Her right name was Neely Ann.
D: Neely Ann.
L: Yes.
D: Your mother lived to be quite old, didn't she?
L: Yes, sir, she lived to be ninety-one.
D: Ninety-one. .- k seems that Lowryj live a long time. Now you
don't know how old Henry B~rry was at the time he was killed in Mississippi?
L: No, sir, I don't.
D: What was the story that you'd always heard about Henry Barry Lowry., Jr.
in Mississippi?
L: Well, the story that was handed down to me about him was he run in that
day, he run a still and stilled turpentine with R.W. 1 ivr-OTi and
when he left that job there Mr. lmwvneh give him a recommendation
of everywhere he might go, as a good stiller, and if I understand it
right)he left and went somewhere in Mississippi --stitlger r and
owned his own turpentine still at the time of his death.
D: And it was reported that he and some man fell out over the still and
they killed each other. Is that the story you've always heard?

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L: That's the story that I've always heard about it.
D: In-Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
L: Yes, sir, Hattiesburg.
D: Mr. Lowry what is your idea, you know, as to the cause of the Lowry
ganjg and the justification of what they did?
L: You say tt A4' what I did m about it?
D: Yes, sir.
L: :.Well, I think that my grandfather was justified in what he did, and
he stood by and saw his father and his brother dig their own, their
own gravesland then they were killedland put into those graves and
buried. I think he was justifiable what he did.
D: Uh huh, Mr. Lowr did Miss Rhoda talk a lot about Henry Brry Lowr?
L: No, sir, very seldom I ever heard her call his name unless some visitor
would come there for the purpose of inquiring about something about
D: What contribution do you feel that Henry BArry made? What, what do you
supposed it'd been like if he hadn't done what he did?
L: I feel like it would have been a dark day for the Indian people in
Robeson County if he hadn't a came on at the time he did. 5;n'lo a-
at that timewe had a movement here among us. e had a home guard
and it seemed like that they had mistreated our people and 5ir|lo~ -)_
they wanted X {(r-fD& tC r e l ff l- il uoithcM It, !tidout
his presence at that time, it would have been a much darker day for the
Lumbee Indians of Robeson County.
D: And in other words we might have owned less property, education would
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L: Yes, I feel like at that day we had been allowed to go to school
some with the whites, but when we was denied that privilege I be-
lieve ;t j1g 1 t hat i; was about fifty years we were
denied an education.
D: Of course, our people didn't go to school during that time, during
those fifty years. Most of them stayed at home. Where did you attend
your first school?
L: I attended my first school up there at Pace at what was known as the
old college at that time.
D: Was W.L. Moore your first teacher?
L: No, sir, he was not my first teacher. If my memory would serve me right
Mr. Arthur Sampson was my first teacher.
D: Mr. Arthur Sampson at Old Hope..,.
L: Yes.
D: ...where the Hope CIFch is now. Uh huh. After you grew up and married
and were say around in your early twenties and so forth, what did you
do for a living?
L: I started on the farm in 19-, 1904 and I have been on the. farm and have
lived on it from then on up until now, and depended on it for my support}
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D; Are you engaged in farming now?
L: Yes, sir, I'm engaged at it now.
D: Do.you own: this farm here?
L; Yes, air, I own it.

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D: How many acres do you have here, woodland and all?
L: There was sixty-tee acres when I bought it and I have sold three
acres off of it and give one acre to one of my sons, Clarence Lowry.
D: YVu like the soil, do you?
L: Yes, sir, I do because God's work says I come from itand I'm going
back to it.
D: That's right. Do you feel that the farm has made your health better
than if you had not been on the farm?
L: Yes, sir, I feel that because I've always prOittiQlc in the early
morning to get up suvew4ime the winter at four o'clock and go out and
get some of the Pct)i^ s' -
D: So you rise at four o'clock. What about on Sunday morning, same way?
L: Well, on Sunday morning it's the same way because of ,ilC'fkA 5
! t A^+--r I-V A kAve <
en to [t0k o ~ and feed and water, cows to milk, and I-ee
+;lX 4 is Wf^; Co F f I $
~~mules af >1 F otA gd out. Now I have a tractor.
D: You have some cows you say? What do you do with these cows?
L: Well, I milk them twice a day.
D: How many you have?
L: I have but one just now.
D: Do you, now you get up at four o'clock. Has this always been your practice?
L: Yes, sir, I practice that.
D: And when do you go to bed at night usually?
L: Well, in generally)not later than nine o'clock.
D: Not later than nine. What do you do if you go off to a program or to
church something at night? -'You have to rush in and go to bed do you?

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L: Well, at my age now-I don't drive any at night. excepting on Saturday
nights I go down to P'r~ck( serve at Vfy~ r#A church h on
Saturday night and I'm generally back here about ten o'clock.
D: Still up at four.
L: Yes, sir, generally get up at four o'clock on Sunday morning as well
as Monday morning.
D: Do you set an alarm clock?
L: No, sir, I"ve always been onywithin myself.
D: An alarm clock within yourself.

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