The History of Lowry Family Vol.1


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Encounter with turquoise


Millions of people have traveled the Historic Route 66 Highway to the American West. My Great Grandfather Jesse Cordell Zachary, Sr. headed west from New Castle, Indiana in 1932 in search of a better economic future for his family. He established a home and staked his future in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Bob Hall hired Mr. Zachary as a turquoise cutter and silversmith for Hall’s Indian Trading Post in 1932. In 1934 Mr. Hall asked him to move his family to Colorado to manage the famous Villa Grove Turquoise mine. It was in 1936 that Jesse began his own turquoise and Indian merchandise trading business. My great grandfather would travel the American Southwest buying turquoise rough, cutting stones and then selling or trading these cabochons for rugs and other items with trading posts, museums and gift shops around the American southwest.


My great grandmother would tell the story of traveling so far out on the Indian reservation that while she waited in the car for my great grandfather to finish his trades, she fell asleep and awoke to find Navajo children staring at her through the car windows because they had never seen a white woman. My great grandfather retired in the early 1970s. He was 92 years old and died in 1994.