A CHILDLESS MAN — I can tell the woman looking for information about her "father," Robert Lowther, anything she wants to know about him — and maybe a couple things she doesn't want to know. He was my stepgrandfather. He raised me from age 4.
He liked to fish, had a leased fishing camp in Mexico and never said a cross word to anybody. He joined the military when he was 16 and was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. He was a retired police officer and the former chief of the Seal Beach Police Department.
After retiring he owned a tackle store on La Brucherie Road.
Born in Oklahoma, he was half French and half Indian. His name was not really Lowther. He had an Indian name but he wanted an "American" name so he picked one from a book.
One last thing. He was not your reader's father. When he was 16 years old he learned he was sterile. He never had any children of his own. I talked about this today with my grandmother who lived with him for 25 years. — Stepgrandson, Brawley