Ernest Lowe was born May 6, 1907 in Peoria, Il. He was the last of 13 children. He went to his sister’s house at the age of 10 to work on the farm. At the age of 15, he and his brother went to work at a slaughter house in Peoria. At the age of 18, Ernst along with a friend, became a migrant worker in Texas. He traveled with the season and went to Geogia to work in the Cotton Fields.