- David Koenigstein
was born in Border, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica, delivered at home by a midwife, the sixth of eleven children of Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne. Although his hamlet had no tap water or electricity, food was always plentiful, since the Hawthorne property had the family bakery and grocery store on it. The children had specific responsibilities to attend to in the running of the bakery, Lowell’s being to carry buckets of water on his head from the spring to the bakery before going to school. Hawthorne and Sons Bakery produced buns, bulla cake (a traditional Jamaican recipe), and hard sourdough bread with a golden crust.
At age ten Lowell s first business venture was raising guinea pigs and rabbits which in turn were used to purchase chickens goats and pigs He kept meticulous records of their birth and growth rates as well as profit and loss statements At nineteen he purchased ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.