Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Political Howe: John Junior Howe

Most if not all of the Howes of Carrollton, Kentucky, were political, I suppose. They paid attention to elections, supported their chosen candidates, and discussed politics within the family and the community. Our scrapbooker Sarah Eva Howe was writing about her own political opinions while she was still in elementary school!

In today's post, we learn about John Junior Howe, who actually ran for political office. Some historians and genealogists misidentify him as John Howe, Jr., but family records and other writings clearly have "Junior" as his middle name. His parents, William Ficklin Howe and Louisiana "Lou" Winslow Howe, named him for William's father, the Irish immigrant John Howe (1823-1890).

John Junior Howe was born 5 November 1879 into the third generation of Howes to live and work in Carrollton, Kentucky. (See his childhood photo in the post about the "Highly Accomplished Family of William Ficklin Howe.") Sarah mentioned him several times in her scrapbook writings, commenting about how well he did in school and how proud she was of his accomplishments. He was her first cousin, four years older than Sarah, and the brother of Sarah's cousin/best friend Jenne Howe.

At this point, most of my information about John comes from Google Books. Combining family notes, magazines published online, and a bio included in History of Kentucky, volume 5 (pages 238 and 239), by William Elsey Connelley and Ellis Merton Coulter, I developed this profile:

John was one of nine graduates in the Carrollton High School Class of 1896. He received a bachelor's degree in 1900 and a master of arts degree there in 1903, both from Kentucky Wesleyan College (then in Winchester, Kentucky). He went home to Carrollton to "read law" at Winslow & Winslow – the law firm of his maternal grandfather William Beverly Winslow and uncle George B. Winslow. Eventually the firm became known as Winslow & Howe, a general law practice that listed among its clients the Carrollton National Bank, Carrollton Furniture Manufacturing Company, Jett Brothers Distilling Company, Adkinson Brothers Company, Howe Brothers, L&N Railroad, and Carrollton & Worthville Railroad. The Winslows and Howes had family connections with several of those businesses.

Like several of his relatives, John earned his law degree at the University of Michigan (1909). He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

John had a number of public service and political roles:
  • 1909 to 1911 – cashier of the City of Carrollton. 
  • 1911 to 1913 – judge of the local Police Court 
  • 1913 (December) – commonwealth's attorney for the 15th Judicial District, which included Boone, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, and Owen counties.
  • 1915 – traveled to Washington to offer his services to the Judge Advocate General. Apparently he was not called into national service, but he served on the Carroll County Draft Board.
  • 1916 & 1917 – president, Commonwealth's Attorneys Association of Kentucky
  • 1924 – primary election candidate for U.S. Senate (source: Political Graveyard); campaign headquarters at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. He named Ward C. Yager, county attorney of Gallatin County, to be temporary chairman of his campaign. At his undergraduate alma mater, Kentucky Wesleyan, students formed a “Howe for Senate Club” with membership exceeding 200. In spite of strong support from his home region, he lost the election.
Undated image courtesy
John was a leader in several local, state, and national Masonic organizations and a steward in Carrollton Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Somehow he also had time to serve as a director of Carrollton National Bank (founded as Howe & Son by his grandfather and father) and secretary of Howe Brothers (the retail store launched by his grandfather, father, and uncles).

His name was popping up in political circles when he was still in his 20s. By his 30s, he was elected to the post of commonwealth's attorney. Later he became a federal prosecutor.

When John was in his early 40s, his fraternity brothers were promoting him for governor:
. . . the Democrats of Kentucky still talk of electing a governor some time soon. And many of them mention the name of John Junior Howe (Michigan) when they talk on this subject. If they will take our advice they'll decide on Colonel Howe at once; they could not do better. He would wear gubernatorial honors gracefully and easily and perform gubernatorial duties fearlessly and well. Here's Howe! By the way, John Junior was elected prosecutor for the Fifteenth Judicial District of his state in November, for the third time and without opposition, as exclusively predicted by The Caduceus and everybody else.
The Caduceus, Volume 37 (Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 1921)

Apparently, John was not all work and no play. Here's news from the same publication describing a "smoker" during the Kappa Sigma national Grand Conclave of 1921 in Chicago. It shows John in a different light. The writer assured his readers that no drink stronger than iced tea was served that Tuesday night (July 19, 1921) at the University Club, and that the evening was a resounding success with entertainment provided solely by Kappa Sigma members. "No professionals were present except the Hawaiian dolly which John Junior Howe presented to us with a flowery and flowing oration." (The writer goes on to report that the "dolly" was a professional singer.)

Based on what info I can find about John, he never married. He lived his entire adult life with his mother and two unmarried sisters, Lillie and Jenne. He died 29 July 1939 in Good Samaritan  hospital in Cincinnati. His death certificate reports cause of death as "aortic insufficiency with cardiac decompensation" – in other words, congestive heart failure. Like his parents and several of his siblings and cousins, he was buried at the Carrollton IOOF Cemetery.

A few months ago I found for sale a collection of Howe-related ephemera. The collection included about 93 pieces – letters, telegrams, checks, notes, and other items. The seller's description pointed out that most of the correspondence was between John J. Howe and one of his uncles, Tennessee attorney Henry M. Winslow. Several of the letters were about John's unsuccessful primary campaign for the U.S. Senate. Many others concerned legal actions involving a ferry business in Ghent in the Winslow-Howe home county of Carroll (Kentucky). Those letters apparently included "some unflattering dialogue" about a family named Graham.

Did I buy that collection? Of course I did! In future posts, I'll report anything of interest.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Handwritten Howe-Salyers Family Chronology, Part Three: A Narrative

Part Three of Sarah Eva Howe's handwritten chronology is what I think may have been the beginning of a do-over, a narrative version of events from 1882 to 1944. While it is short and repeats dates and names, it provides important details missing from Parts One and Two.
As before, brackets in this transcription enclose my own clarifications, identifications, and comments.

1882   Robert James Howe [and] Alice Cost Howe married Oct. 11 at 516 W. Court St. (home of Richard and S.E. Arnet Cost) by Dr. Joyce (afterwards bishop). After wedding trip ending with reception at Carrollton, they lived in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, at home of Mrs. Charlotte Johnson, on Oak St.

1883   August – Sarah Eva [Howe] was born at this place.

1883   April – Katherine Salyers died, mother of William Levi and Robert King [Salyers], 4 and 12 years old – wife of Charles David Salyers

1884   (winter) family of R[obert] J Howe moved to Carrollton, lived there a year, during which time Sallie [Sarah Eva Howe] was baptised. Going back to Cincinnati early in 1885, after trip to Niagra Falls, they stayed for several months at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson on Price Hill, then moved to Price Avenue home where in the summer of 1886 both Robert and Sallie had typhoid fever. In 1887 came trips to Lake [word unreadable] where Sallie’s fourth birthday was spent by the lake (Erie). In the winter and spring of that same year Sallie [Sarah Evan Howe] had scarlet fever, a bad case. In April 1888 Chandler [Sarah's brother] was born, named for a friend of the family, Chandler Harper.

1887   Charles D. Salyers married again to Flora Geier.

1889   Chandler died of pneumonia, in also that summer Sallie was bitten badly on arm by a neighbor’s dog.

1890   John Howe died, family of R[obert] J Howe moved again to Carrollton, where Howe Bros. was formed.

1890   Sallie started to school at Carrollton.

1896   Leonora Alice [Sarah's sister] was born.

1897-98 August   Robert King Salyers [brother of Sarah's future husband] died after an operation for appendicitis.

1896   [last number overwritten and hard to decipher] Sallie is noticed by W[illiam] L[evi] S[alyers] by first time (when treated to soda [word illegible] at drug store – and later when he used to fix her wheel).

189[ditto mark]  [no entry after the date]

1900   Grandma Jane Howe dies [Jane Hopkins Bell, second wife of Sarah's grandfather John Howe, the Irish immigrant]

1903   (March 27) Will[iam] Salyers and Sallie Howe have first date

1905   (Dec 14) marriage [of Will and Sarah] at Howe home near the church (by Rev. M. T. Chandler, Methodist pastor)

1907   Robert King Salyers II born [named for his father Will's brother, who died in 1898]

Mary Alice and James Richard and born [Sarah and Will's first set of twins]

1915   David Hillis, John Howe born [Sarah and Will's second set of twins; John was stillborn or died shortly after birth]

1910   Robert Howe [Sarah's father] dies

1926  Charles Salyers [Will's father] dies

1939   Alice Howe [Sarah's mother] dies

1944   W. L. Salyers [Sarah's husband] dies

Marriages of family later than 1905
Mary Alice Salyers m Richard Allen Hays Lexington June 17, 1939
James Richard Salyers m Lee Rose Pope May 17, 1941 Cumberland Falls
Robert K. Salyers m Loretta Smith June 6, 1941, 4th Ave. [Methodist] Church, Louisville
David Hillis Salyers m Eurelia Mayhew Kennedy, Baltimore Red Cross Chapel July 24, 1943
Leonora Alice Howe m Charles Theodore Kipping Aug. 14, 1943, Carrollton Church (Meth.)

Sarah also listed the births of five grandchildren born from1942 to 1951. So ended Sarah's Howe-Salyers family chronology.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Handwritten Howe-Salyers Family Chronology, Part Two: 1883 to 1920s & '30s, With One Jump to 1944

In Part 2 of Sarah Eva Howe's handwritten chronology of events in her Howe family and her husband's Salyers family, we revisit 1883, also the birth year of Sarah's beloved cousin Jenne, and continue to the 1930s. During that time, Sarah gave birth to five children, including two sets of twins. There is one entry for 1944, the death of Sarah's husband, William Levi Salyers.
Sarah apparently wrote dates and events as they came to mind. Notice her two references to "going back." Parentheses are original to the handwritten chronology. Brackets enclose my own clarifications, identifications, and comments.

[Chronology of Our Family, Part Two]

1883    Jenne Winslow Howe born to Wm and Lou Howe

1883    April, Katharine King Salyers [mother of William Levi, Sarah's future husband]  dies, in Carrollton

1880    [zero written over a 2] Ruth Salyers Jr. [?] born to T[homas] D. Salyers and wife [Thomas was an uncle to Sarah's future husband]

1883    October, Josie King and Will Fisher married [Relatives on Sarah's husband's line]

1884    Sarah Howe [Sarah's aunt] married to Hiram McMakin Froman [Note: I have also seen references to this man as Herman M. "Mack" Froman.]

1885    Robert Hiram Froman born to above [Note added 8 Nov 2018: Another researcher believes the middle name could have been Howe. Hiram is what was written in the chronology by his relatives, and Hiram is the name on the grave marker at Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Carroll County, Kentucky.]

(Going Back a Little)
1874     Lee, or Lenora, [Sarah's "Aunt Lee"] born to Richard and Sarah Evelyn Cost           
1877    (Sept.) Richard Henry Jr. [born to Richard and Sarah Evelyn Cost]

1880     (Jan.) Morris Elliott Cost [born to Richard and Sarah Evelyn Cost]   

1882      Wife of T.D. Salyers dies

1883      Little Katharine born to C[harles] D & Kate Salyers, lived 1 month

1884     T.D. Salyers married Miss Hanks

1887     Charles D. Salyers married Flora Geier

1885     Beverly Winslow Howe born to Wm & Lou W. Howe

1888    April - Chandler Harper Howe (only son) born to R[obert] J. and Alice Howe in Cincinnati 

1889    Nov.  C[handler] H[arper] H[owe] died, at 19 months, [ditto mark = Cincinnati]

going back

1877   Charles Theodore Kipping born to Fred and Julia Kipping (cousins of Flora Geier)      in Carrollton (afterwards husband of Leonora Howe)

1888    Amelia [Haskell] Salyers dies [grandmother of Sarah's future husband]

1889    Katharine born to William and Josie Fisher

1889    Ida Ruth born to Wm Levi [uncle to Sarah's future husband of the same name] and Sue Giltner Salyers (married 1886?)

1889    Katharine (Katie) Bell marries John Morgan Smith, June

1889    Sarah Goslee married Joseph B. Howe [also see his extensive obituary]

1890    (Jan.) John Howe [
the Irish immigrant; Sarah's paternal grandfather] dies

1890    March, R[obert] J. Howe and family move to Carrollton – Howe Bros. formed with R[obert] J. & J[oseph] B. Howe, W[illiam] F. Howe in charge of mills

1890    Ruth Louise born to W.F. & Lou W. Howe, July. 1915- married Henry Schuerman Jr.  [Ruth and Henry's] Daughter Wilhehmina born 1916.

1891    John Irvine Howe died.

1891    Caby Varena born to Wm. and Sarah V [Howe] Froman

1889 or 1890    Mary Arison Cost [Sarah Eva Howe's paternal great-grandmother] dies, Cincinnati

1890    Elizabeth Voris Arnet [Sarah Eva Howe's maternal great-grandmother] dies

1892    David Arnet [Sarah Eva Howe's maternal great-grandfather] dies

1893     Elizabeth Howe Froman born to H[iram] M[cMakin] and Sarah Howe Froman.

1892    James Goslee born to Jos. B. and "Sallie" Howe (one son born previously died at birth)

1896    Dec., Leonora Alice [Sarah Eva Howe's sister] born to Robert J. and Alice Howe

1898    Robert King Salyers [brother of Sarah's future husband] died

1899    George Thompson Howe born to Jos[eph] & Sallie [Goslee] Howe

1900    Mrs. Jane Bell Howe dies

1921    Flora [Geier] Salyers [died]

1910     R[ichard] H[enry] Cost [Sarah's maternal grandfather] died

1917    S[arah] E[valine] Arnet Cost [Sarah's maternal grandmother] [ditto marks under died]
1910    Robert [James] Howe [Sarah's father] dies

1926    Charles D. Salyers [Sarah's father-in-law] dies
1939     Alice Howe [Sarah's mother] [dies]

1944     W[illiam] L[evi] Salyers [Sarah's husband] dies

1905    William Salyers and Sarah Howe married

1907    Robert King Salyers [Sarah's first-born child] born to above

1910    James Richard & Mary Alice [Sarah's twins] born to above

1915    David Hillis Salyers Jr. (and brother) born. [
Sarah's second set of twins. The twin brother, named John, was stillborn. “Jr.” was actually “II.” David was named for his great-grandfather.]

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Handwritten Howe-Salyers Family Chronology, Part One: 1790-1883

I've struck family history gold! – Sarah Eva Howe's handwritten, year-by-year account of births, deaths, and marriages in her Howe-Salyers family. The 11 pages are in one of the scrapbooks Sarah compiled after her marriage, as she recorded family history for her children.
First page of Sarah's Howe-Salyers Family Chronology
Among the many names and dates, I've spotted some surprises and a few discrepancies that I want to sort out. In the meantime, here is my transcription of the first 93 years of Sarah's written chronology – 1790 to 1883, the year Sarah was born. She wrote in short phrases with explanations stuck here and there as she thought of them. Some years are out of sequence. I can picture her writing this history, suddenly remembering a birth that occurred in 1859 after she had already listed events that happened in the 1860s.

Within the transcript, parentheses are original to Sarah's handwriting. Brackets contain my own comments and clarifications. I've linked some names to previous posts about Sarah's ancestors. In several cases, links are duplicated because names are listed in the chronology more than once.

Chronology of Our Family, General
[On the first page is this notation: "1682-1799 Lamson-Freeman dates not included as they are complete elsewhere."]

1790(?)  Salyers — grandfather of D.H. Salyers 1st came to Kentucky with small son.

1790   Howe-Brown
Both families were living in “5-mile town.” We have a Bible dated 1790, property of Mrs. Brown, mother (or grandmother) of Sarah Brown Howe who came to Kentucky in 1847 (my grandmother) with her husband John and small son Will.

1772   Cost
Daniel Cost, [2 overwritten with a 4, or vice versa] years old, was left an orphan when parents were killed by Indians in Maryland, he was “bound out” to Major Beyer, who raised him as a son (of Philadelphia).

1800   Daniel Cost was married to Mary Fisher at home of Major Beyer (now in Maryland).

1811    Arnet — Grandpa David Arnet born in Albany, NY

1812    Cost — Grandpa Henry Cost born (in Maryland)

1817    Benjamin Lamson & Abigail Freeman married in Ohio on way to Indiana (both born in 1790s).

I have based all these dates on the year of death which I remember and the age at death, but perhaps they had not reached birthday. [Based on research, some of the years Sarah listed are a year or two off.]

1806(?)   Elisabeth Voris born Elizabeth(?), NJ.
1813(?)   Mary Arison [ditto mark = born] Lancaster County, Pa., of Quaker parents, came to Ohio (about) 1821.

1820(?)   David Hillis Salyers born to boy (name unknown) who came over from Va. with father in 1790 (his mother's and grandmother's name unknown to us)

1821    Howe — John Howe born at “5-mile town” C. Fermanagh Ireland

1823    Brown
Sarah Brown born, at same place as above. Her mother’s name was McKean and relatives of that name were already in America in the 1700s. [Name not legible] have her grandfather’s Bible (about 1800).

1829   King James Guthrie King (father’s name Daniel, mother’s was Guthrie We have further data elsewhere)

1825(?)  Amelia Lamson born at Craig Indiana (married D H Salyers)

1830     Father of D.H. Salyers died suddenly (in Indiana)

1831     Cost – Richard Henry, born Cincinnati

1835      David Arnet and Elizabeth Voris married in New Jersey.

1837      [7 is written over 8] Sarah Eva Arnet born (m. R H Cost)

1836(?)    Mary Mayfield born (m James King) (her mother’s name was Wood)

1846(?)    David Hillis Salyers, Amelia Lamson married (Ind[iana])

1845        John Howe and Sarah Brown married in Ireland

1847        They came to America to Flemingsburg Ky. with William Ficklin 2 months         old (first) son

1849        Charles David Salyers born on fathers plantation near Greenville, Miss.

1848        Margaret Elizabeth born to John and Sarah Howe

1851        Abigail born to David H and Amelia Salyers

1853        John Irvine, born to John and Sarah Howe

1855        Robert James [ditto marks = John and Sarah Howe]

1855        Thomas Deveraux born to DH & Amelia Salyers

1857        Katherine born to James Guthrie Salyers and Molly King

1855        James King and Molly Mayfield married (near Bedford)

1860        D H Salyers family settle in Carrollton

1856        Richard Cost and Sarah Eva Arnet married (Willie, first son born 1854 died ’58)

1857       Joseph Brown Howe born near Champaign Ill.

1859       Alice Ada Cost born to Richard Cost and Sarah Arnet (Dec.)

1860      [6 is written over a 5] George Thompson Howe born to John and Sarah Howe

1862     Sarah Varina born to [ditto marks = John and Sarah Howe]

1861?)   Jessie Fremont born to Richard and Sarah Cost

1859     Nancy [ditto marks = born to] James and Molly King

1859     John Howe & family settle in Carrollton

1866(?)  Josephine [ditto marks = born to] James and Molly King
             Naomi [ditto marks = born to] Richard & Sarah Cost

1869      Mary [ditto marks = born to Richard & Sarah Cost]

1859(?)   William Levi born to D H & Amelia

1864?    Ruth Salyers [ditto marks = born to D H & Amelia Salyers]

1861?    Rudolph Ferdinand [ditto marks = born to D H & Amelia Salyers]

1869     D. H. Salyers goes to Arkansas
            Elizabeth Howe dies at 21

1873    Wm F. Howe married Louise Winslow [in] Carrollton

1874    Charles D. Salyers married Katharine King

1874     David H. Salyers dies in Arkansas

1876    [Brothers] John [Irvin] and Robert Howe go to Europe for 9 month trip

1877    Sarah Brown Howe dies

1877    Lillie (Margaret Elizabeth) born to Wm. and Lou Winslow Howe

1875    Charles born to CD and Katharine Salyers (lived one day)

1876    James [ditto marks = born to CD and Katharine Salyers] lived five months

1878    William Levi, 3rd son born to [ditto marks = born to CD and Katharine Salyers]

1878(?)  Henry Cost dies in Cincinnati

1877     T.D. Salyers married to Miss Knox of Vevay, Ind.

1879    Louise born to T[homas] D. Salyers & wife

1879    John J. Howe born to Wm & Lou Howe (Nov.
same night as

1879    John Howe senior marries Jane Bell widow (from Cincinnati) with one (living)     daughter Katharine

1878    John I[rvine] Howe marries Lucy Froman (of Ghent)

1879    Lucy, wife of John I. Howe, dies by accidental drowning with unborn child (in     Covington)

1880    Robert King Salyers born to CD & Kate Salyers

1881    John I. Howe marries Miss Emily Bender Lynn, of Covington

1881    George Thompson Howe dies of tuberculosis in Colorado

1881    Alice Ada Cost meets Robert Howe at St. Paul’s Church (Methodist)

1878 or 79    John I. & Robert J. sent by father [John Howe] to Cincinnati to establish branch to sell products of woolen mills

1882    March 25, Alice Cost and Robert Howe become engaged, married 11th October     (same year)

1883    Sarah Eva Howe born to Alice at Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Aug. 10

Coming in the next post: Howe-Salyers Chronology Part 2, from 1883 to 1915, plus some additional "forgotten" earlier years and a few notes about Sarah's grandchildren born in the 1940s.

Second Page of Sarah Eva Howe's Family Chronology