|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1833|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1893|
From the Rutland Daily Herald & Globe, June 5, 1893:
The local community was shocked Sunday to hear of the sudden death of Judge Howe of Castleton. Judge Howe had attended regularly to his duties as county clerk and was in Rutland as usual Saturday. People who met him casually had no idea that he was not as well as ever, although it turns out that for some little time he had not felt in his usual health. He complained of shortness of breath after walking, etc., in such a way that some men got an idea that he might be troubled about his heart. It is not known that he consulted a physician, although he had spoken of doing so.
Judge Howe went to his home in Castleton after the days work was done in Rutland Saturday as usual, and nothing at all alarming was noticed until the very moment of his death. Mrs. Howe is not in form health; she has for years been much of the time an invalid, and it was the Judge's tender care of her that lead him to keep his residence in Castleton and go to his home every night after he became county clerk and of course spend his days in Rutland. He slept in a room upstairs, while his wife's room was downstairs. It happened that the two were Saturday night entirely alone in the house. The night was sultry and both were wakeful. Mrs. Howe went upstairs at about 2 o'clock and suggested that the Judge come down to her room, where it was cooler, and sleep on a cot or sofa. He assented, and both came down. They had [illegible] conversation while the Judge sat on a sofa, and finally he said that he could not sleep and asked Mrs. Howe to get him some chloral. She started to get it, but heard her husband breathing heavily or gasping, and turned to find him dead. She immediately ran to a neighbor's house and gave the alarm, and friends and a physician came but nothing could be done. This was about 2:30 o'clock. Death was almost instantaneous, and the cause could not be determined, although failure of the heart is thought probable.
John Howe was born in Castleton October 18, 1833, and passed nearly the whole of his life there. He was the son of Zimri and Hannah (Norton) Howe. Zimri was a Castleton lawyer, a prominent man of affairs and a member of the old state Council. John was educated in the common school, fitted for college largely under the [illegible] of an older sister, and graduated at Middlebury college in 1852 at the age of 18 years. He studied law in his father's office and at the Albany law school and was admitted to the bar when he was 21 years old. He immediately began the practice of his profession, but his work as a lawyer was from the first largely in office and business life rather than in the courts. With a character and temperament which made friends upon every hand and always gave him popularity, and unremitting faithfulness to duty he was naturally put in public office a great deal, and in fact was almost always in some position of trust. He was elected town clerk and held the place until he left town, to be again elected to it when he returned and hold it until his whole term of service was 26 years and he left it to become county clerk. He was register of probate for the Fair Haven district from 1861 to 1864 and [illegible] two elections as state's attorney, serving from 1879 to 1883. He represented Castleton in the legislature in 1867 and again in 1878. He was elected assistant judge in 1888 and again in 1890. He held this office, with the town clerkship, [illegible] April, 1891, when he was appointed county clerk and resigned his other office. He took possession of the county clerk's officer June 4, 1891 - exactly two years before he died.
Mr. Howe went to Germantown, Pa., in 1868, and shortly after to Florida, where he became interested in the lumber business. He lived there until 1877, when he returned to Castleton. His services were sought in Florida as here, for he was superintendent of schools and assessor of internal revenue and deputy county clerk during a part of the time he stayed there, in in 1874 and 1875 was mayor of the city of Apalachicola, in which he lived.
Judge Howe enlisted in the 2d Vermont regiment when the war of the rebellion broke out, and went to field as second lieutenant of company B. An injured foot soon gave him such serious trouble that he was soon forced to resign and return home. His service developed rheumatic trouble in the foot and leg from which he never recovered, and he was lame and compelled to use a cane in a way almost painful to the day of his death, and for the disability he drew a pension.
Judge Howe married Helen, daughter of E.D. Barber of Middlebury, in 1856 and in 1860 Helen M. Hunt, who survives him. He had three sons, one by his first and two by his second wife, all of whom are living. They are Edward B., of Turner, Ill.; Henry H., of Carr, Co., and William G., of Labonta, Wyo.
Judge Howe was a quiet, unobtrusive man, always active and industrious, of sterling integrity, competent and faithful in every position and to every trust, always a useful citizen and a man highly esteemed in the community. Castleton will miss him sadly.
Arrangements for the funeral cannot be announced until answers are received to telegrams sent the sons in the West.
Zimri Howe (1786 - 1863)
Hannah B. Norton Howe (1791 - 1868)
Helen Barber Howe (1834 - 1859)
Helen M. Hunt Howe (1838 - 1895)
Helen Howe (1867 - 1867)*
Charles S. Howe (1874 - 1881)*
Emoline Howe (1817 - 1838)*
John Howe (1833 - 1893)
Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Jun 11, 2009
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