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Howard Elliot King
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Birth: Dec. 21, 1862
Clearfield County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 20, 1936
Canyon County
Idaho, USA

History of Idaho : the gem of the mountains (Volume 2). (page 64 of 12


For a number of years Howard E. King has efficiently discharged his duties as
postmaster of Nampa, having been appointed to the office in July, 1913. He recently
received his second commission from the postoffice department at Washington as
evidence of his highly satisfactory services. Not only has he won the praise of the
department in Washingtoi
public, with whom in his official capacity he comes so frequently in contact.

Born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1862, Mr. King was
there reared and attended the graded and high schools until the age of eighteen,
when he entered upon a mercantile career at Deckers Point, Indiana county, Penn-
sylvania, there remaining until 1885. Seeking the opportunities of the newer west,
he removed to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1886 but there remained only a short time,
subsequently making his way to Nampa. Here he assisted in the building of the
railroad between this point and Boise. He fired the first engine that laid the
track and also the engine that pulled the first passenger train into Boise. In 1887
he and John W. Griffith laid out the Griffith & King addition, just across the rail-
road track from the depot, which is now a part of the city of Nampa. In the fall
of the same year he engaged with the firm of Nathan Falk & Brother in the mer-
cantile business and remained with them for four years, at the end of which period
he opened a book store under the name of King Brothers, his brother at that time
being postmaster of Nampa. He later sold the store and took charge of a store
for the Falk Mercantile Company on the Snake river and on the Boise, Nampa &
Oregon Railroad. When they sold their business Mr. King went to Murphy, on the
same line, and took charge of a store for the Owyhee Commercial Company, but they
in turn sold out and he returned to Nampa, where he established himself in the
insurance and bonding business, which he successfully followed until he was ap-
pointed postmaster in July, 1913. Recently he has been recommlssioned as post-
master and is now discharging his duties to the great satisfaction of the general public.

On March 1, 1893, Mr. King was united in marriage to Cornelia R. Handy, of
Fort Collins, Colorado, and they have two sons: Ralph, twenty-three years of age,
who at the outbreak of the World war was attending Yale University but enlisted in
the ordnance department and upon his discharge continued his law course at Yale;
and Henry, aged twenty-two, who is attending the State University at Moscow, tak-
ing the engineer's course. There are also two daughters: Margaret, who is attend-
ing the College of Idaho in the expectation of becoming a teacher; and Florence,
who is a high school student at Nampa.

Mr. King has ever had at heart the growth and development of his community,
having often given his support to valuable measures. In 1887 he voted for Governor
Hawley against Du Bois. In the late '80s he was a candidate for the legislature but
his campaign was not crowned with, success. As county commissioner of Canyon
county in 1896-7 he did excellent work and has ever been active in politics, giving
his allegiance to the democratic party. Personally Mr. King is a man of the most
pleasing address and genial manner, who easily makes friends and yet who is dis-
criminating in his friendships. 
Family links: 
  Susan Walls Grumbling (1834 - 1908)
  Cornelia Rebecca Handy King (1863 - 1951)*
  Florence King (1901 - 1972)*
  Durward L King (1860 - 1934)*
  Howard Elliot King (1862 - 1936)
*Calculated relationship
Kohlerlawn Cemetery
Canyon County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Sec, OC, Lot 134, Space 1
Created by: Larry King Jr.
Record added: Mar 30, 2012
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Howard Elliot King
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Howard Elliot King
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