|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1839|
City of London
Greater London, England
|Death: ||May 28, 1908|
("The Journal-Herald" newspaper of Avoca, Iowa dated May 28, 1908 on p. 1)
Thursday noon while eating his dinner Francis How Sr. was stricken with apoplexy and died at 9:15 that evening, never regaining consciousness.
The funeral services were held Sunday at his late home at 2 o'clock, where a large congregation of his neighbors and friends gathered to pay their last respects to the departed one. His casket was layed in a bed of the most beautiful flowers from friends of many years. Among the floral gifts was a beautiful star of carnations and pink roses from T. J. McMullen of Council Bluffs and an anchor of carnations, roses and sweet peas from Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Marble and daughter, also of that city.
Francis How Sr., was born in London, England, on the 24 day of June, 1839, his parents being Jeremiah and Eliza (Phillips) How. Mr. How lived in England until he was twenty-three years old, and in 1862 he crossed the Atlantic and first located in Canada. In 1863 he went to Buffalo, New York, where he enlisted for service in the civil war in the fall of 1863, as a member of Company L, Thirteenth New York Heavy Artillery. He served for two years and seven months and was in a number of engagements, including the battle of Fort Fisher. He was discharged in 1865 after having rendered valuable service to his adopted country for almost three years. When mustered out of service he returned to England, but only to remain three months, when he returned to New York, where he was married to Miss Caroline Thomas, also a native of England.
In 1867 he with his family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they lived three years, following the occupation of farming for two years. In 1872 he moved to Avoca, where he established a restaurant, and at the end of two years he and his wife opened a millinery and notion store calling it "The Fair" in which business they continued until 1902, meeting with excellent success.
After selling out this business Mr. and Mrs. How took a trip to England, where they spent a year with relatives and friends.
Besides an invalid wife, Mr. How leaves to mourn his loss three sons, Frank R. How, Jr., of Council Bluffs, Harry How of Avoca and Sidney How of Council Bluffs, and one daughter, Miss Edith at home.
Mr. How belonged to the Masonic lodge of this city under whose auspices the funeral was held.
Francis How was one of the best known men in our city. He was always ready to assist for the good of the community. In business he made friends by dealing honestly and upright by his fellow men. In the death of Mr. How this community has lost a good citizen, a kind neighbor and friend.
Caroline Thomas How (1843 - 1908)*
Plot: Section 6 Row 27
Created by: Barbara Butcher
Record added: Jan 21, 2012
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