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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     MILTON B. HOWE is a member of the firm of Rogers and Howe, pioneers and leading merchants of Waterville.  The firm does a large business and in addition to merchandise have been leaders in various other enterprises in this county.
     Milton B. Howe was born in Faribault, Minnesota, on October 27, 1860.  His father, George G. Howe, was a native of New York and the paternal grandfather of our subject was born in South Farmingham, Massachusetts, and the wife of that gentleman was born in New York state.  The father was a surveyor and for many years followed his profession in Minnesota, doing a large portion of the government surveying in the southern part of that state.  He was several years in the land department of the Great Northern railroad.  Leaving there in 1890, he came to Waterville and joined his son.  The mother of our subject was Emily A. (Nutting) Howe, a native of South Amherst, Massachusetts, and descended from the original noted family that was prominent in colonial times.  She was killed in an accident on the Great Northern railroad, while enroute to her husband at Waterville, in 1890.
     Our subject received his education in Faribault, Minnesota, completing there the high school course.  After his graduation he entered the employ of J. B. Wheeler a wholesale and retail merchant, and for seven years continued in that capacity, five of the years being spent in the management of the office.  In March, 1888, he came to Waterville and soon opened his present business with his brother-in-law, A. L. Rogers, who is named elsewhere in this work.  Since that time, the firm has been doing a large business and now own a great deal of property in this part of the city.
     In June, 1897, at Spokane, Mr. Howe married Miss Bessie L., daughter of Charles H. and Mary (Lockwood) Armstrong, natives of New York and now residing in Spokane.  The mother's father was an Episcopal minister in China for two years and is now deceased.  Mrs. Howe has two brothers, Edwin and Henry, and one sister, Josephine.  To Mr. and Mrs. Howe, two children have been born: Margaret, aged five; and Laurence, aged six months.  Mr. Howe is a member of the A. F. & A. M., being a past master.
     Politically, he is a Republican and has been delegate to the conventions and he is now serving as director of the high school and chairman of the school board of Waterville.  He was several years city councilman.  Mrs. Howe is a member of the Episcopal church.
 
 

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