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.
ALBERT HOWARD, one of the prosperous
and energetic agriculturists of Lincoln county, resides about nine miles
north from Reardon where he has a fine estate, well improved and in a high
state of cultivation. He was born in Iowa, on August 7, 1847, being
the son of Nathan and Sarah (Rickman) Howard, early pioneers of Iowa, in
which place they remained until their death. The father died when
our subject was two years of age. He received his education in his
native state and there remained until October 16, 1863, at which time he
enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry. From that time until February
28, 1866, he served his country in a military capacity then received an
honorable discharge, after which he returned to Cedar county, Iowa, and
engaged in farming. About 1878, Mr. Howard came to California, settling
in Placer county. Two years later, he journeyed thence to Lane county,
Oregon, and in October of the same year, returned to California.
The ensuing five years were spent in Placer county after which he came
to Lincoln county and bought a quarter section. Subsequently, he
purcased a half section which now forms the estate of his home place.
Mr. Howard has been one of the influential
and leading citizens of this part of the county since arriving here and
has become prosperous in this world's goods. He frequently spends
winters in California and travels considerably. He is a member of
the G. A. R. in Reardan and a man of excellent standing.
On June 12, 1878, in Lane county, Oregon,
Mr. Howard married Miss Mary, daughter of George B. and Minerva (Ward)
Benton, natives of Kentucky. They were pioneers of Indiana and later
in Oregon, where they now reside. The father is a veteran of the
Civil War, having served during the entire time. To this marriage,
the following children have been born, Clayton and Lee, living in Lincoln
county; Minnie, deceased; Williard and George, at home.