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.