Biography of Stedman M. Howe
Riverside County, CA Biographies





STEDMAN M. HOWE
Attracted to San Jacinto because of its mild and healthful climate and to enable himself and family to enjoy the comforts made possible by many years of activity on a farm in South Dakota, Mr. Howe settled one mile from the city of San Jacinto on Central avenue in 1906.

S. M. Howe was born October 2, 1846, in Worcester, Vt., a son of Samuel and Abigail N. (Bixby) Howe. The former died in 1853, and some time later Mrs. Howe married a Mr. Tucker. She died at Tunbridge, Vt., July 14, 1874. In 1853 the family moved to Middlesex, thence to Williamstown, and still later to Tunbridge. Mr. Howe received his education in the district schools and completed it by taking a business course in a New Hampshire college. He then engaged in farming and after a time located in Lowell, Mass., in time going to Bethel, thence to West Randolph, Vt., where he was engaged in teaming. In 1878 he moved to Clay county, S. Dak., where three years later he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres and also took up a like amount, proving up on his land and improving it and carrying on farming operations until 1905. That farm is now conceded to be one of the best in that part of the state. Mr. Howe still retains the ownership of it. In the above named year he leased the farm and took his family to Florida, and for two years traveled about, visiting many points of interest and finally landing in California, over which he traveled to some extent prior to locating on his present place. He came to San Jacinto expecting to spend some time at the hot springs and finding his present tract of land unimproved and for sale, purchased it and began its improvement. There were two flowing wells on the place and he installed a system of irrigation suitable for his needs and now has a valuable property.

In 1893 Mr. Howe was united in marriage with Miss Hannah B. Rockery, who was born April 14, 1857, in Clinton county, Pa., and whose parents were both natives of that state. Her father passed away there in 1865, and her mother in Wisconsin in 1893. To Mr. and Mrs. Howe one son, Samuel A., was born November 19, 1898, in South Dakota, and is now attending the grammar school in San Jacinto. They have an adopted daughter, Olive, now the wife of Roy Mead of San Jacinto. She was born April 1, 1890, in Vermilion, S. Dank.

In politics Mr. Howe votes for the men and measures he deems best suited to the conditions, regardless of party lines, and has never sought office. He is a liberal supporter of all movements for the upbuilding of the locality and since his location here has proven his worth as a man and citizen.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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