Biography of David Howarth
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Howarth, David, son of John and Ann (Meadcroft) Howarth, was born at Small Bridge. in Lancashire, England. January 19, 1841. As a youth he attended the common schools of his native village and worked in the woolen mills of Rochdale. At the age of eight years he left school and found steady employment in the mills, working in different departments until he was twenty five years old. At this time he engaged in the manufacture of oat cakes, later adding bread to his stock. He continued in this business for fourteen years, and in April, 1881, came to this country, settling in Fall River, where he afterwards resided. He first engaged in shirt and overall making, selling his product to different stores and ofttimes, when business was dull, peddling it. He later entered the employ of John Robinson as a candy peddler, but soon started in the confectionery business for himself; first locating on Alden street. then on Bedford street. then on the corner of Quaquechan and County streets, from which location he removed to the store on Pleasant street. Mr. Howarth was very successful and enjoyed a large wholesale and retail trade. He was a member of the Pilgrim Fathers and the Order of Odd Fellows. In 1864 he married Betty Scoffield of Lancashire, Eng., and they had ten children, only one surviving, David. Mr. Howarth died at sea on the steamer "Oatalonia," on September 1, 1898.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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