Biography of Dr. Barker C. Howland
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Howland, Barker Cushman, M. D., was born in Dartmouth, May 25, 1846, at the head of the Apponagansett River, where he lived until 1853, when the family removed to Bliss Corners, near New Bedford, where his father, who had been in California during the early days of the gold excitement, had just built a residence. When he was twelve years of age his grandfather died and he went to care for his grandmother and to take charge of the farm at Apponagansett, and while here he attended the academy at Pandanaram, South Dartmouth, for five years and was graduated with a good record for scholarship. Directly after graduation (June, 1863) he went to San Francisco, Cal., and took charge of a coal, oil and lamp business, being at this time but seventeen; he conducted this business but a short time, when he went into the employ of wholesale drug firms: Crane & Brigham and later with Langley Crowell & Co., in the same city; beginning at the bottom he gradually became thoroughly posted in the business and after an experience of seven months with a like firm in Sacramento, returned to San Francisco and was employed by Redingtou & Co., wholesale druggists; after two years in their employ he went to Forbestown, Butte county, Cal., and located a gold mine. After remaning there some time he returned to San Francisco and entered the wholesale drug firm of Heathfield, Bogel & Co. and became a traveling salesman, remaining in this capacity three years, and although he was said to be the youngest salesman in the wholesale drug trade on the Pacific coast, established a large trade. In the mean time he had applied himself to the study of medicine under the regime of the old school, but after careful investigation, decided to embrace homoeopathy, and returned to the East to complete his studies. For some time he studied and practiced with Dr. E. R. Sisson of New Bedford, and in 1871 he entered the New York Homoeopathic Medical College, from which he was graduated in March, 1873, and began his present practice in New Bedford the following month and has met with most gratifying success. Dr. Howland is a member of one of the oldest Puritan families, a direct descendant in the ninth generation from Henry Howland, who was born in England and settled in Plymouth Colony before 1625, and who was reported in the old records to have been an intelligent and useful citizen, although he early joined the Friends and was much persecuted in consequence. The line of descent is as follows: Henry,1 Zoeth,2 Nathaniel,3 James,4 James,5 Timothy,6 Abner,7 William W.,8 and Barker Cushman.9 Dr. Howland. is a prominent Mason, a member of blue lodge Star in the East, Adoniram R. A. Chapter, New Bedford Council, Sutton Commandery No. 16 and New Bedford Chapter No. 49, Order of the Eastern Star, and he is also a member of Acushnet Lodge No. 41, of Odd Fellows. He married, May 25, 1876, Mary E., daughter of Weston K. and Eleanor M. Raymond, of New Bedford.

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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