Biography of Glenn Howard
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Glenn Howard is the owner of a thoroughly modern printing plant at Ashland, where he is engaged in the publication of the Ashland Gazette as well as in the conduct of a large and growing job printing business. A native of Minnesota, he was born at Pine Island, February 8, 1870, a son of Harry G. and Mary A. (Potter) Howard. The father was born at Columbus, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1831, and the mother at Mauston, Wisconsin. In the year 1853 the father removed to Sauk county, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming until January 15, 1864, when in response to the country's continued need for soldiers at the front he enlisted as a member of Company A, Nineteenth Wisconsin Infantry, and served until 1865. From that year until 1872 he operated a farm in Goodhue county, Minnesota, his place being situated in Pine Island township. In October, 1872, he removed to Fairview. near Marshall, Lyon county, Minnesota, and there secured a homestead, after which he sold his Goodhue county farm in the spring of 1873 and removed to the homestead property in Lyon county. His attention and efforts were then concentrated upon the development, cultivation and improvement of his land, which he continued to operate throughout his remaining days. He passed away January 28, 1890, having for a long period survived his wife, who was called by death in December, 1873.

Glenn Howard was reared and educated at Marshall, Minnesota, and remained with his father until the latter's death. He then went to Canby, Minnesota, where he learned the printer's trade under the direction of his brother, working there for about three years. In 1892 he purchased a newspaper plant at Alden, which he operated for seventeen years, when he sold out and removed to Hooper, Nebraska. There be purchased a. newspaper which he published for four years or until November, 1913, when he went upon the road for the Western Newspaper Union, which he represented until June, 1914. At that date he came to Ashland and purchased the Ashland Gazette and office. He has since greatly improved the plant, installing a new linotype machine, and he has a thoroughly modern printing office equipped with everything necessary for the conduct of a business of this character. The paper now has a. circulation of seventeen hundred and fifty and in addition to its publication Mr. Howard conducts a large and profitable general job printing business.

On the 5th of October, 1892, Mr. Howard was united in marriage to Miss Minnie S Hulbert, her parents being George D. and Lestina (Briggs) Hulbert, the former born in Pennsylvania, August 12, 1839, and the latter in Ohio, May 22, 1852. George D. Hulbert is a railroad man who has spent the greater part of his life at Wells, Minnesota, but is at present living retired on his farm near Meadow, South Dakota. His wife also survives. Mr. and Mrs. Howard are the parents of four children, as follows: Harold A., who was born December 9, 1894, and is now a student in the Lincoln Dental College of the University of Nebraska; Genevieve L., who was born February 3, 1897, and attends the University of Nebraska and the University School of Music at Lincoln; Sylvia M., who was born April 25, 1905, and is a public school student; and Dorothy, whose birth occurred March 13, 1908, and who is also attending school.

Mr. Howard has always taken a deep and helpful interest in public affairs in the various communities in which he has lived. At Alden, Minnesota, he served for five years as president of the council and was also a member of the school board. He was secretary of the Dodge County Fair Association at Hooper, Nebraska, and for one year acted as president of the Commercial Club. He is a member of the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias lodge, the Modem Woodmen of America and the Eastern Star and is loyal to the teachings of these different societies. Politically he is independent, voting according to the dictates of his judgment without regard to party ties. In religious faith he is a Congregationalist and has served as superintendent of the Sunday school. He manifests a deep and abiding interest in the work of the church and does everything in his power to further its welfare. Those who know him, and he has a wide acquaintance, entertain for him warm regard because he is ever a courteous, genial gentleman, an enterprising and reliable business man and a progressive citizen whose defense and support of public affairs of importance on many occasions take most tangible shape.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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