Biography of Mrs. Ophelia F. B. Howell (w/o Dr. Lyle A.)
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Howell, Mrs. Ophelia F. B., was born in New York city, as were her two sisters, Mary Magdalena and Sophia Helena, daughters of Bernard and Mary Magdalena (Neumiller) Rombach. Bernard Rombach was a native of Hanover and his wife of Frankfort-on-the-Main. Mr. and Mrs. Rombach came to New York city in 1850 and engaged in the furniture business. He was a carver by trade, having learned in the old country. After a short stay in New York city the family removed to Troy, where Mr. Rombach worked at his trade; he was a Mason; he died in 1870 and Mrs. Rombach died in 1886; also the two daughters Sophia Helen and Mary Magdalena, leaving only one of the number, Ophelia F. B. Rombach. At the age of twelve years Ophelia Rombach was employed in the collar manufactory of Smith & House and soon became forewoman, remaining about five years, when being offered a better position, she engaged as forewoman for Tim & Co., where she had charge of all the works; she remained with them until she married Dr. Lyle A. Howell, son of Albert L. and Ellen Homer Howell of Mohawk Mr. Howell is a dentist by profession. They have one daughter, Lura Alice Sophia Howell. In 1884 Mrs. 0. F. Howell purchased the Burden Lake Hotel, now known as The Howell, or Lakeside Inn; it has been rebuilt and greatly enlarged and improved, and is one of the finest summer resort houses among the lakes of the town; the fishing is excellent, and guests receive first class accommodations.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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