Biography of John C. Howk
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Howk, John C., was born in Washington county, N. Y., March 7, 1836, a son of Horace and Fanny (Crouch) Howk of Washington county. The father of Horace was Andrew Howk, whose parents came from Holland and settled in Washington county in an early day, the name having been originally Van Huyck. The mother of our subject died in Fort Ann in 1838 and his father married second, Henrietta Spencer, daughter of Captain Phones Spencer, of Revolutinary fame, and they had three sons. He was a Republican in politics. John C., our subject, came to Wayne county at the age of nine years and was reared by his uncle and aunt Loron and Elects Whitney of this county, received his education in district school and Webster Academy. He followed farming for thirty years upon the farm of 70 acres left him by his uncle in the west part of the town of Ontario and which he still owns. And in 1888 came to the village of Ontario and engaged in the coal and lumber trade where he still resides. He is a member of the Presbytenan Church, has been an elder and superintendent of the Sunday school twenty six years in succession and served one year as president of the Wayne County Sunday School Association. He is a Republican and has served as supervisor two years. He is a member of the Royal Templar of Temperance and of the South Shore Grange No. 552, of which he has been a masterfor seven years. In 1858 Mr. Howk married Catherine, daughter of Dr. L. Whitcomb of Macedon Center, N. Y., who practiced medicine in Wayne county about forty years and who was a member of the Legislature in 1853. His wife was Deborah (Wells) Whitcomb, of Washington county, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Howk have five sons, of whom Loron W. was educated in Webster Academy and Rochester University, graduating in 1888 and from the medical department of the University of Michigan in 1891, and who is now a practicing physician in Rochester, N. Y. He married Ella Hildreth, of California. Edson J. was educated in Webster Academy and the Genesee Normal School His wife is Nina Gardner and they have one son, Luther J. Judson W. resides at home, having been educated in the Genesee Normal SchooL Oscar L. is also being educated at the latter school. Horace J. resides at home and is attending the village school. They have also adopted a brother's child, H. May who is now eight years of age.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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