Biography of Edward W. Howell
North Central Ohio Biographies

Edward W. Howell, who is identified with the Northern Ohio Telephone Company as manager of the Norwalk district, is a representative young business man of Huron County and a veteran of the World War. He was born at Columbiana, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1891, the son of Joseph and Rosa (Snyder) Howell.

Joseph Howell is a native of Ohio, born at Washingtonville. He is a graduate of Mt. Union College and now lives retired at Salem, Ohio. For a number of years Mr. Howell had the contract for carrying government mail between Columbiana and Youngstown, Ohio. He later became well known as a paving contractor. He is a Democrat and held the office of street commissioner of Columbiana for a number of years. His wife was born at Columbiana. They are members of the Grace Reformed Church, of Salem. To Mr. and Mrs. Howell were born five children: 1. Edward W., the subject of this sketch. 2. Carl, a World War veteran, having served in France. 3. Robert. 4. Lena, married R. J. Taylor. 5. Ellen, married Ralph Ball. All except Edward W. are residents of Salem.

Edward W. Howell received his education in the public schools of Columbiana and Salem. After his graduation from Salem High School he entered the employ of the Salem Hardware Company. His next position was as manager of the substation of the Youngstown Ohio River Railway Company. He was serving as supervising foreman of the Central District and Printing Telephone Company, of Salem, Ohio, in 1914, when he resigned to become construction foreman for the Ohio State Telephone Company at Youngstown. In 1916 he was appointed inspector of toll lines for the Ohio State Telephone Company at Columbus, but the following year resigned to enlist for service in the World War. He enlisted in the U. S. Signal Corps and was assigned to the 23rd Field Signal Battalion, and sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia. He was later transferred to the 307th Field Signal Battalion and served in France with this outfit. He participated in the St. Mihiel and Meuse Argonne offensive, and was discharged from the service June 15, 1919, with the rank of Master Signal Electrician. Mr. Howell then went to Toledo, Ohio, for the Central Union Telephone Company as an inspector in their engineering department. He later was supervising foreman of the Ohio State Telephone Company at Toledo, and from there went to Columbus as inspector in the engineering department for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company. Mr. Howell's next position was as assistant engineer with A. S. Hillhouse, consulting engineers, Columbus, and he also was assistant engineer with the Gustav Hirsch Organization in Columbus. He came to Norwalk in March, 1927, as plant engineer and assistant construction engineer for the Northern Ohio Telephone Company and was promoted to his present position as manager of the Norwalk district in October, 1928.

Mr. Howell is a Republican. He is affiliated with B. P. O. Elks, No. 730; 40 and 8 Society; American Legion, Past Commander of Ken-Bur-Bell Post, No. 41; and belongs to the Catawba Cliff Beach Club.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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