DR. ELIAS A. HOWE, of Mt. Auburn, was born in Canada West, Province of Ontario, Oct. 9, 1838. He is a son of Elias A. and Armena (Tryon) Howe. His father was born in Long Island, N. Y., and was of English descent; his mother was a native of Canada.
Dr. Howe left Canada in 1851 and came to Henry County, Iowa, and was there six years, acting as an agent of the great coal company of Mt. Pleasant. On the 20th of April, 1856, he was united in marriage in Missouri, while still a resident of Salem, Henry County, to Miss Sarah Smith, a daughter of Willard and Drusilla (Howland) Smith; she was born in Canada. He then removed to Sandwich, Ill., where he began the study of medicine with Dr. Lowe, of that place, and began practice in Sandwich. He went to Michigan soon after and practiced one year, and in 1863 located in Fayette County, Iowa, where he remained until 1874, when he came to Mt. Auburn, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession.
Dr. Howe united with the Baptist Church at the age of fourteen years, and was ordained a minister of the Gospel at Colesburg, Iowa, in 1870, and has since been connected with the ministry. Previous to this time he was engaged in mission work. He has been pastor of some church nearly all the time since his ordination, and has traveled as an evangelist to some extent. He has attended medical lectures but is not a graduate of any college. He is a self-made man, and has built up a successful medical practice in this vicinity.
Dr. and Mrs. Howe have five children — one boy and four girls; Emma, wife of Charles Wilson, of Fayette County, Iowa; C. Dora, wife of C. V. Christopher, of Mt. Auburn; Ida A., wife of Alfred G. Smith, of Mt. Auburn; Edwin A. married Rosalia Shultz, and lives in Cedar Township; Mary E. is the wife of Frank M. Richardson, of Mt. Auburn.The Doctor has a farm of eighty acres on section 2, Cedar Township, and forty-three acres two and a half miles southeast of Mt. Auburn; he also owns his residence. In politics he is a Republican.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 336 & 339.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.