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Howard, Dr. Irwin Proctor 1875-1931


Posted By: Toni Sly (email)
Date: 1/2/2004 at 20:16:38

Dr. I. P. Howard Is Called to Reward

Perhaps no death in some time caused such a feeling of sorrow and regret in town as was caused by the death of Dr. I. P. Howard, who died at his home last Thursday. Practically all knew that he was afflicted with cancer of the tongue and that he had been a patient sufferer for several months. Dr. Howard enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of friends. He was town health physician for many years. This town loses a valuable citizen in the death of Dr. Howard.

Irwin Proctor Howard, youngest son of Sarah Proctor and John Howard, was born January 17, 1875 on a farm owned by his parents one and one-half miles northeast of Randalia, Iowa. Here he spent his early childhood, attending the Randalia and Fayette public schools until he was eleven years of age, when he came to Strawberry Point, Iowa, to make his home with his brother, Dr. F. H. Howard. Here he attended the Strawberry Point public schools, from which he graduated in 1893.

After teaching one year in what was known as the Stamp district school southeast of Strawberry Point, he entered the State University at Iowa City to take up the study of medicine. For two years he studied there, being privileged to reside in the fammily of Dr. Frank Newberry, an association he always pleasantly remembered. From Iowa City he entered the Hahneman Medical School of Chicago, from which institution he received his degree. After serving his interneship, he returned to Strawberry Point to enter into partnership with his brother, Dr. F. H. Howard. This association continued for a period of six years.

On May 28, 1902 he was united in marriage with Jennie M. Nace of Strawberry Point, Iowa. To this union, one son was born, Donald F. Howard, now a teacher in the Lamont, Iowa, public schools. Shortly after his marriage, Dr. Howard purchased the practice of Dr. Baker of Oelwein, Iowa. He resided there but a short time, however, as Dr. Baker on returning to Oelwein, desired to buy back his practice. Having sold to Dr. Baker, Dr. Howard returned to Strawberry Point. Shortly after, he purchased the City Drug Store and entered into partnership with C. L. Eaton, now of Armstrong, Iowa. After some years, Dr. Howard sold the drug store, and following a medical post graduate course in Chicago, again took up the active practice of medicine in his office at his residence, just off West Mission street. Here he continued to carry on a wide practice up to the beginning of his last illness. There are few families in, and within a wide radius of Strawberry Point, whom Dr. Howard has not served at some time in a professional way.

His chief characteristics were kindness, gentleness, love of home and family and extreme conscientiousness in his work. He was generous, public-spirited and of a social nature, but because of the affliction of deafness, found his chief joy in his extensive reading and the diversion of the radio.

At the beginning of 1931, he suddenly became afflicted with a malady which medical science cannot combat. Though every effort was made to effect a cure, he succumbed to the dread disease of cancer of the throat on October first. During his last illness he was patient, kind and resigned.

He was a member of the Ustions, a Medical Fraternity, was a Mason of long standing, a member of the M. W. A. and the R. N. A. and was a chrter member of the Strawberry Point Lions Club. For many years he served as local Health Officer, which position he held at the time of his death. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, he and his son having entered the church under the leadership of W. W. Maxwell.

He leaves to mourn his passing a devoted wife and son, his wife's mother, Mrs. Amelia Nace, who has been a member of his family for four years, four brothers, Dr. F. H. Howard of Strawberry Point, Chas. and John Howard of West Union, and Bert Howard of Orville, California, a sister, Mrs. Abbie Combs of Allens, Nebraska, two half-sisters, Mrs. Mary McNaul of Randalia, Iowa, and Emma Albert of Eureka Springs, California, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A little poem entitled "The Doctor" aptly expresses the life of Dr. Howard.

"The Doctor"

He walks with modest mien and kindly eye
Along the street: and few would ever guess
That 'mid the hurrying throngs that surge and press,
A master soul had passed them gently by.
His smile is such that little children hie
To bask them in its genial wholesomeness;
And when he speaks his words of cherriness
Shed welcome sunshine, like a spring-noon sky.
A simple man, yet, none in all the land
More great! For he is ever found

(continued in Edgewood section)

Dr. I. P. Howard Is Called to Reward

(continued from Point section)
Where beds of human suffering grimly stand,
And there, with soul alert, he lives his art--
The tender gift of healing in his hand
And God's sweet law of service in his heart.

The funeral services were held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Reverend Lewis Troyer of the First Congregational Church, officiating.

The autumn day was ideal. A large assemblage filled the house and grounds and a profusion of lovely flowers gave touching tribute to the deceased. Interment was made in the beautiful Strawberry Point cemetery with the impressive funeral rites of the Masonic Order.

Messers Fred Davis, Leslie Davis, Don Courtnage, Chas. Newberry, L. W. Preston, and Dr Eaton were acting pall-bearers. The honorary pall-bearers were Drs. Jud Shellito and A. G. Agnew of Independence, Dr. Hennessy of Calmar and Drs. Harris and Alderson of Dubuque.

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Howard and Mr. and Mrs. John Howard of West Union, Mrs. Mary McNaul of Radalia, Mrs. W. B. Richards of Council Bluffs, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder of Oelwein, Mr. W. Nace, Sr. and daughter and Mr. W.. Nace, Jr. and wife of Arlington, Supt. and Mrs. Young and Miss Alleen Havens of Lamont, Mr. E. M. Phillips of West Union, Miss Merna Shipley of Cresco, Mr. Clare Treadwell of Cedar Rapids, Mr. and Mrs. Henry, and the Mesdames Griffith, Wroten and Lang of Greeley, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peck of Colesburg, Mr. C. W. Schuh and daughter of Oelwein, Supt. Arthur Young of Delhi and the Misses Gladwin of Arlington.


Some of the SURNAMES were omitted upon posting this obituary.

My Connection to this obituary is:

I.P. Howard's son, Donald F. Howard, married my aunt----Alleen Havens Howard. I think she and Don taught in Greeley, Manchester and Lamont?

Don passed away in 1989. Alleen passed away last
Saturday, 12/27/03 at the Cedar Falls Lutheran Home at age 94. They requested NO obits be published upon their deaths.

I do have biographies for both Don & Alleen.
I will post them as soon as I can.

I found this obituary on the last page of her huge MEMORY BOOK from Boone High School. I'd been looking for it since Don passed away and had given up!

I know Uncle Don would be pleased to have his father remembered in this way.

I hope to hear from some Howard "cousins"! (:>)

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