The Howards and the Humpresses came from England. Titus Howard and
Sarah Humphress were born in Indiana and were married there. They
later moved to Muscatine, Iowa; where their family of six children
were born. They left Indiana for Colorado in the late 1800's. On the
way, they stopped in Arkansas where Titus cut wood for the new
Westbound Railroad. From Arkansas, they came to Iowa in about 1900.
They lived on a farm southwest of Elliott (just down the road south
of the old Reed farm).
Their six children were three boys: Alfred, William and Herbert; and
three girls: Emma, Maggie and Nellie.
Alfred had the ice business in Elliott for a number of years. He
Herbert went to Oregon to live, after serving in the U. S. Army
during World War I.
Maggie married a Clause and had four children, one being Alfred
Clause who lived in or near Elliott in later years.
Nellie married an Anderson and had one son, named Sherwood, who
lived in Red Oak for awhile, many years ago.
married a Myers. They had eight children. Only one of their children
is still living. She is Mrs. Frank Burgess (Carrie). She and Frank
and their children, Margaret and Howard lived here many years. She
now lives in San Bernardino, California.
William Howard worked for the Joe Petty Seed Co. and a Hardware
store in Elliott. He married Hope Thompson (another family history
in this book). They had two sons, Leon and Donald.
married Lucille Lary of Griswold, Ia. He served 22 years in the U.
S. Navy and after retiring from the Navy he worked at Hill Air Force
Base in Civil Service. He is retired now, and they live in Ogden,
Utah and Boulder City, Nevada. They have two daughters, Jean Varner
of Ogden, Utah; and Linda Stevens of Salt lake City, Utah.
married Velma Guffey of Elliott. He also retired from the U. S. Navy
after serving 20 years. He started to work for the Telephone Co. in
Elliott in 1957 after retiring from the Navy. In 1959, the Telephone
Co. was sold to the Griswold Co-op Telephone Co. and Donald
continued to work for them. He is still there at the present time.
They have three children, Sandra Ward of Elliott, John of Lincoln,
Nebr. and Bill of Council Bluffs, Iowa.