Barber County Kansas
Died: Judge O.C. Howe died in the Topeka asylum last Thursday night, August 24, 1899, and the remains arrived on Saturday. The funeral services were held from the family residence at 5 o'clock p.m. and the remains laid to rest in Highland cemetery.
Rev. J.W. Funk, pastor of the Presbyterian church, conducted the service and the funeral was held under the auspices of Eldred Post G.A.R. of which the deceased was an honored member.
Orlando C. Howe was born at Williamstown, Vermont, December 19, 1824 and died at Topeka, Kansas August 24, 1899.
When about ten years old he removed with his parents to the state of New York and received an excellent education at Aurora Academy. He read law in Buffalo, in the office of Shumay & Williams and after admission Aurora Academy. He read law in Buffalo, in the office of Shumay & Williams and after admission to the bar he remained with them some years as assistant prosecutor.
In 1849 he was married to Maria Wheelock and after eight years removed to Iowa, settling at Newton. From there he removed to Spirit Lake and was there through all the Indian troubles. While in northwestern Iowa he was for years District Attorney and well known to the old settlers of that judicial district.
In 1863 he returned to Newton and enlisted in the army. He returned with broken health and was never fully well again.
In 1875 he went to Iowa City as Resident Professor in the Law department of the Iowa State University remaining there until coming to Kansas in 1882. His life since then is known to the people of Barber county.
Converted in early life, he has ever been found a consistent Christian for whom to live was Christ and to die was gain. A citizen of more than ordinary usefulness has gone from us to hear the assuring words, "Well Done."
He served in the army one year and ten months in the years 1863-4, was Captain of Company L, 9th Iowa Cavalry. He was mustered in the Post in this city in 1886 and served one year as Post Commander.
Judge Howe was an exemplary citizen and his death is mourned by old and young alike. In his young days he was a lawyer of ability and was always strictly honest and honorable in the practice. He served the county in the capacity of prosecuting attorney in 1885-6 and until recently has held township and city positions of public trust. As a man in both public and private life he was much honored and highly esteemed mourn with the family in the separation.
[Followed by a Card of Thanks signed by M.W. Howe, Evelyn Howe & Helen Howe Burton.]
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