Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 149] Harry Howardfreight conductor on the Pennsylvania Co.'s lines, and residing in Mahoningtown, was born Nov. 10, 1866, in Lowellville, Ohio. His father was born in Blairsville, Indiana Co., Pa., Oct. 7, 1825, and learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed industriously until recent years, supporting his family in respectability, and providing them with many of the luxuries and comforts of life. In 1880 his railroad service had a beginning, accepting in that year a position on the Pennsylvania R. R., and since that date has been employed as flagman and in other like capacities in the company's yards at Lawrence Junction. He was a soldier of the Civil War, serving three years in Co. E, 105th Reg. O. V. I., and was in Sherman's Army when it made its renowned march to the sea; he was severely wounded at the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, and received hospital treatment for quite a long period. He was a son of Prosper K. and Cecelia (Corrigan) Howard. His wife, Sarah J. (Lane) Howard, was born in Mt. Jackson, Lawrence Co., a daughter of William Lane. Edward L Howard, our subject's father, is a Democrat in his politics.

Harry Howard passed his boyhood years in Lowellville, Ohio, where he resided until he attained his majority, attending the schools whenever opportunity was given him until he was twenty years old. During these years he worked through the summers in a brickyard, and also for a time on the railroad as a member of a section gang. It will be noted from this that he began at the bottom of the ladder, and has made a steady climb toward the top, his honest endeavor to please, and to make his services valuable and well-nigh indispensable, meeting with a reception due them. At the age of twenty-one he became a brakeman on the Pennsylvania Co.'s lines, and in two years left off "braking" to assume the added cares and responsibilities of a conductor. Shortly after this he worked some six weeks for the P. & W. R.R., and an equal period for the P. & L. E. R.R., and then returned to the Pennsylvania Co., with which he has since remained. In May, 1895, he was again appointed conductor, in which capacity he is now employed.

Mr. Howard on Dec. 18, 1889, led to the Altar of Hymen Hannah M. Anderson, and made her his wife; she is a daughter of John R. and Salina F. (Warfel) Anderson. Salina F. was a daughter of Emmanuel Warfel, who married Sarah Shade, both of them natives of Huntingdon County, the former a son of Henry Warfel, and the latter a daughter of Henry Shade. Of six children born to her parents, Mrs. Howard was the second. Their two sons were named William Ellis and Edwin L. Mrs. Howard is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. Howard is a Republican in his politics, and socially is a member of Amazon Lodge No. 336, Knights of Pythias of Mahoningtown; and Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen No. 471, Evening Star Lodge of Mahoningtown.

We present Mr. Howard's portrait on a preceding page as one of the foremost representatives of employees on the railroad.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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