William Alfred Howard

11 Jul 1892 - 14 Oct 1943

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William Alfred Howard

11 Jul 1892 - 14 Oct 1943
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William Alfred Howard

Married: 12 May 1912

Teton-Newdale Cemetery

East 3000 North
Teton-Newdale Cemetery, Madison, Idaho
United States


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Sealed June 12, 1912 in Salt Lake


August 9, 2011


August 7, 2011

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Howard, William Alfred: His Near-fatal Illness

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

At age seventeen, William had gone with the cattle onto the range. It was a cold, wet fall and he became ill with scarlet fever. Alone with the cattle, no one knew about his condition until his father (Don Carlos) sent someone out to the range to check on him. William had tried to tend the cattle even while he was ill. Without proper care, rheumatic fever had set in and he was in a serious condition when he was found. This seriously affected his health for the rest of his life and it was a constant concern to his wife and children. If he was ever late in returning from the fields or from "tending the water" which often took him into the late hours of the night or even until the early hours of the morning, someone would be sent into the fields to check on him. During his illness, William's mother had a heavenly messenger come to tell her to teach her children they must pray with the words "Thy will be done" whenever they offered prayers. He stated that the fervent prayers of the children for William's recovery would be answered but they had neglected to respect the will of our Heavenly Father by saying, "Thy will be done." This reminder was not forgotten. William miraculously survived the terrible ordeal in the fall of 1910 but the experience affected his long-term health, weakening his body and causing pain for the rest of his life.

The "Chopped" Toe

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

An incident which lived in family history dealt with William and his cousin, Stanton Howard. They had been assigned to bring in the daily supply of wood for the stoves. Both boys wanted to do the chopping and let the other carry the wood into the house. William reached the axe first but Stanton was determined to have the ax and stuck his foot on the chopping block. William warned him to move his foot but to no avail. William placed some wood on the block and started to swing the axe. Stanton promptly put his foot on the chopping block again. William checked his swing and lowered the axe. Twice more this happened and William checked his swing each time. After the third swing, William warned Stanton he would follow through the next time. But Stanton defiantly put his foot back on the block. This time the axe followed through and cut off Stanton's big toe. William's mother took the toe and replaced it on Stanton's foot. She covered it with axle grease and bound his whole foot in a tight bandage. Stanton's toe took hold and grew quite normally - lasting him for the rest of his life. Not only was the faith and resourcefulness of the early pioneers' medical solutions demonstrated, but also their integrity to do what they said they would do - as Stanton sorely learned.

My Father--The BeeKeeper

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

William Alfred Howard, raised bees as part of our family plan to be self-reliant. The farm we lived on also produced fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, and meat. My father used horses to power the equipment on our farm before tractors came along. Our herd of milking cows gave us all the milk and cream that my mother needed to make delicious cottage cheese, churn our own butter, make delicious ice cream and lots of other goodies. Mom supervised the planting, weeding and harvesting of a garden with all kinds of vegetables. The farm and garden were maintained through constant manual labor. Mom would usually send us children to weed the garden, cut willows, gather eggs, feed the chickens or pick berries or other tasks. Meanwhile, Dad kept us busy on the farm in the potato field during planting, irrigating, and harvesting potatoes. In other parts of the farm there was hay to pile, grain to bundle, and any other work that needed to be done on a family farm. There was little free time and always more work to do. Dad and our family would do all the work on the farm. That included plowing the ground or using a harrow to break up the soil. After planting, he would cultivate the rows of potatoes for easier weeding and harvesting. The crops were rotated between alfalfa, potatoes and grain every year. One year we would grow potatoes and the next year it would be planted with grain in a particular spot of ground. Crops were rotated in order to increase yield and soil fertility (we also helped the fertility by spreading cow and horse manure over the field). An important element of our farm production was honey. Honey was not only a part of our food supply but also brought in a little extra cash when we had enough left over to sell. While the bees worked all summer long bringing in the nectar from the flowers it was necessary to maintain the hives. When the farm chores were complete, Dad would make sure the beehives were kept clean and ready for the bees to do their work without interruption. All dirt and debris would be cleaned from around each box that contained the frames of clean wax providing a place for the bees to deposit the honey they gathered. New wax sheets (which had six-sided cell imprints in them) would be inserted into the frames so the bees could continue gathering honey without having to start making the basic cells in which to store the honey. The bees would build up the sides of the cell so it could contain even more honey. Bees needed to be kept busy so the beekeeper would monitor their progress during the summer and, if necessary, set out more boxes for the bees to fill. Whenever my father worked with the bees, he would blow smoke on the hive to keep the bees calm. I learned that there are at least three ways we could lose our bees if Dad had not maintained the hive. The first way was the beehive itself. If the boxes ever became full, the bees would leave as a swarm to another location and we could lose the bees. The second way was not letting the hives get knocked over. The boxes were placed on pallets or platforms to keep them off the ground in places where the animals would not upset them because if a beehive were upset, the bees had no place to deposit their honey. As a result they would become very agitated and might attack any people or animals in the area. The only exception was the skunk. They seemed to have a knack for disturbing the hive to get some honey without being affected. They would scratch at the box and then raise their tails to catch the outgoing bees in their big, bushy tails. We managed to keep the skunks away from the hive most of the time. Finally, the third way to lose your bees was from starvation during the winter months. If the conditions were favorable for honey production during the summer, there would be sufficient honey to sustain both our family and the bees. However, during other years, the beekeeper would have to decide how much honey to leave in the hive to sustain the bees through the winter. One hard winter we had to put sugar water in the boxes to keep the bees alive. Written by Iris Howard Hathaway

What Part Did Taffy Play In My Life As I Was Growing Up?

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Taffy candy seemed to be part of my growing-up experiences. First of all, we made it at home for special occasions like birthdays or Christmas as well as other candies like fudge and penoche. We did not go to the store as money was scarce and we seemed to enjoy our home made candy best anyway. Even as a young child I was given the privilege of having a small portion of taffy to pull – under the strict instructions that I would be careful to only have it in my hand, that I would not drop any of it on the floor or elsewhere and that I would wash all the stickiness from my hands when I had finished pulling it. The results of my efforts in pulling taffy as a child was that the candy was hard, not white and porous as it was later in life when I learned to pull it with my fingers instead of in the palm of my hands. Because we made our own fun (no movies, TV or video games); in the summer we would have bonfire parties and play games like “Kick the Can” or “Run Sheep Run” around the bonfire. In the winter we would have indoor games and “Taffy Pulls” where the fun was centered around our sharing in pulling the taffy which the hostess provided, laughing and visiting together and playing games. We interacted in very positive ways with each other. Making and pulling taffy is now done just for special treats as it now harder because my hands are becoming more arthritic but I still enjoy doing it.

Howard, William Alfred, Driving twenty horses together as one team.

Contributor: SouthPawPhilly Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

William Alfred Howard was a great trainer of horses and could get them to perform without using a whip on them except in rare instances. His wife, Elnora, my Mom, told of riding with him in the high platform (chair?) behind a twenty-horse team hooked to a grain combine for Jim Reynolds. She said the chair rocked and bumped so much she could hardly hang on and she said it felt like "riding a bucking bronco" (Although I know she had never ridden a bronc in her life). And she marveled that my Dad could drive those horses while he kept his seat.

Life timeline of William Alfred Howard

William Alfred Howard was born on 11 Jul 1892
William Alfred Howard was 13 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
William Alfred Howard was 25 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
William Alfred Howard was 37 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
William Alfred Howard was 38 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
William Alfred Howard died on 14 Oct 1943 at the age of 51
Grave record for William Alfred Howard (11 Jul 1892 - 14 Oct 1943), BillionGraves Record 94935 Teton-Newdale Cemetery, Madison, Idaho, United States