The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Stronghurst Graphic Feb. 7, 1924
GRIM REAPER BUSY: Shortly after the sorrowful tiding had been flashed over the country last Sunday morning that ex-president Wilson had passed away, another shock came to the people of this community when they learned that G. W. Howell had passed away suddenly at his home in Carman shortly before noon. Mr. Howell had only recently retired from the management of the Stronghurst Grain & Mdse. Co. and it was hard for those who were so recently accustomed to seeing him on the streets of Stronghurst and at the grain company office to realize that his earthly activities were ended. His death resulted from a stroke of apoplexy which occurred while he was in the bath room of his home preparing to shave himself.
George Walter Howell was born at Carman, Ill. Nov. 2, 1863 to George J. and Elizabeth (Williams) Howell, natives of Monmouthsire, England who became acquainted with each other in Henderson County Ill., married and settled on a farm near Carman. George J. Howell died here in 1891 and his wife followed him in death ten years later.
G. W. Howell was the eldest of two children born to the couple, the younger child Elizabeth becoming the wife of James Edmonds of Carman Township. G. W. Howell received his education in the public schools of Carman Township and at Elliott's business College in Burlington. Up to the age of 33 he assisted in the operation and management of the homestead farm. In 1897 he married Miss Loie V. Marsden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Marsden of Carman. He engaged in farming for a few years and then entered the grain and elevator business at Carman. His first interest in this business was in a partnership, but in 1910 he become sole proprietor.
Mr. Howell's business qualifications coupled with his strict honesty and integrity led to his being frequently chosen to fill offices of trust and responsibility in his township and county. He held the office of County Supervisor from Carman Township for a number or years and was treasurer and ex-official collector of Henderson County from 1898 to 1910. Mr. Howell filled the position of manager of the Stronghurst Grain and Mdse. Co., resigning his position only a week or two prior to his death. While engaged in elevator work, he continued to maintain his home and residence at Carman, driving back and forth each day with his son Samuel who was employed assistant by the grain company. Two other sons, Joseph and Richard F., are students in the Stronghurst High School. He is survived by his wife and five children, namely, Samuel M., C. Walter, Joseph, Richard R. and Rhoda Elizabeth, all of the home. His sister, Elizabeth Edmonds, and a nephew, Thomas Howell whom he looked upon almost as a brother also survive him. In early life he became a member of the Baptist Church and continued in that faith during his life. He was also identified with Masonic, I.O.O.F., M.W.A., Rebecca and K.K.K. orders. Funeral services were conduced at the Carman M. E. Church with interment in the Carman Cemetery.