WILLIAM HENRY HOWARD GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Cherokee Sentinel, Friday, January 12, 1912, Pg. 1:
On last Saturday, Jan. 6, 1912, William Henry Howard passed away after an acute illness of over two weeks. He had been ailing and confined to his home for several months but was not taken down to his bed till recently. He has been for many years afflicted with rheumatism, the result of exposure during the civil war. He was born April 16, 1842 in Saline, Waschtenaw County, Michigan, where he grew up and when the war came on he enlisted on the 5th day of August 1862 in Co. B, 20th Reg. Michigan Infantry at his home town and served till the close of the War.
He was married to Miss Minnie Mason at Coleman, Missouri, July 2, 1871 and from this marriage was born F. T. Howard in Topeka where they then lived. He was for many years employed by the government and the couple lived among the Sac and Fox Indians in what is now Oklahoma. Later, after he came here, he was a skilled mechanic and trusted employee of the Western Coal Mining Company, building most of their tipples and doing their delicate work. The family came here in the spring of 1886 where they have lived ever since. Mr. Howard was a good citizen and had the respect of the community. His wife and son remain to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Masonic order, which order took charge of his remains and performed the last sad rites at his funeral.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church by the pastor Rev. Harmon Allen and he was laid to rest in the Cherokee cemetery.