Willis R. Howe

3 November 1859–6 October 1944 (Age 84)
Newark, Kendall, Illinois, United States

The Life of Willis R.

When Willis R. Howe was born on 3 November 1859, in Newark, Kendall, Illinois, United States, his father, Robert E. Howe, was 34 and his mother, Mary C. Lent, was 31. He married Ella M. Simmons on 4 April 1883, in Berrien Township, Berrien, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 6 October 1944, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Willis R. Howe
Ella M. Simmons
Marriage: 4 April 1883
Edward Curtis Howe

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    Ella M. Simmons


4 April 1883
Berrien Township, Berrien, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 8

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 23

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a small hill or a man-made mound or barrow, Middle English how (Old Norse haugr), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Howe in Norfolk and North Yorkshire.2 English: variant of Hugh .3 Jewish (American): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • 1930 Willis R Howe, "United States Census"
  • 1920 Willis Howe, "United States Census, 1920"
  • 1910 Willis R Howe, "United States Census, 1910"

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