Isaac W. Howe

Isaac W. Howe, M.D., practicing physician at Ashton, Lincoln Township, and a prominent resident in that vicinity, was born in Potter Co., PA>, May 8, 1835, and attended the common school until about 19 years of age. He then began the study of medicine in his native county, under Dr. Willard Whitney, and applied himself to his chosen studies with great assiduity. In due time he became qualified to pursue his calling successfully.

In the fall of 1868, he came to Michigan, resided in Wayland, Allegan County, about a year, and then came to Osceola County, locating in Lincoln Township about half a mile west of Ashton. It was his intention to engage in mercantile business, and he sold the first goods in the township. About a year afterward he went to Lake County, this State, and took possession of 80 acres of land, under the provisions of the homestead laws, in Ellsworth Township. After residing there until the spring of 1879, he returned to Ashton, where he has since resided and followed the practice of his profession. He has erected a fine residence, which he now occupies. Besides the 80 acres of land which he owns in Lake County, he also owns some village property at Ashton.

In regard to religion the Doctor, as his wife, is a member of the Baptist Church, and has been a devoted worker for the cause of Christianity for 26 years. He is a Republican in his political views; has held the office of Township Treasurer in Lake County for a year and a half, resigning that office on account of being elected Sheriff of that county. This office he had two years; was also Under-Sheriff four years, and Superintendent of the Poor of the same county for a term.

Dr. Howe was married in Potter County, in his native State, Jan. 18, 1855, to Miss Emeline Harvey, who was born in Tioga Co., N.Y., Feb. 16, 1834. Her parents, Joel and Polly (Gee) Harvey, were also natives of the same county. The children in the family of Dr. Howe have been Florence D., Ive G. and Elmer W. The first mentioned died when a year and eight months old. The Doctor's father, William Howe, was a native of the Empire State, and his mother, Abigail, nee Kibbie, of the State of Massachusetts.

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