Asa Martin Howard

Born: Dec 10, 1848
Loc: Columbus Twp. Warren Co. PA
Died: Feb 1941
Loc: Corry, Erie Co. PA
Bur: Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry, Erie Co. PA
Gravestone Photo
Father: Ezra Daniel Howard
Mother: Emeline Vermilyea
Spouse: Elizabeth Faulkner,
daughter of George Faulkner
Children:  Wesley/Jessie
Occupation: A. M. Howard Broom Company, Corry, PA - Rail Road Engineer
1850 Census: Columbus Twp. Warren Co. PA
1860 Census: Columbus Twp. Warren Co. PA
1880 Census: 2nd Ward, Corry, Erie Co. PA
1900 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
1910 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
1920 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
1930 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
A Sunday Fire
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Howard were unfortunate in the fire which occurred at their home yesterday afternoon. For some time before the discovery of the fire Mrs. Howard could not account for a roaring sound which she heard. She looked the house over to explain the mystery if possible. She opened the door of a closet off her bedroom and found a fierce fire raging within. The contents of the closet were completely destroyed and the bedroom before the fire was under control. The household all through was damaged by smoke to a considerable extent and Mrs. Howard lost all of her clothing. The fire is a mystery. The only possible way it can be accounted for being that some time before its discovery Mrs. Howard struck a match in the closet, while searching for a garment. She kept the match in her hand but the supposition is that a piece of the head flew into some of the clothing. Mr. and Mrs. Howard appreciate the efficiency of the fire department and the kindness of their friends and neighbors and desire to extend their sincere thanks for the same.
Source: Corry Historical Society – Mar. 16, 1903
Sunday Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Howard celebrated Mr. Howard’s 64th birthday and their 42nd wedding anniversary. Wesley Howard and family and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fritts and Mrs. Wesley pierce tool part in the enjoyable family celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were the recipients of a fine set of sterling knives and forks presented by his children and grandchildren. Mr. Howard, who recently had returned from a southern trip for the Climax Mfg. Co. is soon to leave for California in the interest of the locomotive works.
Source: Corry Historical Society – Dec. 12, 1911
Corry Man To Leave Friday On Hundredth Trip To Coast
Few residents of this section, if any, can boast of the unique experience of A. M. Howard of East Irving street, who leaves tomorrow on his one hundredth trip across the continent in the interest of Climax Manufacturing company of this city, piloting locomotives to Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B. C. Mr. Howard made his first trip to the Pacific in the interest of the local company in 1906 and since that year has traveled across the continent ninety nine times, being scheduled to start on is century journey Friday. His traveling across the continent as road agent for the Climax company has taken a distance equivalent t approximately twenty four times around the world. His many trips to the coast have taken him to various points in Lower California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The locomotives he will pilot on his coming journey will be delivered to lumber interests in Seattle, Wash., and Vancouver, B. C. Accompanying him on his long journey will be Harry Harris of Seattle, a nephew of Dell Miller, coast representative of the Climax company who formerly held the position now held by Mr. Howard. Mr. Harris came to this city to make the return by locomotive with the Corry man and will leave tomorrow for Seattle. His trips across the continent with Climax engines have taken Mr. Howard from thirteen to thirty-one days, he stated in an interview with a Journal reporter last night, in telling of is travels from coast to coast, as road agent for the local company. The present cross-country jaunt will be made via Chicago and St. Paul and will probably take from fifteen to twenty days. Two hundred ton locomotives will be shipped to the coast by the local industry. Mr. Howard’s fist trip was made in a fifty ton engine. A. M. Howard with 100 ton Climax locomotive on 100th trip from coast to coast is the inscription on a poster board on the cabin of the engine which leave tomorrow for the coast. Mr. Howard’s record is one which is hard to duplicate and has proven a remarkable experience for the veteran pilot.
Source: Corry Historical Society – June 1923
Obituary: A. M. Howard, 92, Crossed U.S. 104 Times Passes Well known Resident Stricken in Home Late Thursday Night - Funeral Services Monday
Asa M. Howard, 92, who enjoyed the distinction of having probably crossed the country more times then any other Corry resident, died in his home on East Irving street sometime Thursday night, the lifeless body of the well known resident being found in a chair in the home on Friday afternoon. Calling at the home to investigate Mr. Howard's failure to visit in his home for lunch, Oscar Fritz, a son in- law- found him reclining in a chair, he is believed to have been stricken with a heart attack as he prepared for bed Thursday night, passing away without a struggle. Born in Columbus township December 9, 1848, the deceased had spent his entire life in the vicinity, where he was known by hundred. He graduated from the Columbus High School and also the Select School at Columbus, where he followed the carpenter trade for an extended period and also operated a saw mill. He later established the A. M. Howard Broom Company which he operated in Corry for many years. Shortly after the turn of the century, he became associated with the Climax Manufacturing Company and his work delivering locomotives took him to the Pacific coast 104 times. He retired in 1924. Mr. Howard was a member of the Crosby Hose Company running team in his youth and long was active in civic affairs of the community, having served on both the school board and city council. He was an ardent hunter and fisherman in his earlier life, making frequent trips to Maine and Canada. Possessing a genial disposition, he had hosts of friends and acquaintances, and became a favorite in his neighborhood during the late years of his life. The deceased wa a member of Corry Lodge No. 365 F 7 A.M., Columbus Chapter No. 200, Clarence Commandery, No. 51 and Zem Zem Temple of the Shrine. He had been active in Masonic bodies for over 50 years. Mr. Howard was a former member of the Knights of Pythias, Elks, and United Commercial Travelers. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Oscar Fritz and one son, Wesley M. Howard; four grandchildren, Mrs. Harold Young, and C. M. Howard of Corry, Harold Howard of Flint, Mich, and Welsey Pierce of near Clymer. The body will be taken to the late home this afternoon where friends may call. Funeral services will be held there Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial following in Pine Grove cemetery.
Source: Corry Historical Society, Corry, PA
Obituary: Funeral Services For Asa M. Howard
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fritz, on North Center street, in memory of Mrs. Fritz's father, Asa M. Howard, of East Irving street, aged, well-known resident of the city who was stricken Thursday night. Rev. H. Ray Harris, of the United Brethren church, officiated at the rites. Committal services at the family lot in Pine Grove cemetery were in charge of the Corry Lodge No. 365 F and A. M. with James H. Wright acting as a worshipful master; J. R. Dearing, senior warden, Mervyn M. Nest, junior warden, J. W. Lambing, Chaplin and W.C Pomeroy, secretary. Active bearers were William P. Foster, John Slattery, Vinnie Graham, Henry Bachofner, Frank T. Babbit and Russell Beckwith. Among the relatives and friends from out of town here for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Pierce, Clymer, N.Y. and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schmidtz of Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Perry Mead of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Benson, Albert Benson and Frank Howard of Columbus R. D.; Mrs. Weston Taylor and daughter of Spring Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Fritz, Lee Boardman, George Boardman, and Mrs. Robert Welsh of Jamestown, N.Y. Dr. and Mrs. Charles Vermilyea of Russell, and C. F. Webster and Miss Charlotte Webster of Girard.