NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG4449.AM: Orville Duane Howe, 1831-1917
Financial records: 1859-1889
Pawnee County, Neb.: Farmer; nurseryman; county official
Size: 1 volume + 0.75 cu.ft. of papers
Orville D. Howe was born near Painesville, Ohio, September 1, 1831. He came to Nebraska in November of 1871 settling on a farm near Table Rock. As soon as he settled he began planting trees, and was also involved in teaching school. His farming interests grew and soon he had a large orchard. His second marriage was to Mary Pepoon, sister of Theodore W. Pepoon, a prominent Richardson County resident and owner of the Falls City Journal. Howe served as County Superintendent of Pawnee County for three years and was County Surveyor for several terms. He died February 5, 1917, near Table Rock.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of one volume bearing the financial records of the orchard business of Orville D. Howe. Records are detailed, listing both personal and business accounts. On page 150 he entered the materials and expense that went into the house which he built at Pawnee City, and similar entries exist at an earlier resident. He also kept records of his grafting experiments, and of the various kinds of fruit and fruit trees which he kept.
Note: An additional 0.75 cu.ft. of family papers were added to this collection in 2014. The materials are unprocessed but include various diaries and other writings of Mary E. Pepoon Howe, Myrta E. Howe, Elsie Pepoon Sutton, Orville D. Howe and others. Also included are official weather observation records compiled by E.D. Howe and Orville D. Howe, property tax records of the Howe family, the wedding book of Edmund D. Howe and Mary Viggers, a minute book of the War Savings Society (1918-1920) and a few misc. other notes, letters, invitations, etc. The bulk of the materials dates from the 1880s-1950s with a few earlier items.
- Ledger, 1859-1889
Boxes 1-2: Unprocessed family papers
Agriculture -- Nebraska
Horticulture -- Nebraska -- Pawnee County
Howe, Orville Duane, 1831-1917
Nurseries (Horticulture) -- Nebraska
Pawnee County (Neb.) -- History
Encoded TMM 05-11-2010