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Francis Waldo HOW[1, 2, 3]

Male 1905 - 1981  (76 years)


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  • Name Francis Waldo HOW 
    Born 16 May 1905  3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 16 Jul 1905  St. Peter, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Travel 19 Jul 1956  Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Aug 1981  Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Redwood City, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Francis had a pacemaker for years. Subsequently he developed congestive heart failure, then blood clots that caused a stroke. While still in hospital he had a cardiac arrest and could not be revived. His heart had given up.
    Notes 
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      In 1929 his mother, Alma, introduced Francis to Helen Doris Nichols, a young lady who was the granddaughter of one of Alma's friends. The two were married on May 16, 1931 on Francis' 26th birthday. Francis and Doris settled in South Minneapolis, and had one child, Janet Susan How, born in 1937.
      After the U.S. declared war on Japan, Francis moved his family to Washington D.C. where he took a position with the U.S. Navy Department. When asked, he said he 'built docks'. No other description of what he did for the Navy was forthcoming.
      At the end of WW Il Francis and his family returned to Minneapolis, where he took a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. Two notable projects on which he worked were Mississippi flood control and the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam project. He retired from the Corp in 1969.
      In 1976 he and Doris moved to California to be near their daughter and grandchildren. Francis continued pursuing his interests: stamp collecting, learning new things, attending lectures and meeting new people. At the time of his death at age 76 on August 6, 1981, Francis was enrolled in a community college with the intent of earning a degree in Art History.

    Person ID I00072  How Genealogy | HOW family branch that emigrated from England to Minnesota, USA
    Last Modified 5 May 2015 

    Father Samuel Francis Stephen HOW,   b. 25 Jun 1871, 4 Seymour Crescent, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1925, 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Alma Sophia BENSON,   b. 28 Aug 1881, Tumleberg, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1961, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1904  Kasota, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Doris NICHOLS,   b. 6 Feb 1911, Eitel Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 2002, Skyline Hospital, White Salmon, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 16 May 1931  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F00025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 May 1905 - 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 16 Jul 1905 - St. Peter, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 May 1931 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - Ships manifest also shows Francis came to England with his daughter Janet and wife Helen. - 19 Jul 1956 - Plymouth, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Aug 1981 - Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Redwood City, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Gordon, Donald, Bennett, Francis, Sarah, Dorothy, Alma - 1928
    Gordon, Donald, Bennett, Francis, Sarah, Dorothy, Alma - 1928
    Taken at a studio during Sarah HOW's visit to Alma and family in Minneapolis
    Francis Waldo HOW
    Francis Waldo HOW

    Documents
    Letter from Carl Benson to Francis Waldo HOW about Samuel Francis Stephen HOW passing on.
    Letter from Carl Benson to Francis Waldo HOW about Samuel Francis Stephen HOW passing on.

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] US - Federal Census - 1910.
      Name: Francis W How
      Birthplace: Minnesota
      Relationship to Head of Household: Son
      Residence: Minneapolis Ward 12, Hennepin, Minnesota
      Marital Status: Single
      Race : White
      Gender: Male
      Father's Birthplace: England
      Mother's Birthplace: Sweden
      Family Number: 222
      Page Number: 9
      Household Gender Age
      Parent Samuel F S How M 38y
      Parent Alma S How F 28y
      Francis W How M 4y
      Donald B How M 2y
      Carl J Benson M 25y
      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2G6-WXJ

    2. [S35] US - Federal Census - 1920.
      Name: Francis How
      Residence: , Hennepin, Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1905
      Age: 15
      Birthplace: Minnesota
      Relationship to Head of Household: Son
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Single
      Film Number: 1820838
      Digital Folder Number: 4312186
      Image Number: 324
      Sheet Number: 2
      Household Gender Age
      Parent How M 48y
      Parent Alma How F 38y
      Francis How M 15y
      Donald How M 11y
      Gordon How M 8y
      Dorothy How F 6y
      Bennett How M 4y6m
      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWYT-9ZR

    3. [S32] US - Federal Census - 1930.
      Name: Francis W How
      Event: Census
      Event Date: 1930
      Event Place: Minneapolis (Districts 1-250), Hennepin, Minnesota
      Gender: Male
      Age: 24
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1906
      Relationship to Head of Household: Stepson
      Father's Birthplace: England
      Mother's Birthplace: Sweden
      Enumeration District Number: 224
      Family Number: 48
      Sheet Number and Letter: 3A
      Line Number: 4
      NARA Publication: T626, roll 1098
      Film Number: 2340833
      Digital Folder Number: 4610052
      Image Number: 262
      Household Gender Age
      James E Straigert M 51
      Elmas S Straigert F 48
      Francis W How M 24
      Donald D How M 22
      Gordon H How M 19
      Dorthy A How F 16
      Bennett J How M 14
      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3Z5-RZT

    4. [S47] US - California Death Index, 1940-1997.
      Name:Francis Waldo How
      Social Security #:475225011
      Sex:Male
      Birth Date:16 May 1905
      Birthplace:Minnesota
      Death Date:6 Aug 1981
      Death Place:San Mateo
      Mother's Maiden Name:Benson