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Donald Benson HOW[1, 2, 3]

Male 1908 - 1983  (74 years)


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  • Name Donald Benson HOW 
    Born 19 Feb 1908  3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1983  Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Feb 1983  University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Notes 
    • From Ann Waldemar, Granddaughter:
      Donald was the second son of Frank and Alma How. He attended Longfellow grade school and graduated from South High.
      Donald studied civil engineering, attending the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1930. He left the university after his third year and married Evelyn Samdal in the summer of 1930. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls, New York.
      He worked as a surveyor for the Minnesota Highway Department while continuing his education, ultimately receiving a certificate in Civil Engineering.
      Donald and Evelyn began their family in 1934 and would raise five surviving children in the decades that witnessed the Great Depression and the Second World War. In 1941 when war was declared, Donald went to work for Bros Boiler Mfg. Co. in Minneapolis, doing what is believed to be the design and engineering of steam boilers for war ships, returning to the Highway Department after the war.
      Known for his strong work ethic, Donald rose up through the ranks, first working on a survey crew, then advancing to the level of Design Engineer and, ultimately, Project Engineer. He was well respected by his peers and by those who worked for him. At the time of his retirement in 1970 he had given forty one years of service to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
      Fighting lymphatic leukaemia throughout his retirement years, Donald would still enjoy his children and their growing families and would travel to visit them as often as his health would permit. He enjoyed puttering around Dick's and Mary's farm, made several trips out to California for visits and also flew out to Guam in 1974 while his son-in-law was stationed there with the U.S. Navy.
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Gordon, Donald and his best friend Chester Dilly formed a "Black Face Band", a church minstrel band.
      Gordon played the trombone, Donald the banjo and Chester ? unknown. [Since Stephen Foster was the progenitor of "Black Face" music, we can guess which songs were played!]
    • https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LZTN-1BC
    Person ID I00078  How Genealogy | HOW family branch that emigrated from England to Minnesota, USA
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2018 

    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 Evelyn Marie SAMDAL,   b. 31 Dec 1910, Excelsior, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1972, Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1930  3148 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1951 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Karilyn Marie HOW,   b. 31 Oct 1936, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Lorraine Francis HOW,   b. 10 Jun 1939, Old Glenwood Hospital, Glenwood, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 2002, Los Angeles,Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +4. Living
     5. Carmion Phyllis HOW,   b. 3 Feb 1942, Glenwood Community Hospital, Glenwood, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1943, Glenwood, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +6. Living
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F00027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Feb 1908 - 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Aug 1930 - 3148 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1983 - Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1983 - University Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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

    Headstones
    Headstone of Donald Benson HOW b.1908
    Headstone of Donald Benson HOW b.1908
    Located at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
    Plot: Section 45 Lot 87 Grave 4

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] US - Federal Census - 1910.
      Name: Donald B 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-WXV

    2. [S35] US - Federal Census - 1920.
      Name: Donald How
      Residence: , Hennepin, Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1909
      Age: 11
      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-9ZT

    3. [S32] US - Federal Census - 1930.
      Name: Donald D How
      Event: Census
      Event Date: 1930
      Event Place: Minneapolis (Districts 1-250), Hennepin, Minnesota
      Gender: Male
      Age: 22
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1908
      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: 5
      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-RZY

    4. [S61] US - Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002 .
      Name: Donald B. How
      Birth Date: 19 Feb 1908
      Death Date: 5 Feb 1983
      Death County: Hennepin
      Mother's Maiden Name: Benson
      State File Number: 003511
      Certificate Number: 003511
      Certificate Year: 1983
      Record Number: 2102892

    5. [S37] US - Social Security Death Index.
      Name: Donald How
      SSN: 470-22-0056
      Last Residence: 55406 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
      BORN: 19 Feb 1908
      Died: Feb 1983
      State (Year) SSN issued: Minnesota (Before 1951)