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Gordon Hilson HOW[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1911 - 1999  (88 years)


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  • Name Gordon Hilson HOW 
    Born 16 Jan 1911  3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 May 1999  Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried 22 May 1999  Swedish Mission Cemetery, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      "Gordon Hilson How was born on 16 Jan 1911, the third child of Frank and Alma How. Gordon graduated from Minneapolis South High School in 1928. He was a gifted trombone player in the school band that won State honors in 1927 and 1928. The band was asked to participate in a national gathering of other award winning high school bands at Joliet, Illinois. These bands had the great honor of playing under the direction of John Philip Sousa. After high school, Gordon worked at the Minneapolis Soldiers Home as a chauffeur and mechanic. During this time, he took engineering classes at the University of Minnesota and an auto Mechanics course at Dunwoody Institute. Gordon enjoyed learning and took many classes throughout his lifetime. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1929 and was called to active duty twice. During his enlistment he played trombone in the Army Band' which he truly enjoyed. He married Grace Amelia Seashore on 2 Jun 1945 at her family's farm in Buffalo MN and on 5 Sep 1947 their son Gerald was born. Gordon was employed by the State Of Minnesota Highway Department where he worked as a Civil Engineer for 27 years until he retired in 1973. After retirement, he enjoyed going to his son's farm (which is the original farmstead of Grace'S family) in Buffalo MN, spending time with his grandson Brian, and later his great grandchildren Hazel and Craig. Gordon and Grace sold their home in 1995, after residing in South Minneapolis for 50 years' and moved into the original farmhouse on the Buffalo farm. Gordon died on 18 May, 1999."
      Notes by Rosa How, daughter-in-law
    • 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!]
    Person ID I00103  How Genealogy | HOW family branch that emigrated from England to Minnesota, USA
    Last Modified 7 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 Grace Amelia SEASHORE,   b. 11 Sep 1911, Seashore, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 2001, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1945  Seashore Farm on Lake Pulaski, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F00038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jan 1911 - 3149 29 Avenue So, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jun 1945 - Seashore Farm on Lake Pulaski, Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 May 1999 - Buffalo, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 May 1999 - Swedish Mission Cemetery, Buffalo, 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

  • Sources 
    1. [S35] US - Federal Census - 1920.
      Name: Gordon How
      Residence: , Hennepin, Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1912
      Age: 8
      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-9ZY

    2. [S32] US - Federal Census - 1930.
      Name: Gordon H How
      Event: Census
      Event Date: 1930
      Event Place: Minneapolis (Districts 1-250), Hennepin, Minnesota
      Gender: Male
      Age: 19
      Marital Status: Single
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Minnesota
      Estimated Birth Year: 1911
      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: 6
      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-RZB

    3. [S1] US - Federal Census - 1940.
      Name: Gordon H How
      Age: 29
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1911
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Sweden
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son (Child)
      Home in 1940: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
      Street: 29th Avenue South
      House Number: 3149
      Inferred Residence in 1935: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
      Residence in 1935: Same House
      Sheet Number: 6A
      Occupation: Auto Mechanic
      Attended School or College: Yes
      Highest Grade Completed: College, 1st year
      Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 44
      Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in Government work
      Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
      Income: 1080
      Income Other Sources: No
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Alma S How 58
      Gordon H How 29
      Bennett J How 24

    4. [S38] US - World War II Army Enlistment Records.
      Name: Gordon H How
      Birth Year: 1911
      Race: White, citizen (White)
      Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
      State of Residence: Minnesota
      County or City: Hennepin
      Enlistment Date: 6 Jan 1941
      Enlistment State:Minnesota
      Enlistment City: St Paul
      Branch: Coast Artillery Corps
      Branch Code: Coast Artillery Corps or Army Mine Planter Service
      Grade: Sergeant
      Grade Code: Sergeant
      Component: National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
      Source: National Guard
      Education: 4 years of high school
      Civil Occupation: Skilled mechanics and repairmen, n.e.c.
      Marital Status: Single, with dependents
      Height: 72
      Weight: 165

    5. [S61] US - Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002 .
      Name: Gordon Hilson How
      Birth Date: 16 Jan 1911
      Birth City: Minneapolis
      Birth State or Country: Minnesota
      Death Date: 18 May 1999
      Death County: Wright
      Death City: Buffalo
      Mother's Maiden Name: Benson
      State File Number: 1999-MN-013634

    6. [S39] US - Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006.
      Name: Gordon Hilson How
      Service Info.: US ARMY WORLD WAR II
      Birth Date: 16 Jan 1911
      Death Date: 18 May 1999
      Cemetery: Swedish Mission Cemetery
      Cemetery Address: Buffalo, MN 55313