Ward B. Howard
Freeport Illinois Weekly Bulletin October 7, 1897
HE DIED AT THE TABLE
Ward B. Howard, of Lena, Called Away Suddenly Last Evening
HE WAS A PIONEER
Had reached th Age of 74 Years
Lena-Oct 2-Ward B. Howard, one of the pioneer residents of Stephenson county, died suddenly at his residence four miles west of this city at 6 o'clock last evening, aged 74 years and four months.
Mr and Mrs Howard and Ed Kiplinger and family had been to Lena yesterday afternoon and when they arrived at Mr. Howard's on their way home he insisted that Mr. Kiplinger and his family should stay to supper.
While they were seated at the table his daughter, Mrs. Kiplinger noticed that Mr. Howard was leaning to one side and called the attention of her husband to it. He went to Mr Howard's side and found that he was dead.
Mr. Howard leaves a wife, two children, Fayette A. Howard and Mrs. Edith Kiplinger, a brother and a number of other relatives.
A Sudden Summons
Our citizens were greatly surprised to learn of the death of Ward B Howard Friday night. The gentleman was one of the best known pioneers of the county and was a familiar figure on the streets of Lena. He came to town frequently, but Friday was his day for trading. He always came in on that Friday, especially to buy fish, of which he was particularly fond. Last Friday was no exception, and he did his trading during the afternoon and before going home was as jolly and jovial as ever. He did not leave for home until nearly four o' clock and was accompanied by Ed Kiplinger (son-in-law) and family. Mr Kiplinger resided just beyond the stone church in what is known as Howardsville and Mr Kiplinger several miles further west.
After getting to Mr Howards home his heart stopped and the life hadgone out as quietly and peacefully as though he had fallen asleep. The relatives and friends were notified and could hardly believe it to be true having seen him but a few hours before.
Mr Howard was 75 years of age and was an old settler. He came to this country many years ago and assisted in developing the Howardsville region. He was aa great hunter and trapper and up until very recently he trapped wolves each winter. he was everybody's friend.
A widow and two children, Fayette Adelbert Howard and Mrs Ed M. Kiplinger, mourn the passing of a loving husband and father. During late years the deceased had shared his home with a number of New York orphans.
The deceased was a Baptist and the funeral services were held from the Baptist stone church, situated on the corner of his farm, Sunday forenoon. rev Gilbert of Damascus Officiating.
Lena Ill. Star
March 25, 1898