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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.


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.



  1. Ledger, 1859-1889

Boxes 1-2: Unprocessed family papers



Agriculture — Nebraska

Fruit culture

Horticulture — Nebraska — Pawnee County

Howe, Orville Duane, 1831-1917

Nurseries (Horticulture) — Nebraska

Pawnee County (Neb.) — History


JEP/DDS/ht   10-02-1972

Encoded TMM   05-11-2010