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Dr. Henry Forbush Howe

Dr. Henry Forbush Howe

Male 1905 - 1977  (72 years)

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  • Name Henry Forbush Howe  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Title Dr. 
    Birth 15 Jan 1905  Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Burial 1977  Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Joy Place Cemetery
    Death 6 Mar 1977  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Person ID I10181  Howe Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2023 

    Father Dr. Oliver Hunt Howe,   b. 29 May 1860, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1 Mar 1948, Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Martha Dresser Paul,   b. 1 Nov 1865, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Jan 1947, Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 26 Nov 1889  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Family ID F1609  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gudrun Adele Birch,   b. 30 Oct 1905, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 29 Jan 2005, Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 99 years) 
    Marriage 8 Sep 1931  Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • divorced 1963
    Divorce Bef 1963 
    Children 
     1. Living Howe  [natural]
     2. Living Howe  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F3219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ethel Mildred Hodgdon,   b. 18 Aug 1910, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Nov 1992, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 3 Mar 1963  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F3220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Henry Howe
    Henry Howe

  • Notes 
    • Born in 1905 the youngest of four brothers in Cohasset, Massachusetts to Dr. Oliver Hunt Howe and Martha Dresser Paul. He was an Eagle Scout in 1922. He prepared at Philips Academy, Andover (1922 graduation) and went on to graduate from Yale University with a BA in 1926. He was briefly engaged to Ruth Ruyl (qv).He next graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1930. He married Gudrun Adele Birch in 1931. He initially practiced medicine and surgery in Boston, but moved to Cohasset in the mid-1930's to take over his father's medical practice. Son Walter B. Howe was born in 1937 in Cohasset. When World War II broke out, he tried to join the Navy, but was disqualified for sea duty by a medical problem in his younger days. Instead he joined the Army, starting as a Captain. He served at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for two years processing soldiers on the way overseas. Then he switched to sea duty as medical officer on transport ships and crossed the Atlantic 22 times over the next two years. He left the Army as a Lt. Col. after the war, and resumed his medical practice in Cohasset. His second son, Oliver Hunt Howe, named after his father, was born in 1948.

      New England history was a passion of his, and he researched and wrote his first book, Prologue to New England, published by Farrar & Rinehart during wartime in 1943. It covered the 100 years of exploration of New England before the arrival of the Pilgrims. He also wrote Salt Rivers of the Massachusetts Shore, published in 1951 by Rinehart, explaining the role tidal riverways played in the economic, political, and social development of the area. HIs third book Massachusetts: there she is - behold her, was published in 1960 by Harper. He also wrote a pamphlet for Plymouth Plantation, published in 1953, titled, "Early Explorers of Plymouth Harbor, 1525-1619".

      For recreation he enjoyed mountain climbing. Family vacations were often spent at the Halfway House Hotel on Mt. Monadnock (later destroyed by fire) or climbing with his family in the White Mountains. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

      As an addition to his medical practice, he was the physician for the Proctor & Gamble plant in Quincy, Massachusetts and for D. S. Kennedy & Co. in Cohasset. He was acknowledged as an authority on occupational medicine, and moved to Chicago in 1963 to take over as Secretary of the Council for Occupation Health for the American Medical Association.

      He died in Chicago in 1977.

      * Announced engagement to Ruth B. Ruyl on 11 Dec. 1927 (per OHH Journal).while Henry was in Medical School. They broke up, unmarried after 1929. Ruth had traveled to Europe and back in Summer 1928 with Gudrun Birch, who he did marry in 1931. Ruth and Gudrun were both listed as teachers, and they were adjacent on the passenger lists - perhaps roommates. Henry joined them in Europe and all 3 retuned on the same ship in 1928. See arrival cites.

  • Sources 
    1. [S236] Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;), Year: 1940; Census Place: Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1626; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 11-83.
      Record for Walter B Howe
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1940usfedcen&h=93726894&indiv=try

    2. [S358] Ancestry.com, Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;).

    3. [S235] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Year: 1930; Census Place: Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 934; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0038; Image: 137.0; FHL microfilm: 2340669.

    4. [S438] Ancestry.com, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1928.

    5. [S393] Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;).

    6. [S414] Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1920; Census Place: Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_722; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 185; Image: 139.

    7. [S239] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T624_607; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 1100; FHL microfilm: 1374620.

    8. [S375] Ancestry.com, U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Collection Number: ARC Identifier 583830 / MLR Number A1 534; NARA Series: M1490; Roll #: 1266.

    9. [S444] Ancestry.com, UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;), Class: BT26; Piece: 879; Item: 115.
      Record for Henry F Howe
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=bt26&h=7063667&indiv=try

    10. [S10] Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index, (Name: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;;), Database online.
      Record for Henry Howe

    11. [S494] Ancestry.com, U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Lehi, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 455.
      Record for Henry Forbush Howe
      https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=2238&h=196300750&indiv=try

    12. [S242] Ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2013;).
      birth date: 01 Nov 1865 birth place: Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Name: Martha Dresser Paul marriage date: 26 Nov 1889 marriage place: Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=mamarriagerecords&h=14458685&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    13. [S238] Ancestry.com, 1900 United States Federal Census, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Cohasset, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 669; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 1029; FHL microfilm: 1240669.