R. V. Howe, Circuit Clerk and Recorder, Pekin, was born in Mount Morris. N. Y., February 20, 1849, the son of A. B. and Lydia M. Howe; the former was born in Castile, N. Y., in 1818, and the latter in Alleghany, N. Y., in the same year. R. V. Howe received his education in Battle Creek, Mich., and in early manhood began life’s battle for himself. He was employed for a time by a Michigan railway as telegraph operator. He was with the Union Stock Yards from 1865 to 1871, afterward becoming a cashier of the Kansas Stock Yards, where he remained until 1875. He then located in Mackinaw, Tazewell County, Ill., and became resident soliciting agent for the Vandalia Railroad, until 1881, since which time he has been variously occupied.
On November 4, 1879, Mr. Howe was married to Emma A. Hittle, her parents being natives of Tennessee. Miss Hittle was educated at Mackinaw, Ill., and at Eureka, in the same State. Her father was a son of Isaac and Mary Hittle, natives of Tennessee, who came to Illinois, settling in Sangamon County in 1825. Thence they removed to Tazewell County, shortly afterward, and located at the beautiful spot which since that time has borne the name of Hittle Grove. Mr. Hittle was for some time Justice of the Peace in Mackinaw Township.
In his political views, Mr. Howe is a Democrat. He held various township offices until 1900, at which time he was made Circuit Clerk. In 1904 he was the only candidate on his party ticket for that office. Mr. Howe is a competent official, and his disposition is most genial and accommodating. He belongs to the K. P. and to the Karrassands fraternities.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1026
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