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Collection World War I Footlocker of Wallace A. Howes
Object Number 2008.2.61
Object Name Record, Military
Scope & Content Military Service and Discharge Record of Wallace A. Howes (1895-1964).

Military Service and Discharge Record of Wallace A. Howes. The document details Howes' military career including his deployment in France during World War I. The declaration of Howes' honorable discharge on April 30th, 1919 is on the reverse.

Dimensions: 7" W x 8" H

Wallace Addison Howes was born on March 1, 1895 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter K. Howes. He graduated from Northampton High School in 1914 and attended Cornell Engineering School, graduating in 1918. While at Cornell, Howes was registered as a non-commissioned officer with the university battalion. Howes enrolled at Camp Plattsburg, a training facility for the United States armed forces. On August 15, 1917, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 302nd Artillery Division, Battery A of the United States Army. On July 14, 1918, he was sent overseas, first stopping over in England on July 26, 1918 on his way to France, where he landed on August 2, 1918. He received a short furlough from duty and returned home to Northampton to marry Florence Ethel Westney (1894-1940) on August 17, 1918. He was sent back to Europe where he participated in the St. Hilaire Offensive of November 4-11, 1918. He returned home on April 26, 1919 and was honorably discharged from the armed forces on April 30, 1919.

Upon his return, Howes was employed at his brothers' brick manufacturing company, Howes Brick Company in Northampton and Florence. By 1921, he purchased a house at 82 North Maple Street. In 1924, he purchased the Florence Garage Company located at 53 Main Street in Florence and ran the auto body shop for almost eleven years until he sold it in 1934. From 1927-1937, Howes served on the Northampton School Committee. From 1938 until 1961, he worked as Superintendent of Streets for the city of Northampton.

Howes and his wife had three children, Wallace A. Howes, Jr., Anne Elizabeth Howes and Kimball Westney Howes. His first wife, Florence Westney Howes passed away on July 7, 1940. On June 13, 1942, he married Sigrid Olson, who passed away in 1961. In June 1962, he married Clara Roberts Harris.

Wallace A. Howes passed away on August 14, 1964 in Northampton.

Search Terms World War I
People Howes, Wallace Addison
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