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Memorable Manitobans: Theodore Edward Howard (1880-1960)

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Theodore Edward Howard
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Naturalist, photographer.

Born at Whitby, Ontario on 20 June 1880, son of James Howard (1842-?) and Emma Howard (1845-?), in 1887 he began working as a newboy and shoeshine artist on the streets of Winnipeg. He worked for 33 years with the dry goods business of Gault’s Limited. After retirement in 1933, he served as President of Antenbring Florists (1941-1946).

On 8 September 1904, he married Edith Susan Moulton (?-?) and they subsequently had two daughters: Elva Edith Howard (1905-?) and Dorothy Beatrice Howard (1907-1996).

He was a member of the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge) and Shriners, a collector of stamps and Inuit art, and a talented amateur photographer. He was said to have the largest private natural history collection in western Canada. In 1951, he was given an honorary life membership in the Winnipeg Horticultural Society, having served a term as President of the organization, and two terms as President of the Manitoba Horticultural Association (1944-1946). He was President of the Manitoba Museum Association (1947-1948).

He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 20 September 1960 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Theo. E. Howard retires from business today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 March 1933, page 2.

“Horticultural Society honorary President T. E. P. Howard dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1960, page 45.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and James Burns.

Page revised: 12 January 2022

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