Submitted by John A. Jackson
Burlingame Cemetery, Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
Burlingame Enterprise, Thursday, June 16, 1904, Pg. 4
Vol. IX, No. 36
ANOTHER GOOD MAN
Henry Howell was born in Monongalia county, West Virginia, December 22, 1843, and died at his home in Burlingame June 9, 1904, at the age of sixty-nine years, five months and seventeen days. He was married to Ellen Courtney December 25, 1865. To whom were born nine children, six of whom with the devoted wife, still survives. They are Mell, of near Admire; Mrs. James King, of near Lyndon; Mrs. Nettie Herbold, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; Mrs. Newkirk Ullery, William and Miss Lida.
In his young manhood Mr. Howell became an earnest Christian. He was converted, baptized and united with the Baptist church in 1860. In 1865 he moved with his family to Delaware county, Indiana. There he united with the Baptist church and was a faithful and efficient member of the church at Granville. Here Mr. Howell served as Sunday School superintendent and here he was also elected deacon in the church.
In 1868 Mr. Howell moved with his family to Kansas, settling in Franklin county. From that place he moved to near Lyndon, in which vicinity he resided till last spring when he came to Burlingame. Mr. Howell was a member and a deacon in the Lyndon Baptist church, but immediately upon his coming to Burlingame, he united with the church here. Indeed one of the reasons for his moving to town was that he might be near the church he loved. But God had better things in store for him, and called him to worship at the Great White Throne, where distance never bars and where pain never hinders devotion. Mr. Howell’s last days and hours were such as to inspire courage and faith to all who saw him. Those who went to see him to cheer him were themselves cheered and encouraged.
As a neighbor and citizen Mr. Howell will be greatly missed in this community. He was a man of sterling integrity, honest and genuine in every phase of his character. He was widely known all over the county and the funeral services, held at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, were largely attended by friends from far and near.
The church had been lovingly decorated with flowers and evergreen, and the platform and casket were almost covered with blossoms and wreaths. Mr. Howell was a veteran of the civil war and was a member of Canby Post, G. A. R. of Osage City. A number of the Post at Osage City attended the funeral and there was also a large attendance of the local G. A. R. The services at the church was in charge of the pastor, Rev. C. E. Flanagin, who spoke of Mr. Howell’s life as a Christian. Rev. Gill of the Methodist church, who assisted in the service, spoke of Mr. Howell as a citizen and a soldier. Concluding the service, Mrs. Eunice Schell rendered that beautiful and touching solo, “Bury me with my Grand Army badge upon my breast,” while the color bearers held the drooping folds of “Old Glory” at the head of the casket.
The burial service at the grave was in charge of the G. A. R., and this man who had “fought a good fight” was buried, as was his meet, with all the honors, of a victorious soldier. The entire community join in expressing sympathy for the bereaved family.