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Alfred Cobb Howlett and Sarah Elizabeth Cooke Howlett and their children.
   

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    The following are the appointments of the Pacific Conference for the present year:
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    MARYSVILLE DISTRICT--B. R. Johnson, P.E.--Yolo Circuit, J. G. Johnson; Yuba City Circuit, R. A. Latimer; Penn Valley Circuit, D. M. Rice; Colusa Valley, J. G. Shelton, J. M. Lovell; Chico Valley, F. G. Grey, G. E. Dean; Red Bluff Circuit, A. C. Howlett; Nevada and Grass Valley Circuit, R. R. Baldwin; Shasta Circuit, John M. Ward; Stony Creek Circuit, L. T. Hawkins.
"Appointments," Visalia Weekly Delta, October 15, 1859, page 2


Howlett, Alfred C. and Cooke, Sarah E., married 1863 in Clackamas County
Oregon Historical Records Index


    Since last week we have had seven new cases of smallpox, four in the country and three in town--the latter are little Johnny Love, W. G. T'Vault and John Brewer. The two last were taken yesterday. Three of the former are in Ball's family, and the fourth is the wife of David Stearns on Wagner Creek--her case is said to be serious. All the patients at the two hospitals have been discharged as convalescent. Mrs. Howlett, Mary Ralls, the Bryant family and little Johnny Love are out of danger. Maggie Love and a half-breed woman at Brewer's are not expected to recover. It is hard to say when the terrible disease will disappear and we again urge vaccination and every possible precaution against contagion. Treat every ailment with suspicion until satisfied that it is not smallpox.--Sentinel.

"State Items," Oregon State Journal, Eugene, February 6, 1869, page 2



    [In 1863 Isaiah L. Hopkins] was sent to Jacksonville Circuit, where he remained but eight months. Here he erected a church, doing much of the work with his own hands. He was changed by his presiding elder to the Williamsburg and Kerbyville Circuit, two mining towns. He rented a parsonage, but so attentive were the people to the preacher's wants that his whole expenditure for the year amounted to but twenty-five cents, and that was spent for soda to raise his biscuits. On the day that he reached Williamsburg his quarterly meeting was to be held. The presiding elder got word during the day that his wife was very ill. He had no money, and there was no time to raise him any. Brother Hopkins gave him all he had--two dollars. That evening he went into an old, deserted miner's cabin to secret prayer, and as he knelt down he saw lying before him on the table a ten-dollar gold piece. He looked upon this as a special providence, and as a gift from that God whose hand knows just where to place those things his children need.
    Here the citizens bought a saloon and converted it into a church. As on the former occasion, the counter was transformed into a pulpit.
    He found it necessary to leave Oregon for the milder climate of California. Accordingly, in company with the Revs. D. M. Rice and A. C. Howlett, he set out across the mountains on his journey. During the trip the horses of Rice and Howlett were stolen. They borrowed other horses and proceeded on their journey. Just before reaching Colusa they passed two men on their stolen horses. Without saying a word to them, they rode on into Colusa, got out warrants and had them arrested as they rode into town. The preachers got possession of their property, and the men were sent to the state's prison for a term of three years.
John C. Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, pages 216-217


    A. C. Howlett also came recommended from the Vacaville and Putah Circuit. He filled two appointments in California, and was then sent to Oregon, where he labored until the organization of the Columbia Conference [page 330].
John Collinsworth Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, page 255


    The Columbia Conference was organized by Bishop H. H. Kavanaugh, September, 1866. The following preachers were present, and took part in the organization: C. H. E. Newton, A. E. Sears, James Kelsay, D. C. McFarland, J. B. Short, Levi Van Slyke, W. A. Finley, R. C. Martin, D. M. Rice, Thomas Brown, A. C. Howlett, J. Emery, J. W. Craig and R. C. Oglesby.
John Collinsworth Simmons, The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast, Nashville 1886, page 340


Declaration of Sarah E. Howlett to hold Separate Property
    I, Sarah E. Howlett, wife of A. C. Howlett of Jackson County Oregon hereby declare my intention to hold in my own name and subject exclusively to my Control the following personal property,
One Bay mare and her Sucking Colt the Mare is five years of age and branded on the left side
One White Cow and her Sucking Calf the Calf is a Bull Calf a Roan the Cow is branded on the left Hip thus JB and C on the right hip Ear marked as follows, a split in each Ear and an under bit in the right Ear.
One hundred and seventeen head of Sheep and lambs the most of them are marked with a Crop and under bit in the left Ear and a spilt in the right Ear. The remainder are in different ear marks.
Sarah E. Howlett           
State of Oregon, County of Jackson s.s.
    I Sarah E. Howlett first being duly sworn depose and say that the foregoing list of property and rights therein described belong to me that I acquired them from the Estate of my Father W. W. Cook late of Clackamas County Oregon deceased and that no part of said property was acquired by my said husband.
Subscribed and sworn to                 )                                         Sarah E. Howlett
before me this June 21st 1878      )
Silas J. Day Co. Judge
    Jackson County Oregon
Filed and recorded June the 21st A.D. 1878
                               E. D. Foudray Co. Clerk
Jackson County Register of Married Women's Separate Property


    A. C. Howlett and wife to M. E. Willoughby, 80 acres of land. Consideration $200.
"Transfers of Real Estate," Oregon City Enterprise, July 4, 1878, page 3


    The Jacksonville Times says: A ewe belonging to A. C. Howlett, of Big Butte, recently gave birth to a pair of lambs joined together at the breast, and having but one head and two eyes. Otherwise they were perfectly formed. Mr. Howlett has stuffed this monstrosity, which looks as natural as if living. It may be seen at his residence.
"State News," Eugene City Guard, July 12, 1879, page 1


    Only one dissentient in this school district on any question, so our school meeting was harmonious.
    The newly elected director is A. C. Howlett, new clerk Jos. Wisdom, both elected by acclamation.
"Big Butte Items," Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 17, 1880, page 3


    The family of Rev. A. C. Howlett, who resides on the divide between the Little and Big Butte creeks, in Jackson County, is severely afflicted. All of his children, eight in number, were taken down with diphtheria some time since. Saturday a boy of 14, and on Monday another boy, died of this terrible disease, and a third was not expected to live when the messenger left. Among the 5 surviving children, only 3 seem to be showing any favorable symptoms.
"Southern Oregon," Oregonian, Portland, August 10, 1881, page 1


THE DREADED DIPHTHERIA.
    Diphtheria is raging in some portions of Jackson [County], many malignant cases being reported. The entire family of Rev. A. C. Howlett, consisting of eight members, are down with this scourge, and several are not expected to live.
"Northern Coast Items," San Francisco Examiner, August 11, 1881, page 3


    MR. HOWLETT'S AFFLICTION.--Since our last another of Mr. Howlett's children died of diphtheria, making four out of that family within one week. The stricken family, thinking that perhaps the location of the house they lived in might have something to do with their sickness, have removed to Mr. Linksweiler's residence on Antelope Creek. A fifth child was quite low and not expected to recover when the messenger left. The deceased children were aged respectively: the boys, one fourteen and the other seven years; the girls respectively 6½ and four years.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 13, 1881, page 3



DIED.
HOWLETT--On Big Butte, July 30th, 1881, Alford Willis Howlett, aged 14 years and 7 days. August 1st, Bertie Prescott Howlett, aged 4 years and 11 days. August 2nd, Martha Ellen Howlett, aged 5 years, 6 months and 17 days. August 5th, Wilber Herbert Howlett, aged 7 years, 9 months and 4 days. Children of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, all of whom died of diphtheria.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 13, 1881, page 3


    FIRE.--The residence of H. C. Wilkinson on Big Butte was destroyed by fire on Friday evening last week, together with all its contents, and all the barns and outbuildings proved a total loss. We have heard no estimate as to what the loss will amount to, but the fire is generally supposed to be the work of an incendiary. Mr. Howlett and family occupied the premises at the time of the fire, and they are also heavy losers.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, August 12, 1882, page 3


DIED.
HOWLETT--At Sams Valley, Sept. 3rd, Bessie Ish, daughter of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, aged 1 year, 6 months and 21 days.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 9, 1882, page 3


    Last Sunday night we had a temperance meeting; Rev. M. A. Williams opened it with reading two passages from the Book of Proverbs, singing and prayer, after which he led off with one of his characteristic speeches in which he presented the moral and financial phases of the subject, advocated prohibition and denounced the license system. A call was then made for Rev. A. C. Howlett, and although the call was unexpected he said that he was always ready to speak on the subject of temperance and Christianity, he presented the mental and physical side of the question and was afterward called upon to give his ideas of the hereditary effect of alcohol, which he did, showing clearly and conclusively that the effect is transmitted from parent to child, advocated prohibition and laid the sin of liquor curse at the door of the men who vote for liquor men or to perpetuate the liquor parties. Geo. Brown, one of our merchants, was then called to the stand; he spoke to the effect of a mother's influence in his own case and that of his six brothers, and referred to the fact that our great men, our Websters etc. have drunk their liquor, passed away and their children have been lost sight of, but our great men, Lincolns, Garfields etc. spring from men of temperate habits. The name of A. L. Haselton was then called; he came forward and read an essay, setting forth some of the intemperance customs that prevail among the fair sex, for instance, squeezing a number seven foot into a number two shoe and encircling a number twenty-four waist in a no. sixteen corset, etc. We had a very enjoyable time, and the exercises closed with a benediction by A. C. Howlett.
"From Eagle Point, Jackson County," Roseburg Review, September 25, 1885, page 4


BORN.
    HOWLETT--Born to the wife of Rev. A. C. Howlett, Eagle Point of Jackson County, Oregon, Oct. 31st, a boy, weight 11 pounds. The mother and child are doing well, but the father's condition is critical and all hopes of his recovery are despaired of.
Roseburg Review, November 13, 1885, page 3


BORN.
    At Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oct. 31, to the wife of Rev. A. C. Howlett, a son.
The Coast Mail, Marshfield, November 19, 1885, page 3


DIED.
HOWLETT--Near Eagle Point, Aug. 21st, 1886, of an infection of the brain and spine, William Cobb, infant son of A. C. and S. E. Howlett, aged 9 months and 21 days.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, September 4, 1886, page 3


    Rev. A. C. HOWLETT, the newspaper correspondent, made us a substantial call Monday and left his measure for the Mail. Come around again, Dick.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, June 9, 1893, page 2  Howlett was the Valley Record's Eagle Point correspondent under the pseudonym "Dick."


    Uncle "DICK" HOWLETT was in Medford Saturday and as is his usual custom gave us an item of news like this: There were married, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Brownsboro, on November 30th, Mr. Henry Reynolds and Miss Mary A. Casto. Rev. A. C. Howlett, who is no other than the genial "Dick," performed the ceremony with the grace and dignity peculiar to his everyday demeanor--forgetting not the customary admonitions which if followed are such profitable adjuncts to a pleasant and prosperous life. The groom has a ranch on Little Butte Creek, and it was to this home that he took his newmade bride. The Mail hopes their lives may be as full of sunshine as Uncle "Dick" would wish them to be.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 7, 1893, page 3


    A. C. HOWLETT is the Mail's regular correspondent at Eagle Point--and he is a good one, too. He is also our authorized agent for that locality, to whom money may be paid and receipted for in the name of this paper.

Medford Mail, October 19, 1894, page 2


Dick Is Facetious and Complimentary.
    "It was Saturday--a big day in the Mail office. Messrs Bliton & York bought--you bet they did. It is not best to be going around town asking what these gentlemen have done, just go and take a look at their fine cylinder press. I have seen men delighted when getting coupled and when the baby--the first baby, of course--was born, but when this fine press began to shape up its anatomy in the best print shop in Rogue River Valley, the bosses just issued bucketsful of delight from their eyes. I was there, you see, can't fool me. Then there were the boys that sling type, my, my, they were away up in the third story, working like beavers to get the big press in place and grinning like opossums all the while. Everybody "kinder" likes the Mail and have had it hinted to them more than once that the proprietors are hustlers from away back, and no one is surprised to see the Mail break the newspaper record in this valley. Grit and brain is what makes the dust so thick back where the other fellows are. I have got pretty well acquainted with the boys. Go around and see them; they will use you right and while you are there don't forget to subscribe for the liveliest paper in Southern Oregon.
    No one knows who wrote this, but it's about straight goods all the same. It you don't believe it just go around print-day and see and be convinced.
DICK.
Medford Mail, November 23, 1894, page 3


THE STUPIDITY OF GREED.
Our Officials Too Dall to See Their Own Best Interests.
Eagle Point, Or., Nov. 7, 1896.
Editor Valley Record:
    Your circular letter was received in due time and I have been looking over the letters published in the Record with a great deal of interest, but fail to see anything from the Butte Creek country, so thought 1 would aid my mite to the list in commendation of the course you have taken.
    With regard to the salaries of the county officers there is no question but what they are out of all proportion with other things, and when the People's Party published the platform demanding the reduction of the salaries of the officers of the county we all supposed that it was an understanding with the nominees that they were to take the nomination on the reform ticket in good faith and ex-Governor Pennoyer was honest and shrewd enough to donate a part of his salary for the benefit of the taxpayers, and I thought that as a matter of course our county officers would at least be SHARP enough to follow the example of our great leader.
    It is a conceded fact that the salaries of our officials are altogether out of proportion to other things.
    If you will review the history of any of them you will find that a few years ago either of them would have been glad to have accepted a position with a salary of $800 a year, and get up in the morning and make their own fire and sweep their own room. But it seems when they have a chance at the county purse they must follow the example of their predecessors--take all that there is in sight--and have the taxpayers hire a servant to build the fires and clean up their offices for them.
    I hope that the coming legislature will so amend the laws so as to equalize our salaries, a little at least. Not that I want to take the premium off of intellect. But give an intelligent farmer, such as our county clerk, county recorder, sheriff, etc., were a short time ago, an equal show with them.
Respectfully,
A. C. HOWLETT.
Valley Record, Ashland, December 10, 1896, page 3


    And now, Mr. Ed., my communication is already rather lengthy but you will pardon me if I refer to a personal matter. This ends the fourth year that I have been a regular contributor to your valuable and interesting paper. Yes, this makes the two hundred and eighth letter that I have written for the Mail and never missed a week. It is with feelings of pride that I refer to our associations for the last four years, and for the last ten years I have contributed something for the scrutiny of the public every week. While I have made some errors in writing 520 letters, I feel grateful to the reading public for the kindness shown me and to my many friends for the assistance they have given me in the way of items for the press, and kindly solicit a continuation of the same.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, September 16, 1898, page 5



    Last Sunday quite a number of friends came in to help me celebrate my sixty-ninth birthday, they having been invited by Mrs. Howlett without my knowledge. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Severance, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Moomaw and daughter, Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Robinett, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Lewis, Mesdames E. Sinclair and A. M. Thomas, and J. J. Fryer and grandson, Austin Green. After dinner Mrs. Harry Carlton and Miss Lottie Taylor came in and enlivened the occasion with some fine music. Altogether it made me feet quite young, and I hope that we may have many more such pleasant reunions.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, March 22, 1901, page 5


    Mrs. Howlett has opened a boarding house in Eagle Point.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, April 12, 1901, page 5


    Mrs. A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Jackson County, has been visiting her brother, A. W. Cooke.
"Damascus," Oregon City Enterprise, February 28, 1902, page 2


    Mrs. A. M. Thomas has been tearing away the old fence around her property and replacing it with a new one. A. C. Howlett has also been remodeling his fence and taking more land into his home place.
A. C. Howlett, "Eagle Point Eaglets," Medford Mail, March 14, 1902, page 5


Never Saw a Trolley Car.
    A. C. Howlett and two daughters arrived in Oregon City Saturday last from Medford, Oregon, having completed the overland journey of 315 miles in a wagon. Mr. Howlett is 73 years of age and never saw a trolley car until his advent in Oregon City, but has not seen the town for forty years. Needless to say, he was much astonished at the changes which have occurred here since that time. While here is visiting his brother-in-law, J. J. Cooke. After his visit here is completed, he will return home the way he came, following the old road used by the Oregon & California stage before the building of the railroad.
Oregon City Courier, August 19, 1904, page 5


    ALFRED COBB HOWLETT. One of the best-informed men in Jackson County on pioneer conditions in this section of Oregon is Alfred Cobb Howlett, proprietor and manager of the Sunnyside Hotel at Eagle Point. His residence in this county covers a period of forty-five years, and during that time he has been identified with various activities and has engaged in different occupations, and many are the interesting reminiscences he can relate of his early days in Oregon. He was born in Augusta, Maine, on the 16th of March, 1832, and is a son of James and Mary (Cobb) Howlett. The father was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his natal day being the 4th of March, 1801, while the mother's birth occurred in Lynn, Massachusetts, on the 3rd of April, 1803. Soon after their marriage they went to Maine, residing in hat state until 1838, when they removed to Missouri, settling in Boone County. In 1849 the father and his two eldest sons, James Henry and our subject, went to California. They made the journey with an ox team, going by way of New Mexico to Los Angeles, and spent the winter just outside of that city at San Gabriel Mission. That spring they engaged in mining and subsequently went to Amador County, California and there continued their prospecting for a time, and then engaged in the mercantile business. They continued to be identified with this until 1852, when they went to the Suisun Valley and engaged in ranching. In 1856 they were joined by the mother and the remainder of the family, who came around the Horn. They made their home in the Suisun Valley until the father's death in January, 1875, after which the mother returned to the East and lived with her daughter at Evanston, Illinois, until she passed away in 1886. During his early life James Howlett engaged in the manufacture of tobacco for the European trade on what was an extensive scale for that time. He was a very religious man, however, and feeling that he could no longer conscientiously deal in this commodity he withdrew from the business entirely. Later he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and the latter years of his life were devoted to farming and church work. He was a local Methodist preacher and supplied many pulpits in California during the pioneer period. Both the father and mother were people of rare culture and education, and Mrs. Howlett, who was reared in the Quaker faith, was for many years a regular contributor to the Ladies' Repository of New York City, a very popular household periodical of that period. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Howlett numbered ten, six of whom, four sons and two daughters, lived to attain maturity, our subject being the second son.
     Alfred Cobb Howlett was a youth of seventeen years when he came to California with his father and brother, and had already assumed the duties of manhood. His early education was acquired in the common schools of Missouri, but this was later supplemented by a year's study in the academy at Vacaville, California. During the first four years of his residence here, from 1850 to 1854, he worked in the mines, and later he assisted with the operation of the home ranch in the Suisun Valley, remaining there until 1857. He subsequently decided to enter the service of the church and in 1858 he was licensed to preach, and the following year he was admitted to membership in the conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In October, 1861, he began his duties as circuit preacher in Oregon with headquarters at Eugene. His circuit embraced sixteen appointments covering a territory of one hundred and seventy-five miles, and he visited each place of appointment once a month. In the fall of 1862 he was transferred to the Oregon City circuit, and the next year he was given charge of the field at Yreka, California. After a year's service in this circuit he was located at Williamsburg, Josephine County, and there terminated his work as a circuit rider. In 1867 he came to Jackson County, settling at Eagle Point, where he taught school during the week and preached on Sunday. He was later forced to abandon this, as the exposure and hard work while on the circuit was beginning to tell on his health, so he went up into the mountains to live until he should be well and strong again. In 1868 he withdrew from the Methodist conference and located on a ranch adjacent to Eagle Point, where he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, but his Sundays were still devoted to religious work, and he held church services every week at various places in the community, and performed such other duties as usually devolve upon a home missionary. Subsequently he removed to Eagle Point and went into the hotel business, and in 1901 he erected the present Sunnyside Hotel. It is most delightfully located, fronting on Little Butte Creek, and commands a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. In connection with the management of his hotel, Mr. Howlett is still operating his ranch of one hundred and forty-seven acres, which is one of the well-improved and valuable properties of the community. Ever since September, 1856, he has also been a contributor to the press, many of his articles appearing in the Pacific Methodist of San Francisco. For more than forty years he has been a newspaper correspondent and for the past twenty-seven years has written from one to three letters each week for publication. He possesses a marvelous capacity for work and is most versatile and so intelligently commands his forces that anything he undertakes is performed most capably and efficiently. Mr. Howlett has rendered notable service to the community where he has resided for so many years in various capacities and has the distinction of having organized the first Sunday school in this part of the county, which was convened on Bear Creek.
     In July, 1863, in the vicinity of Oregon City, Mr. Howlett was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Cooke, who was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, on the 31st of December, 1847. In 1852, at the age of five years, she crossed the plains to Oregon with her parents, William Willis and Martha Jane (Young) Cooke, who located at Oregon City. The father was a native of North Carolina and the mother of Missouri, but they both passed away in Clackamas County, this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Howlett there were born thirteen children, six of whom died in infancy, the others being as follows: Walter Henry, who is living in Muskogee, Oklahoma; Alfred Willis, who died at the age of fourteen years; Sarah, the wife of James M. Lewis, of Meadow Lake, Washington; Mildred Maria, who married C. E. Hoyt, of Fort Klamath, Oregon; Octavia Grace, the wife of Grant Shaw, of Fairview, Oregon; Lucy Hattie, who is at home; and Agnes Love, also at home.
     The family affiliate with the Congregational Church, Mr. Howlett having joined the East Willamette Association of Congregational Churches in 1907, since which he has been engaged in home and missionary work for this organization. He is one of the highly esteemed and widely known residents of the county, and has hosts of friends, as he is a man who strives to put into practice in his everyday life those principles which he advocates others adopting. He has always been a hard worker, and as he is a capable business man he has succeeded in his undertakings, thus acquiring a comfortable competence and some valuable property. Despite the fact that he has attained the venerable age of eighty years he is still leading an active life and gives his personal supervision to his various interests, his energy and enterprise putting to shame many a man years his junior.
Joseph Gaston, The Centennial History of Oregon, vol. III, 1912, pages 307-308



    Mrs. A. C. Howlett of Eagle Point left Thursday morning for Klamath Falls to visit her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Hoyt.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 25, 1912, page 2


    A. C. Howlett was in town last week. He is an old resident of Eagle Point and runs the Sunnyside Hotel. He has reached his eighty-second year and states that for the last twenty-nine years he has written from one to four pieces of news and articles each week, all of which have found publication.
"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, April 16, 1914, page 6



EIGHTY-FOUR YEARS YOUNG
    One of the most devoted contributors to the Sunday-School Society is Rev. A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Oregon. Mr. Howlett was born in Augusta, Maine, March 16, 1832. In his young boyhood his family moved to Missouri, and thence he went with his father by ox team to Los Angeles in 1849. He decided to enter the ministry, and was ordained in the Methodist Church, being stationed in Eugene, Oregon, in 1861. His circuit there embraced sixteen appointments. He covered a territory of 175 miles, visiting each appointment once a month. After strenuous service in several fields in Oregon and California, he settled at Eagle Point, forty-nine years ago, where he has rendered large service as a teacher, preacher, and newspaper correspondent. He has been blessed with thirteen children.
    Mr. Howlett became deeply interested in the work of the Sunday-School Society through the services of Rev. M. C. Davis, and united with the Congregational denomination. He has been a most helpful traveling companion and friend to Mr. Davis in all his work. In addition, Mr. Howlett contributes regularly each month a generous sum toward the work of the Society. We believe the friends of the work will be glad to look upon the picture of this noble, Christian pioneer who has seen marvelous developments in our country during the eighty-four fruitful years of his life.
The American Missionary, October 1916, page 365


    Mrs. A. C. Howlett and daughter and Messrs. Ringer and Edsell of Eagle Point were guests in the A. H. Peachey home on Lincoln Street, Sunday. Mrs. Howlett is manager of the Sunnyside Hotel in Eagle Point.
"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, February 15, 1917, page 14


    Probably the oldest newspaper correspondent in Oregon is A. C. Howlett, of Eagle Point, Jackson County. He is 85 years old and has been doing out-of-town correspondence for Jackson County newspapers for 51 years. He never owned a newspaper and never worked in a newspaper office. His journalistic experience has consisted entirely of writing up arrivals and departures, births, deaths, marriages and divorces from the small town where he resides. He has not missed a week for 32 years. All the reports that he has sent in, if gathered up, would make a sort of Anglo-Saxon chronicle for his home town.
"Forty Years Spent on Jobs by Several Men Prominent in Oregon Affairs," Oregonian, Portland, March 4, 1917, page 50


Howlett Gets Boost in Portland Journal
    It's one thing to name a home place and it's quite another thing to fit in with the name. At Eagle Point, Oregon, there's a home named "Sunnyside," and everything fits and measures up to the name. It is on the sunny side of the street and A. C. Howlett, the owner, has been an optimistic, sunny country newspaper correspondent for more than half a century. "Mother" Howlett is one of those adorable women born with a smile and she has been smiling and scattering cheer for the past 72 years. She is a sister to Postmaster J. J. Cooke of Oregon City, and a member of the Oregon family that has had to do with the shaping of state affairs.
    "I was born in Maine, civilized in Missouri, Christianized in California and married in Oregon," is Howlett's characterization of himself.
    His birthday dates back to March 16, 1832, and after the civilizing period he joined the Southern Methodist conference in 1859 and was sent to Red Bluff circuit, later to Clear Creek circuit and then to Eugene, Ore. In 1863 he and "Mother" Howlett were married.
    Howlett taught school in Eagle Point 52 years ago in a little log house with a chimney, and a blackboard all around the room. The children and grandchildren of the pupils of those early days, when they decide to get married, make pilgrimages with the ones of their choice back to Eagle Point that "Pa" Howlett may read the ceremony and "Mother" Howlett smile her blessing, and then the affair is written up the column length by "Pa."
    As a country correspondent Howlett has received national recognition. Some years ago the Publishers' Auxiliary, a newspaper for newspaper publishers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, made him the subject of a leading editorial. He has a style that is quaint and entertaining and "homey." There's a bit of philosophy scattered through and during all these years, when at times he was busy on his ranch and with other duties, his faithfulness to his correspondence work has been actuated by a wholehearted citizenship and sense of public and community pride. He corresponded for the Roseburg Review when Rev. J. J. Bell edited and published it and he has been correspondent for the oldest papers in Jackson County. He was with the Oregon Sentinel of Jacksonville and Medford's first paper, the Medford Monitor, and eight years with the Ashland Record. He is corresponding for the Medford Mail Tribune now and was with this paper before it bought over several papers in the county and when it was the Medford Mail. The column or so he sends several times a week to the paper he has named the "Eagle Point Eaglets."
    The dinner latch key is out at "Sunnyside" every day, but on Sunday so many good things, such as chicken and whipped cream cake, are on the table, that automobile parties from all over this part of the state have for years been crowding the hospitable dining room on that day, and the guest list runs from 25 to 50. Howlett has a special little notebook in which every guest considers it an honor to register. Each weekout come the "Eaglets" with news of the guests and all that was said in passing.--Portland Journal, November 30.
Medford Mail Tribune, December 9, 1919, page 4


A. C. (Dad) Howlett
    The first dollar I ever earned was stripping tobacco for my father back in Missouri. That was 79 years ago, when I was a boy of 10 years. The dollar was applied to a suit of clothes. Us boys did no fooling, and when we got ahold of a dollar we knew how and where we got it. We did not spend our money foolishly, but always spent it for something worthwhile. Our father made us work hard, so we would learn the value of money, and it did us no harm that I can see.
"How I Earned My First Dollar," Medford Mail Tribune, October 8, 1921, page 4


    Though more than 90 years of age, Rev. A. C. Howlett, veteran newspaper correspondent for the past 50 years, is as spry as many a man much his junior. Rev. Howlett is in the city today from Eagle Point and is enjoying the many lessons gleaned from attending the Price revival meetings.

"Local and Personal," Ashland Tidings, October 4, 1922, page 4


OBITUARY
    HOWLETT--Alfred Cobb Howlett died at his home in Eagle Point, Ore., May 21, of an illness of the past four weeks, aged 92 years, two months, five days. He was born at Augusta, Maine, March 16, 1932, grandson of Thomas Cobb, who joined the Revolutionary Army at the age of 17 years. Marched with it from Halifax, Nova Scotia, his native home, to West Point. He was drummer boy in the command of General Knox. He was at Valley Forge when General Lafayette visited the army and furnished them with shoes and blankets. He was trying to make himself a pair of shoes of the legs of his boots. He remained with the army until the war closed and was mustered out at Yorktown. Having joined the Society of Friends (Quakers, as they are often called), he was very reticent on the subject of battles, but appeared perfectly acquainted with all the circumstances of Lexington and Bunker Hill battles. When pensions were offered he refused to make application for it, saying he considered it the wages of unrighteousness. My grandfather gave me the best idea of General Washington of anyone I ever heard speak of him. He said the impression he ever gave was that it would be useless to attempt to enlist his interest in anything unimportant. He said he had heard him in his tent at night pleading with God in prayer for the success of the cause.
    Mr. Howlett crossed the plains with his father in 1849 to California over the Santa Fe Trail. He went to school and followed mining until 1861, coming to Oregon, and was ordained a Methodist minister. He was a circuit rider on the Eugene circuit, following the circuit for two years, going from there to Oregon City, following that circuit for two years, where he was married to Sarah E. Cook, July 16, 1863, and to this union were born 13 children, five sons and eight daughters. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, and four daughters, Mrs. Sarah Lewis, Four Lakes, Washington; Mrs. Millie Hoyt, Fort Klamath, Ore.; Mrs. Tavia Shaw, Portland, Ore.; Miss Hattie Howlett, Eagle Point, Ore.
    He served as circuit rider, Jackson County, 1864-65; Yreka, California, 1867, and Josephine County, 1868, moving to Eagle Point in 1869, residing there ever since. He was a kindly and lovable man and was highly respected by all who knew him. For the past sixty years he had written for different newspapers. In 1910 he joined the Congregational Church. He has one sister living, Mrs. Lucy Prescott Vane, Los Angeles, Cal., aged 97 years. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren preceded him.
    Funeral services were held at the home in Eagle Point, Friday at 3 p.m., May 23rd, 1924, Rev. Mark C. Davis of Wolf Creek, Ore. officiating, the sermon topic being taken from John 14:2 and I Peter 1-4.
    Mrs. S. Childreth, choir leader, was assisted by Mrs. Mittlesteadt. Mrs. Weidman, Mrs. Guy Pruitt, Mrs. Roy Smith, Mrs. Gus Nichols and W. Perry Lou Smith, W. Childreth, Roy Smith, Floyd Pearce, John Smith, honorary pallbearers.
    A profuse and beautiful floral tribute was furnished by a host of friends.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Perl, undertaker, Medford, Ore., had charge of the funeral, and interment was at the Antelope Cemetery, Jackson County, Oregon.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 26, 1924, page 8


Alfred Howlett, Oregon Pioneer, Writes "Thirty"
Familiar Figure in Public Life in Southern Oregon for Many Years Passes On

    ASHLAND, May 26.--Perhaps the best known and familiar man in public life in Southern Oregon was removed from life Wednesday, when Alfred Cobb Howlett, pioneer newspaperman and Methodist pastor, passed away at his home in Eagle Point at the age of 92 years.
    He is known to many as the genial proprietor of the Sunnyside Inn in Eagle Point, where he was prone to tell stories of the days when he was a circuit rider in the Willamette Valley, and in the Siskiyous and Josephine County.
    In 1879 he was a correspondent on the Valley Record, an old publication here, and prior to that time had contributed articles to the Sentinel, a pioneer Oregon publication. For the past few years his homely notes known as "Eagle Point Eaglets" in the Tribune have been read with as much satisfaction as the aged author wrote them.
    He is survived by his wife and four daughters. Funeral services were held at Eagle Point. Interment was made in Antelope Cemetery. Rev. M. C. Davis of Wolf Creek, an old friend, conducted services.
Klamath News, Klamath Falls, May 27, 1924, page 4


    EAGLE POINT, Ore., Aug. 14.--(Special.)--Born at Portland, Ore., Aug. 8th, to Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Brooks, a daughter. Mrs. Brooks will be remembered here as Esther Shaw. The baby is the first great-granddaughter born to Mrs. S. E. Howlett of the Sunnyside Hotel.

"Mrs. Howlett of Eagle Point Now a Great Grandma," Medford Mail Tribune, August 14, 1929, page 7


    Family Reunion--The following were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hoyt at Fort Klamath recently: Mrs. S. E. Howlett, Miss Hattie Howlett, Miss Rosa Whaley, all of Eagle Point; Mrs. Octavia Shaw, J. H. Cooke and daughter Lucille, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shaw, all of Portland, and Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Cooke of Damascus, Ore. The affair was a family reunion, all being relatives of Mrs. Hoyt, with the exception of Miss Whaley.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, September 13, 1931, page 2


MOTHER HOWLETT OF EAGLE POINT INSPIRES A POEM
    EAGLE POINT, Jan. 17--(Spl.)--The watch party at the Grange hall New Year's Eve turned out to be a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Sarah E. Howlett, who celebrated her 85th birthday. Her Grange friends presented her with a beautiful cyclamen plant, and an enormous birthday cake, which was decorated with the name "Mother" in her honor. Games were played and all enjoyed the evening.
    The following verses, composed by Mrs. Nora Harris, were read in honor to the dear old lady, who is always mother to everybody:
   

Here's to one
   
Who's been with us for years,
Who has shared all our joys,
Our sorrows and tears;
Who has given to many of her bounteous store
And has ne'er turned one hungry away from her door.

In fact, we've been told that her bountiful dinners
Draw the rich and the poor, the saints and the sinners.
She's lived eighty-five years, giving no thought to self,
And for that very reason, she's not laid on the shelf,
We call her "Ma Howlett," and isn't it true,
She'd mother the whole world without much ado.
   
To some life is play, to others it's shirk,
But believe me, to Ma Howlett, it's get down and work;
But then work to her is nothing but play,
So she's up and doing at the dawn of each day;
She's a jack of all trades, sees what is to do
From roofing a house to mending a shoe.
You might hunt the world over, you'd find none to compare
With this wonderful woman, who could and would dare.
   
In her eighty-fifth year, she's as young and as gay,
As the child who was born on her mother's birthday;
So here's to Ma Howlett, give her three rousing cheers,
Who's done much for this world in her eighty-five years;
And three cheers for Hattie, that daughter who's true
Who is genial and chatty, even though things do look blue.
Medford Mail Tribune, January 17, 1933, page 8


MRS. HOYT'S PASSING SADDENS FRIENDS IN EAGLE POINT REGION
    EAGLE POINT, Aug. 9.--(Spl.)--The community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Millie Hoyt, who passed away August 2, after a long illness at the home of her mother and sister [omission] Hattie, her husband, Ed Hoyt of Fort Klamath, two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Lewis of Spokane, Wash., and Mrs. Tavia Shaw of Portland, Ore., she leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Fort Klamath grange and of the Medford chapter of the order of Rebeccas.
    Funeral services were held at the Perl Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. W. R. Baird of Medford, and Rev. J. S. Smith of Butte Falls. The Rebeccas had charge of the services at the grave. Burial was in the Antelope cemetery. A host of grieving friends attended the last rites.
    Mrs. Hoyt was a daughter of one of the oldest pioneer families of the Rogue River Valley, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Howlett, who came to this district when it was little but a wilderness. They raised a large family here, only three daughters of which are now living. Mr. Howlett, who passed away several years ago, was an itinerant minister and a scribe of unique character. He will be remembered as the author of the Eagle Point Eaglets for many years in the Mail Tribune and which attracted so much attention at the time for the unconscious humor which permeated them.
    Mrs. Howlett is one of the most loved women in all Southern Oregon, and justly so, for she lives but to minister to others. Having passed her eighty-fifth milestone, she remains as cheerful, as interesting, we would almost say, as youthful, as ever. For many years she has been mistress of the Sunnyside Hotel, which is renowned for its fine chicken dinners, and which attracts guests from all over the valley.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 9, 1933, page 7


PIONEER DAUGHTER OF MRS. HOWLETT DIES IN SPOKANE
(By Gertrude Haak)
    EAGLE POINT, Aug. 15.--(Spl.)--Mother Howlett received word of the passing of her daughter, Sarah Howlett Lewis, on Sunday, August 12, at her ranch home near Spokane, Wash.
    Mrs. Lewis was born June 3, 1869, on the old homestead of her parents, Alfred C. and Sarah Howlett, which was located about three miles from Eagle Point on the Big Desert, south of the present Charles Cingcade home, and was the eldest daughter of 13 children, only two of whom are still living.
    Raised in this community, she was married to James M. Lewis on September 3, 1890, while living on what is now the Alta Vista orchard and where her parents lived for 18 years. The first 10 years of her married life was spent with her husband on the Britt place and there, their two children, Edward and Virgie, were born.
    They moved to Sterling on the Applegate River in 1900, where they lived until 1906, then went to Kansas for a year, returning in 1907 and moving to a ranch near Spokane, which has been their home ever since.
    Her husband, James H. Lewis, passed away in April of this year. Mrs. Lewis had been in poor health for several years, but with the passing of her husband she became more subject to heart attacks, which resulted in her death.
    Besides her aged mother, Mrs. Sarah Howlett of Eagle Point, she leaves to mourn her passing one son, Edward Lewis of Colville, Wash., a daughter, Virgie Potts, of Sprague, Wash., two grandchildren, Donald and Delbert Lewis and two sisters, Octavia Shaw of Portland, and Hattie Howlett of Eagle Point.
    She was buried near her home at Spokane.
    And to Mother Howlett, beloved pioneer mother, who has endured all the privation, the heartaches and suffering, as well as the joys of the pioneer mother, the proprietress of the Sunnyside Hotel at Eagle Point, who, though nearing the four-score-and-ten mark, is still actively engaged in the performance of her daily duties, who has buried husband and eleven children, and to her daughter, Hattie, the sympathy of the entire community and of all of Southern Oregon is extended in this new sorrow.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 15, 1934, page 6


MRS. HOWLETT VERY ILL IS WORD FROM EAGLE PT.
    Word was received from Eagle Point today to the effect that Mrs. S. E. Howlett, one of the best-known pioneer women in Southern Oregon, is seriously ill at her home in the Sunnyside Hotel there.
Medford Mail Tribune, March 26, 1936, page 1


REPORT MRS. HOWLETT CONDITION UNCHANGED
    The condition of Mrs. Sarah E. Howlett of Eagle Point, who has been seriously ill for some time, is reported as about the same by the attending physician. Mrs. Howlett is a long-time resident of the Eagle Point district. and her illness has been of great concern to a large number of friends in the valley.
    Mrs. Octavia Shaw, daughter of Mrs. Howlett, arrived early this week from her home in Portland, to be with her mother, who is 88 years of age.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 2, 1936, page 5


FINAL SUMMONS TO MRS. HOWLETT
    Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Howlett, beloved pioneer of Oregon and resident of Eagle Point for the past 54 years, passed away at her home there yesterday morning at the age of 88. Death came as a result of infirmities of old age.
    Mrs. Howlett had lived in Oregon for 84 years, coming across the plains with her family when only four years old. She had an extremely wide acquaintance in this part of the state, and her death will be mourned by hundreds.
    The funeral will be held from the Eagle Point Grange hall at 2 p.m. Tuesday. She will be interred alongside her husband, who preceded her in death in 1924, at the Antelope cemetery.
    A complete funeral notice and obituary will appear in this paper Monday. The Perl Funeral Home is in charge.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 5, 1936, page 1


SARAH HOWLETT FUNERAL RITES IN E.P. TUESDAY
    Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Howlett, who died at her home in Eagle Point Saturday morning of pneumonia.
    She was born in LaFayette County, Missouri, and came to Oregon by ox team with her parents when she was only four years old. The trip took six months, and the hardships of the journey were climaxed with a fight with the Indians while the party was fording the Snake River.
    Her family settled at Oregon City. There she married Alfred Cobb Howlett in 1863. Later they moved to Jacksonville where they lived for two years before moving to Yreka, both teaching school there and in Scotts Valley, California, until 1865 when they returned to Oregon.
    Upon their return here they took up a homestead between this city and Eagle Point, living there for 10 years before moving to Derby. They made their home in Derby for six years and then moved to Eagle Point in 1882. Mr. Howlett died there in 1924.
    Mrs. Howlett was one of the best known and most beloved pioneers in this part of the state. Her dinners at the Sunnyside Hotel in Eagle Point have long been famous and people journeyed for miles to be with her on Sundays. So great was her circle of friends that it has been decided to hold her funeral in the Grange hall in Eagle Point, other buildings there being considered too small.
    She is survived by two of her 13 children. They are Miss Hattie Howlett of Eagle Point and Mrs. Tavia Shaw of Portland. Two brothers are also living, A. W. Cooke now living in Damascus, Oregon, and Henry Cooke, who still makes his home on the old family homestead at Oregon City. Also surviving are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    Pallbearers for the funeral will be William H. Brown, Nick Young, John Smith, Leland Smith, Ray Smith and William Perry.
    Rev. Smith of Butte Falls will officiate at the services in the Grange hall, with the Rebekah lodge conducting the remainder of the inside service. The Eagle Point Grange will be in charge at the graveside at the Antelope cemetery where she will be interred alongside the remains of her husband.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 6, 1936, page 8


Mother Howlett
    April 7, 1936, Eagle Point witnessed the largest and most impressive funeral service ever held here, when hundreds paid their last tribute to its oldest and best beloved citizen, lovingly known as "Ma" Howlett.
    She had been a resident of Eagle Point for 54 years, coming to Oregon 84 years ago, crossing the plans with her parents at the age of 4 years.
    On July 16, 1863, she was married to Alfred C. Howlett near Oregon City, to which union 13 children were born, all except two preceding her in death. Her husband passed away in May, 1924.
    "Ma" Howlett endeared herself to everyone, both young and old, who chanced to come within the radius of her all-inclusive love and generosity. It is hard to put into words the hardships and self-sacrifices these old pioneers, such as "Ma" Howlett, had to endure in coming to and settling this country, and also difficult for the younger generation to conceive of the fortitude and courage with which she always met every emergency. No matter how great her own burden or grief, she was ever ready to lend a helping hand and a word of comfort to others in sickness and disease. She took homeless and motherless ones into her home, caring for them as her own, a mother to all.
    Often in her younger days she walked miles to minister to a neighbor in distress, regardless of the weather, day or night, never faltering, never complaining.
    She was a niece of Mary Harris Chambers, who fought side by side with and saw her husband killed by Indians during the Rogue River Indian war of 1855.
    Truly it was such dauntless courage and faith as this on which this mighty empire was builded, and our debt of love and gratitude to such as Mother Howlett is indeed beyond reckoning.
Medford Mail Tribune, April 10, 1936, page 6


    Mrs. J. Brown reported on the success of the sausage dinner held at the Grange hall on Feb. 28. The cooking was done on a modern electric stove, but also in the Grange kitchen is an old four-burner wood stove which is used for keeping foods warm. This stove was originally part of the old Sunnyside Hotel in Eagle Point, owned and operated by Mrs. Sarah "Maw" Howlett. Following Mrs. Howlett's death, her daughters gave the stove to the Eagle Point Grange.

"Eagle Point Grange," Medford Mail Tribune, March 11, 1959, page 5



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