Among the prosperous farmers of Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, may be mentioned Frank L. Howe, whose postoffice address is Seneca. He was born in the township in which he lives, January 17, 1860, a son of Isaac W. and Alma (Packer) Howe, who were among the early settlers of LaSalle county, and who lived on their farm in Miller township for many years, rearing their family here. Their five children, now scattered and settled in life, are as follows: Jenny, wife of E. R. Butterfield, of St. Lawrence, South Dakota; John B., of Kentland, Indiana; Ida, wife of W. J. Thomas, of Seneca, Illinois; Charles, also of Seneca; and Frank L., whose name forms the heading of this sketch. The mother of these children was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Frank L. Howe passed his boyhood days as other farmer boys, assisting in the farm work and attending the public schools, and when he grew up engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account. He has been successful in his operations, has acquired considerable property, and is one of the well-known and prosperous farmers of the county.
Mr. Howe was married September 27, 1882, to Miss Mary Velma Fry, a native of Grundy county, Illinois, and a daughter of Simon and Achsah (Wilson) Fry. Mr. Fry was a Virginian, who went from that state to Indiana in 1836, and in 1840 came over into Illinois, where he made a permanent settlement. Here he married Miss Wilson, the daughter of William Wilson, a native of New York state. The fruits of their union were four children, namely: Andrew J., who died at the age of seventeen years; Aaron Burr, a resident of LaSalle county; Mary V., wife of Mr. Howe; and Jeannette, wife of F. A. Mossman. of Nettle Creek township, Grundy county. Mr. and Mrs. Howe have two children: Edna M., born April 24, 1885; and James Wallace, born September 16, 1889.
Mr. Howe's father was a Democrat, and he also gives his support to this party.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 251-252.