Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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C. H. Howlett

C. H. HOWLETT. Among the prominent real estate dealers of Parsons, Kansas, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. A man of honest and upright business methods, and of the strictest integrity, he is highly respected in the community, of which, he is a well known member. He is an active worker in local affairs, and is always ready to assist in any movement which tends toward the welfare of the people, and of the town in which he resides. Mr. Howlett was born in Rennselaer county, New York, in 1836, and is of English descent. His father was John Howlett, who was born in England.

Mr. Howlett was reared and schooled in his native county, where he remained until 1856. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois, and entered the locomotive department of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Company. There he remained for two years, when he moved to Kentucky, where he was engaged in railroading until 1861. After the Civil War broke out, he enlisted, in August, 1861, in Company D. 6th Reg., New York Vol. Cav. He served in the Army of the Potomac, and during the second battle of Bull Run, in 1863, he was wounded, and afterward received an honorable discharge. In 1864, Mr. Howlett returned to his former occupation of railroading, accepting a position as engineer with the N. & 0. Railroad Company. He remained with this company until 1870, when he obtained similar employment with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Company. In 1893, Mr. Howlett became interested in real estate transactions, and decided to open up a place of business in this line, in Parsons, where he has made his home since 1871. He has been very successful, and has a large patronage. He possesses a thorough understanding of realty affairs, and is well known in Parsons and the surrounding country.

In 1876, Mr. Howlett was married to Minnie Mersereau, and they have been blessed with four children, whose names are: Sadie, John, Emily, and Hattie. The subject of this sketch is a member of the A. 0. U. W. and. A. F. & A. M. lodges, and also of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.