Pvt. Hiram A. Howard
Hiram A. Howard, White Creek, Wis., member of G.A.R. Post No. 19, was born Feb. 19, 1844 at Menomonee, Waukesha County, Wis. Isaac and H-- Howard, his parents, were born respectively in the States of New York and Vermont, and both grandsires were soldiers in the War of 1812, and descended from soldiers who fought in the Revolution. The senior Howard removed his interests to Wisconsin in 1841, and himself and wife died in Menomonee. Mr. Howard is the eldest of their ten children. Louisa, Abram S., Irena, Edwin S. (deceased), Lavina, Euphan, James, Jane E., and Charles H. are the names of the other children. The father was a farmer and a quarryman and the son was reared to both callings. His father became blind and his mother fell into ill health, and their responsibilities devolved on him as oldest son.
When he was 18 years old he enlisted at Menomonee August 19, 1862 in Company A, 28th Wisconsin Infantry. Mr. Howard was sometimes quite sick but he never lost a day of service nor went to hospital. He was detached and placed on the Pioneer Corps, performing excessively hard duty in preparing the way for the march to and in front of the entrenchments at Spanish Fort, which were peculiarly aggravating character, trees having been felled and interwoven, forming an almost impassable barrier.
Post-War OccupationsAfter leaving the army Mr. Howard returned to Menomonee, where he engaged in farming until about 1870, when he went to Clay Center, Clay Co., Kansas, and engaged in farming there until about 1873. He went thence to Milwaukee and operated in the interests of Sanger, Rockwell & Co. some years. He returned to Menomonee where he resumed operations as a quarryman in which enterprise he found abundant success and which he conducted until April, 1889, when he removed to Waukesha. In the spring of 1890 he located at White Creek, where he is occupied as a merchant and hotel keeper.
Family and SocietyHe was married at Menomonee, March 1, 1866, to Eliza, daughter of George and Nancy (Pickle) Church, a native of Huron, Wayne Co., New York. The record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Howard is as follows: Rachel E., died in infancy; Emma married George Neff; Alfred and Stephen H. are students; Esther is the youngest flower of the household. Mr. Howard is Adjutant of his Post (G.A.R. Post 19). He is an active worker in his society relations, which include a membership of 25 years in the Order of Good Templars. He has acted six times as delegate to the Grand Lodge, has been several times District Delegate and also National Delegate. He and his wife belong to the M.E. Church at Waukesha.
Hiram died 22 November 1919 in New Chester, Adams County, Wisconsin and is buried in Eaton Cemetery in that county.
Much of the biography was extracted from the "Soldiers' and Citizens' Album of Biographical Record" published by the Grand Army Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1890. Pvt. Bloodgood's autobiographical sketch was published in the proceedings of the 28th Wisconsin Reunion Society. Information contributed by Ellen Steinberg.