Howes Family Reunion

 Three of the grandchildren of Micajah and Flora Howes, the children of their youngest daughter Beth and Walter McNaughten: Ruth Enns, David McNaughten and Evangeline Thiessen.

 
When the Howes Family held a reunion in Millet this year, there were 74 from four generations of the family present at the keynote dinner.  The oldest was 92 years young, the youngest 15 months.  They came from as far away as Florida, Newfoundland, Ontario as well as many parts of Alberta.   
Micajah Howes travelled to Western Canada and the Millet area in 1899 and filed on two homesteads, one for himself and one for his oldest son, Horace, in the Hillside School district south-west of Millet.  He then returned to Massachusetts to bring his family to their new home.  He and his wife, Flora, along with their children, Horace, Thomas, Mildred, Nathan and Roger, and their furnishings and livestock arrived back at their homestead in 1900.  In 1907 another daughter, Beth, was added to the fam Horace Willard, 1882 – 1964, married Annie Shears, had two daughters, and became a Salvation Army officer who worked most of his life in Ontario.
Thomas Hawley, 1888 – 1981, married Ruth Bloom, had three daughters, and took over the family farm in 1925.  Ruth was very active in the community for which she was honoured by the Millet Museum.  Thomas was the one who truly knew this area and its people.
Mildred Isabel, 1890 – 1974, married Howard Marr and had a son and a daughter.  Mildred was educated in Chicago and returned as one of the early teachers at Hillside School.
Nathan Micajah, 1894 – 1951, married Olive May Moffat, had three sons and five daughters, and became a chiropractor working in Ontario.
Roger Williams, 1898 – 1993, married Mary Fickett, had two daughters, and was a missionary to China.  His niece, Irma, who won the reunion prize for having the most grandchildren and great grandchildren at the reunion, told me about the way Roger's family had spent World War II in a Japanese concentration camp which had been a university campus.  She was very proud of the way   Roger had stepped up as a leader, organizing the people into groups for the various activities such as cooking, school for the children, developed an executive committee, divided the living space with curtains so each family could have equal private space, contrived beds above beds to increase living space, organized a church with a co-pastor, etc.  He did much to prevent chaos and keep peace within the concentration camp.
Mary Elizabeth (Beth), 1907 – 2005, married Walter McNaughton, and had two sons and two daughters.  Beth became a teacher and taught for five years in one-room schools near Millet and Gwynne, then attended Prairie Bible Institute.  When she was doing mission work in the Hines Creek area in 1936, Walter McNaughton recruited her to teach at the Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith.  She worked in various staff roles at the school, including being virtually private secretary for McNaughton.  In an evening conversation in the late spring of 1939, they “found we love each other, a wonderful evening” in the words of McNaughton's diary.  They were soon married.  Walter McNaughton was first and foremost a missionary and evangelist, founder of the Peace River Bible Institute, but he also earned his master electricians papers (1955), a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta (1970), and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Oregon (1975).  In 1989 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Briercrest Bible Institute.  From 1975 to 1998, Walter and Beth McNaughton retired in Millet where they continued a very busy life with much involvement in the community.  It was during this time that Beth was a founding member of the Millet Historical Society and did much of the work which earned her recognition by the Millet Museum.  They finished their lives in Grande Prairie where their two daughters live.  There they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June 2004.  Beth passed away April 11, 2005, and Walter joined her January 11, 2006.  Because of the extent of Walter's work, Beth and Walter would be the best known of the Howes' family members, at least in central and northern Alberta.
The Howes were one of the many pioneer families who had a strong faith.  The family started every day with devotions, a Bible reading and prayer.  They attended Sunday School and church whenever possible.  There were usually some members of the family in full time work for the Lord.  Then and now, they are the kind of capable, intelligent, inventive and faithful people that form the bedrock of our nation.
 
Editor’s note: Walter and Beth McNaugton , lived across the street from us on 50th. Ave Millet. When Dian and I were to be married we asked Walter, then in his late eighties to perform the service. He had to ask his church council and the Alberta Government for special permission as his papers as an ordained minister had expired. He was granted the nessesary permission from the council and the government granted him a one day licence to perform the cerimony. Dian and I still feel deeply honoured to have known Walter and Beth McNaugton.
More Stories:
  • The Old Car Detective Father and son with 1959 Cadillac hardtop     Jamal Salam of Mississauga, Ontario, owns an American icon, a 1959 Cadillac two-door hardtop with the biggest tailfins in town!  His Series 6337 Coupe de Ville came from Arizona ...
  • Why Annexation?     One of the questions that was asked at an Edmonton informational session last week has stuck in this reporters mind. The question was a simple one “What is the need to annex since the people remain the same regardless ...
  • Leduc Comp Advances     The Leduc Comp Badminton team finished league play on Tuesday, April 8th by hosting and defeating John Paul II from Fort Saskatchewan 5 sets to none and then Fort Saskatchewan 4 sets to 1. These victories ensured the ...
  • “We’ve a Lot of Work to Do”     Those were the words from Tim Brockelsby, a Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, at the conclusion of Edmonton’s second of five planned conversations with Leduc residents affected by Edmonton’s proposed annexation ...
  • Leduc Rural Crime Watch Award Cst. Mcfarlene, President Cor De Wit, Mayor Whaley.      The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has announced that the Leduc Rural Crime Watch Association has been awarded their 2013 Award for Excellence.      The award was established ...
  • 13,000 HOUR DONATION Executive Director, Petra Pfeiffer, thanks Jeannie Blakely on Appreciation evening. Whenever there is a crime or tragedy, there is a victim.           The word ‘victim’ does not adequately describe the complexity of circumstances ...
  • RURAL CRIME WATCH     The organization had been undergoing a serious decline in interest until the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 when the community experienced a rash of break-ins and thefts. Membership spiked and with increased monitoring ...
  • LUTZ, Leona     With sadness we announce the passing of Leona Lutz on April 6, 2014.  She will be missed by son Lary, daughter Annette, sisters-in-law Anne Knull, Irene Knull, Ella Meyers, Ruth Lutz and Lily Riehl as well as many nieces, ...
  • Wetaskiwin Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast  City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot shows the ribbon shirt which was given to him by Laron Northwest on behalf of the Samson Cree Nation and Maskwacis.     Wetaskiwin's 23rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast was held at ...
  • Kids Making a Difference The 19th annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program for Wetaskiwin and area was held at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum the evening of April 7th.  This is a program to recognize the good kids who are making a positive difference ...
  • Leduc City Citizens of Distinction     Annual ceremony hosted during Leduc’s Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.     The City of Leduc is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Citizens of Distinction Awards: Brianna Day  Athletic Achievement ...
  • Lakedell 4-H Beef Club     Our club has been keeping busy. In February we had our beef supper on valentines day with a great turn out. On the 15th our club attended the Red Deer Rebels game. We also had Public speaking on the 28th. All members ...
  • Council Notes From All Over CITY OF WETASKIWIN COUNCIL Barry McDonald     Wetaskiwin City Council invites the public to attend their regular meetings in Council Chambers (4705 - 50 Ave). The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. ...
  • kickin’ back with the funnies
  • Editorial Comment Concerning School Closures     As some of you are most likely aware, our school division has recently faced some adversity, much of which has been attributed to a—now recovering—decline in enrollment. As a measure to maintain equitable services for ...
  • Spring Fling Mercedez Swallow creates a spotted puppy at the Spring Fling trade fair in the Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.      Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce hosts new features - Hosting successful events has challenges. But observing a steady ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia