Alfred Francis Howes

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About Alfred Francis Howes

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ALFRED FRANCIS HOWES

Alfred Francis Howes has devoted his life to the acquirement and dissemination of knowledge and renders to Manchester the service of an experienced, efficient educator who has a high conception of the duties and responsibilities of his profession. He was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1863 a son of Henry A. and Fidelia T. Howes. His father was also a native of Ashfield and followed agricultural pursuits for many years. He was a deacon in the Congregational church and a stanch adherent of the republican party. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Howes, three sons and three daughters, namely: Abbott, Sereno, Carrie, Bertha, Edna and Alfred F.

The last named attended Arms Academy at Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and afterward matriculated in Amherst College, which conferred upon him the degrees of A. B. and M. A. He was graduated with the class of June, 1887, and taught for a year in Duluth, Minnesota. Returning to the east, he became principal of the high school in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he remained eight years. He next went to Middlebury, Vermont, where he spent six years, discharging the duties of principal and supervisor. For a period of six years he was superintendent of the public schools of the Southern Berkshire district, of Massachusetts. In 1910 he came to Manchester as superintendent of school districts 1 to 8 and has done much to improve the curriculum and methods of instruction in this locality. He is resourceful in meeting the various problems that are constantly arising in his work and has been fortunate in securing the hearty cooperation of the teachers under him in his efforts to maintain the highest possible standard, not only as to scholarship, but also discipline in the training of pupils for good citizenship. Mr. Howes is a member of the National Education Association and the National Association of School Superintendents and was president of Hartford County Teachers Association.

In 1892 Mr. Howes was united in marriage to Miss Sarah P. S. Clark daughter of Rev. Ashael and Phoebe (Gooch) Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Howes have become the parents of a son, Robert Clark, who was born in 1899 and is a graduate of Connecticut Agricultural College and is now superintendent of a large estate in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Mr. Howes is a Mason and has been a member of the Hartford Get-Together Club for sixteen years. His religious views are in accord with the teachings of the Congregational church and his influence is always on the side of reform, progress and improvement. Mr. Howes enjoys an enviable reputation as an educator and his life work has been one of broad usefulness. His professional activities have brought him a wide acquaintance and his personal qualities are such as inspire strong and enduring regard.

Bibliographic information:

  • History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1928 : being a study of the first makers of the Constitution and the story of their lives, of their descendents and of all who have come
  • by Burpee, Charles W. (Charles Winslow), b. 1859
  • Publication date 1928
  • Publisher Chicago : S.J. Clarke
  • Contributor University of Connecticut Libraries
  • Possible copyright status Copyright either not claimed or not renewed; item is in the public domain.
  • Pages 1390
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofhartfor03burp/page/985/mode/1up

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Alfred Francis Howes's Timeline

1863
February 26, 1863
Ashfield, Franklin County, MA, United States
1899
January 26, 1899
Vermont, United States
1946
1946
Age 82
1946
Age 82
Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
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