Rev. Elmer Phillip Howery

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Rev. Elmer Phillip Howery

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Saunders Co, Nebraska
Death: November 27, 1922 (40)
Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska, United States
Place of Burial: Ridge Cemetery, Fremont, Dodge Co, Nebraska
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Hamilton Howery and Embrosina Howery
Husband of Elizabeth Sophrona "Bertha" Long
Father of Margaret Evelyn Belknap; Dudley Hamilton Howery, Sr; Mary Howery; Kenneth Elmer Howery; Wilma Syphronia Hardy and 3 others
Brother of Eldora F. "Dode" Wright; Jay James Howery; Albert Frank Howery; Alva Ernest Howery; Wallace Howery and 3 others

Occupation: Methodist Circuit Rider, Farmer
Managed by: Justin Swanstrom (taking a break)
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About Rev. Elmer Phillip Howery

He was a farmer and a Methodist minister (circuit rider). He was apparently raised in the Church of the Brethren, a church similar to the Mennonites. His daughter-in-law Evelyn (Horn) Howery thought the Howerys were Amish because of their strict observance. As an adult he became a Methodist like his mother's brothers.

Following his marriage, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Their daughter Margaret was born there in 1906. He bought 40 acres in Gregory County from the federal government on 16 April 1907 (Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 21, Township 96 North, Range 69 West).

The family moved to Colorado before 1910. He was enumerated on the census in March 1910 as a farmer at Monte Vista in Rio Grande County. He does not appear in the 1911 F.A. McKinney's directory of Alamosa, Conejos County and Saguache County.

He was a Methodist circuit rider. He seems to have become a minister before 1910. He was named as a minister on the birth certificate of his son Dudley in December 1910, and called "Rev." in the 1914 Directory of Moffat, Colorado. He does not appear in the 1910-1912 Methodist Conference Minutes of Colorado or the 1921-1922 Methodist Conference Minutes of Nebraska. Circuit riders were not recorded in conference minutes. He does not seem to have been mentioned in the old records of the church at Moffat, Colorado where he lived in 1913. That church was built in 1911 as a Northern Baptist Church sponsored by the Baptist Home Mission Society. The Methodists also served that church for a while.

In August 1912 the family was living at Alamosa, when daughter Mary was born. In 1913-1914 they were living at Moffat in Sagauche County, Colorado (City Directory).

By 1920, the family was back in Nebraska. The census shows Elmer as a gas salesman for Manhattan Co. Curiously, he gave his father's place of birth as Ireland and his mother's as Germany. On the same census, his brothers Alva and Howard correctly gave their parents' birthplaces as Wisconsin. His brother Albert said their father was born in Illinois and their mother in Wisconsin.

The family returned to Colorado, and lived briefly in Boulder. In 1921 they were living in Montrose, Colorado, when son Lawrence was born. Ridge Durand had a school group picture that included Elmer's son Dudley Howery, taken at Montrose in 1921.

In March 1922 the family moved back to Nebraska, living first at Humphrey, the moving to Fremont in April 1922. They lived at 150 W. Washington Street in Fremont. His son Warren said that "he worked for the railroad but not much. He just kept the switch engines steam up at night so it would be ready in the morning."

He was killed in Fremont in November 1922 when his clothes caught in the fly wheel of a tractor. There is no probate for his estate in Dodge County.


E. P. Howery Victim of Terrible Death While at His Work

Clothes Catch in Flywheel of Running Motor on Tractor

Elmer P. Howery, 41, 150 West Washington street, was killed at 9:30 this morning when his clothes caught in the flywheel of a small tractor in the rear of the Hardenbrook grocery, at the corner of Fourth and L streets. His brother, Howard, sitting on the seat of the machine, not three feet from the victim, witnessed the terrible accident.

The two brothers had been sawing wood at the store for Roy Hardenbrook. At the time of the accident they had finished the work and were starting to pull the outfit away. He was pulled by the tractor, which was owned by the victim and another brother, A. F. Howery, 420 West Jackson street.

Oiling Machinery

Elmer Howery was oiling the machinery preparatory to moving. He was working on the right side, reaching over a spinning flywheel to squirt oil on a bearing directly back of it. The motor was running. As he was pouring the oil, a part of his clothing caught on the hub of the flywheel. "The whirling machinery lifted him from his feet and started to swing him around. Directly in the rear of the flywheel was the big driver, standing about five feet high from the ground. It is believe that, as the relentless machinery hurled him around, his head struck the iron drive wheel, instantly crushing out his life.

It is doubtful if the injured man knew what had happened. It all took place in the space of a few seconds, and it was but a moment from the time his clothes caught in the whirling machinery until he was killed. His brother, the only eye witness, and those within hearing distance, said that he uttered no sound, everything happening with such speed that the doomed man met his death before he had time to realize his danger.

Stops Motor

When he saw his brother hurled around on the flywheel, Howard stopped the motor. As the wheels came to a halt the lifeless body of the man fell to the ground, horribly cut and emaciated by the force with which he had been swung around the wheel. "Howard immediately climbed from the seat of the tractor and called for help. Several people who were nearby ran to the scene but before any arrived it could be seen that all signs of life had fled from the fatal blow.

Bader's ambulance was called and the body was taken to the undertaking parlors. Medical attention was not necessary, as it was impossible that any life could be left in the body after being so terribly tossed around on the moving wheel.

Portions of the sheepskin coat and overalls which he wore were still wrapped around the hub, mute evidence of the cause of the sudden fatality.

The sad fate which decreed the sudden death of Elmer P. Howery robbed a family consisting of a husband and father. The family had moved to this city last April from Humphrey and Mr. Howery had been providing maintenance for them by running the sawmill with his brother during the past few weeks.

He was born in Saunders Co. on March 24, 1882, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Howery. His father passed away in 1918. The Howery family has lived in this vicinity for many years and is well known, and during its residence in Fremont has gained many friends.

"Surviving are his wife, five children, Margaret, 15; Dudley, 11; Kenneth, 6; William [Wilma], 4; and Lawrence, 2, his mother, Mrs. Charles H. Howery, five brothers, three of whom, Howard, A. F. and Jay live in Fremont, and two sisters.

Funeral announcements will be made later.


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Rev. Elmer Phillip Howery's Timeline

March 24, 1882
Saunders Co, Nebraska
May 4, 1906
Age 24
Bonesteel, Gregory, SD, United States
December 4, 1910
Age 28
Monte Vista, Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States
August 19, 1912
Age 30
Alamosa, Alamosa, CO, United States
August 8, 1916
Age 34
Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska, United States
May 23, 1918
Age 36
Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska, United States
January 8, 1921
Age 38
Nebraska, United States
April 17, 1921
Age 39
Humphrey, Platte, NE, United States
November 27, 1922
Age 40
Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska, United States