James Milton Howse (1866-1951)

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James Milton Howse
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Born: 29 Jul 1866 Omard, Michigan
Died: 3 Sep 1951 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Daniel House
Mother: Catherine Snell
Siblings: Jacob Howse
Mary C. House
Adelbert House
Ida May House
Albert Jeremiah Howse
James Milton Howse
Spouse: Emaline Amanda Hunn
Married: 15 Jul 1893, Vanderbilt, Otsego, Michigan
Children: Raymond Leslie House
James Milton House, Jr.
Spouse: Sarah Ellen Philips
Married: 4 Apr 1905 Gaylord, Michigan
Children: Eisey May Howse
Melvin Earl Howse
Myrtle Sina Howse
Charles Adelbert Howse
Sylvia Pauline Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse


Petoskey Evening News, Tuesday, September 4, 1951, p. 4:

Former Harbor Man Dies Monday

HOWSE, James M., 85, an Emmet county resident for many years before going to Lansing 30 years ago, died Monday at a Petoskey convalescent home where he had been a patient for some time. He had been ill for two years.

Mr. Howse was born in Sanilac Co. July 29, 1866. He was married in 1895 at Gaylord to Miss Sarah Phillips.

Mr. Howse lived in Pellston and then in Harbor Springs where he was employed by the Harbor Springs Lumber Company. He went to Lansing 30 years ago to work as a mechanic.

He is survived by his wife; five sons, Raymond and Melvin of Lansing; James M. of Royal Oak, Delbert of Overpeck, O., and Clifford of Harbor Springs; two daughters, Mrs. Ross Reed of Alanson, and Mrs. Denton Ward of Harbor Springs; 24 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stone Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery at Harbor Springs.


  • Howse, Joanne Marie Heinz- Found on her March 26,2005.paf:

Talking to Albert's daughter, Carrie Howse Robinson, I was told that James stopped by his mother's home, one Saturday afternoon. Seems they had just baked several pies and he took a piece. His mother said, "Jimmy, you know those pies are for the Sabbath!" and he turned heel and did not return for several years!

James was the second husband of Sarah but her true love, so she said. They had several children together, lost their first daughter, Eisey, when she was 11. They also raised his son, by his first wife, Raymond. Sarah and Raymond were very close.

James worked in the lumber camps in Pellston for several years where Sarah often worked as a cook. Their oldest children were born there. When Myrtle was ten years old, which would be in the year of 1914, her family moved to an old farm which stood at the top of the east hill in Harbor Springs, where the stadium parking lot once stood, followed by the city skating rink and currently is the site of the care facility, Bay Bluffs.

Myrtle has told her family that she was glad to be back at the spot where she spent much of her childhood, before the end of her life.

From this location, they moved to a 2 story frame house on Lake Road. Sarah told Joanne that the house was yellow when she bought it. Her children were enthralled with turning on the lights when they finally had electricity put in. She still had the little hand pump over her sink and the outhouse in the backyard. Myrtle told of her father, James, singing them to sleep often and telling them stories. She fondly recalled going to the lumber yard at the foot of the East Hill, in Harbor Springs, to walk home with their father. One day, he led them to the edge of the lake, near the Wequetonsing entrance, and dived in. He proceeded to swim to Harbor Point and back. This to the delight of the children!

James death record, Emmet County Courthouse, says that he was a machine operator, probably in Lansing, but he was a lumberjack for most of the years he was with Sarah. It also states that he died of ateriosclerosis and that he was 85 at his death. I originally found his parents' names on the records of Little Traverse Hospital. They were also listed on the death record.

  • 1870 Federal Census, Flynn twp., Sanilac, Michigan
House, Daniel
, James, 4, male, Michigan
  • 1880 Federal Census, Flynn, Sanilac, Michigan
House, Daniel
, James, male, 13, son, at home, Farmer, Michigan
  • 1st Marriage: Otsego County, Michigan, Marriage Record, p. 18, #32:
Ja's House, 23, white, of Vanderbilt, Michigan
Born: Michigan
Father: Daniel House
Mother: Catherine Snell
Not previously married
Emma Hunn, 17, white, of Vanderbilt, Michigan
Married: 15 Jul 1893, Gaylord, Michigan
By:Dan P. Stofer, JP
Dillie E. Stofer, Gaylord
Tressie E. Clapp, Gaylord
  • 1900 Federal Census, Chandler Twp., Charlevoix, Michigan
House, James M., head, white, male, b. Jul 1866, 33, md 5 years, MI, Can, Can, Tie Maker
Overhalt, Sarah, servant, white, female, b. Dec 1878, 21, wd, 1 child, 1 living, MI, PA, MI
Rush, William M., partner, white, male, b. Feb 1854, 46, single, MI, NY, MI, MI
Overhalt, Anna E., boarder, white, female, b. Apr 1897, 3, single, MI, Canada, MI
  • 2nd Marriage: Otsego County, Michigan, Marriage Record, p. 68, #11:
House, James M., 36, white, of Otsego Co., Michigan
Born: Michigan
Father: Daniel House
Mother: Katherine Snell
One previous marriage
Overhalt, Sarah/Sarah Phillips, 26, white, of Otsego Co., Michigan
Licensed: 3 Apr 1905
Married: 4 Apr 1905, Gaylord Methodist Episcopal Church
By: Henry B. Marsh, Clergyman, Gaylord, Michigan
Roland Marsh, Gaylord, Michigan
Jessie I. Marsh, Gaylord, Michigan
House James, 33, 40, $80, Nunda.
  • 1910 Federal Census, McKinley Twp., Emmet, Michigan, 3 May 1910, 223/223:
House, James M., head, male, white, 43, md twice, md 6 yrs, MI, Can, Can, Laborer, Handle Mill
, Sarah L., wife, female, white, 31, md twice, md 6 yrs, 5 children, 7 living, MI, PA, OH
, Annie E., daughter, female, white, 13, single, MI, MI, MI
, Eysey M., daughter, female, white, 6, single, MI, MI, MI
, Melvin, son, male, white, 3, single, MI, MI, MI
, Myrtle, daughter, female, white, 3, single, MI, MI, MI
, Charles A., son, male, white, 1, single, MI, MI, MI
, Raymond, son, male, white, 14, single, MI, MI, MI
  • 1920 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Little Traverse Twp., Emmet, Michigan:
House, James M., head, male, white, 53, md, MI, Can, Can, Laborer, Wheel Barrow Factory
, Sarah, wife, female, white, 41, md, MI, PA, OH
, Melvin, son, male, white, 13, single, MI, MI, MI
, Myrtle, daughter, female, white, 13, single, MI, MI, MI
, Adelbert, son, male, white, 10, single, MI, MI, MI
, Sylvia, daughter, female, white, 8, single, MI, MI, MI
, Clifford, son, male, white, 4 9/12, single, MI, MI, MI
Cronn, May Belle, Lodger, female, white, 33, md, NY, NY, NY
, Eunice, Lodger, female, white, 13, single, MI, Kansas, NY
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
HOUSE, Clifford Leroy
Date of Death: 9/3/1951
Liber: 5
Folio: 515
Place of Death: Petoskey, MI
  • Death: Emmet Co., Michigan, Death Record, 10-11-51:
House, James M.
born: 29 July 1866 Michigan
Father: Dan House
Mother: Catherine Snell
died: 3 Sep 1951 Petoskey, Michigan
cause: Arteriosclerosis
age: 85 years
occupation: Machine Operator
buried: 5 Sep 1951 Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs, Michigan
undertaker: Quinton J. Stone, Petoskey, Michigan
Doctor: B. B. Blum
informant: Raymond House, Lansing, Michigan
Lakewood Cemetery
Howse, James M.
d. Sep 5, 1951
Sec D
Lot 26