14 May 2011

The Disgrace Of Alfred Digby Howard

These newspaper items reveal a disgraceful event in the life of Alfred Digby Howard and also his death.  He was my 1st cousin, 4 X removed (our mutual ancestors are William & Mary Howard):

 From the Springfield [MA] Republican published December 16, 1883:


Alfred D. Howard has been arrested at Denver, Colorado.  He was staying with his wife and child under the name B. H. Stewart for a heavy embezzlement at Winnipeg, Man.  The officers found $15,000 secreted in the wife's bustle.

Published the day before (Dec. 15, 1883 [Springfield Republican]:

Denver, Col., Dec. 15--Alfred B.(sic) Howard, who recently absconded from Winnipeg, Man., with $15,000 belonging to Messrs. Wood & Wells of Milbank, Ontario was arrested here yesterday.  The entire amount of money was recovered.  He was stopping with his wife and child at one of the principal hotels under the name of Stewart.

Also in the Springfield Republican (on December 19th):

From the New York Times:


CHICAGO, Dec. 15.--Alfred Digby Howard is the junior member of the firm of Kirchoffer Brandon, solicitors, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and until about a week ago bore an unblemished reputation.  [Note:  Alfred's sister, Clara, was the wife of John Nesbitt Kirchoffer, a Canadian Senator from Manitoba.  Another sister, Jane, was mentioned here]

 In 1900 Alfred D. Howard, now a journalist, was living in Manhattan, New York, on W. 88th Street:

United States Census, 1900
  Household    Gender    Age
   Alfred D Howard    M  
spouse    Caroline S Howard    F  
child    Clare Howard    F    

The family officially immigrated from Canada to the United States in 1886, 3 years after being caught red-handed with the embezzled money.

According to the Jersey Journal, published June 21, 1912, a judge ordered the body of  "A.D. Howard" late editor of The Englewood Star and the Leonia Star, to be exhumed.  It was feared that he was murdered and that his house was set afire to mask the crime.  Was this Alfred Digby Howard?  Most likely.

From the New York Times (Date?):
A.D. HOWARD KILLED.; Editor Dies Alone in His Burning House at Leonia, N.J.

The body of Alfred D. Howard, editor of The Englewood Star and The Leonia Star, was found yesterday in the ruins of a house he had recently taken in Broad Avenue, Leonia. Mr. Howard had gone there late on Sunday night to open it in preparation for his wife, who is an invalid and has been living in Brooklyn.
A June 18th  article in the NY Times mentioned that (the late) Alfred Howard was formerly an editor in New York.  In the 1900 census, Alfred D. Howard was a journalist living in New York. 

Alfred D. & Caroline (Turner) Howard's only child, Clare, never married, so there are no living descendants.

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