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Louis K. Howe

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 630 - 631

Louis K. Howe, editor and proprietor of the Sheboygan Herald, is a native of New Hampshire, and was born in Hillsborough County, of that State, June 7, 1850. He is a son of James and Nancy (Witt) Howe, both natives of the old Granite State.

The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in his native State. He was fitted for college at Appleton Academy, New Ipswich, after which he took a course at Dartmouth College. On completing his college course, he was engaged in teaching in the East until 1874, when he came to Wisconsin, settling in Plymouth, Sheboygan County, where he again taught. On the 6th of September, 1879, he established the Plymouth Sun, which he conducted three years. In November of 1882, he moved to Sheboygan and purchased the Sheboygan Herald, the oldest paper in the county, or rather he bought the good-will of its patrons and one font of type, and consolidated the two, naming the new paper The Sun and Herald. After conducting it for two years under that name, he changed it to its present name, The Herald, enlarging it to a seven-column quarto. He has given the paper a boom, raising its circulation from a limited and insignificant list to two thousand, thus giving it the largest circulation of any English paper in the county. The facilities of the Herald office for fine job work are unsurpassed in the county, and a large patronage in that direction has been secured. Electric power is used, and the office affords employment to from ten to fifteen hands.

Mr. Howe has been twice married. First in New Hampshire in 1874 to Miss Mary C. Poole, who died September 9, 1877, leaving one child, a son, Winfred C, who was born December 31, 1876. Again on the 20th of November, 1878, Mr. Howe was married in Plymouth to Miss Elizabeth Eckersley. Mrs. Howe was born in Plymouth, Wis., and is a daughter of James and Amelia Eckersley. Her parents were early settlers in Plymouth and still reside at that place. Mrs. Howe aids her husband in the editorial management of the Herald, and is entitled to a fair share of credit for the marked success enjoyed by that popular journal.

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