Howe, Winslow brought businesses to Carrollton

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

Doing the research for the “Images of America” book was a lot of fun, but unfortunately the format didn’t allow me to put in much information about any one person or event.

Case in point: Beverly Winslow Howe, whose image appears on Page 56. Howe was a member of a very prominent and influential family that was involved in many businesses in Carrollton. He was born in this city Nov. 18, 1885, to William F. and Louisiana (a.k.a. Louise) Winslow Howe.

His grandfather, John Howe, an Irish immigrant, founded the Howe Brothers Dry Goods Store, which later became Howe Brothers Department Store. It was a mainstay in downtown Carrollton for nearly a century. Though it was renovated after the flood of 1937, a fire later that same year forced it to close.

William F. Howe, who also was born in Ireland, operated Carrollton Woolen Mills and was manager of the Carrollton Pants Factory, a related operation established in 1891, according to a Nov. 14, 1891, Carrollton Democrat article posted on NorthernKyViews.com. The woolen mill was located at the corner of Main and Sixth streets – the former Coca-Cola bottling plant and now an apartment building for senior citizens.

According to his obituary, published on Page 1 in the May 8, 1941, News-Democrat, Beverly Howe graduated from Carrollton High School in 1902 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1906. He then went to Nashville, where he taught for two years at a boys preparatory school. In 1907, he enrolled in the Vanderbilt Law School, also in Nashville, and graduated in 1908. That year, he was admitted to the bar in New Castle, Ky., and came back to Carrollton to work for his uncles, attorneys H.M. and G.B. Winslow.

H.M. Winslow was involved in helping to establish the Carrollton Furniture Factory and served as president of Carrollton National Bank, which was founded by the Howe and Winslow families.

Beverly’s brother, John Howe Jr., born Nov. 5, 1879, also was an attorney and was working in the Winslow firm at the time his younger brother signed on. John Jr. later became Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 15th Judicial District, according to his World War I draft registration card, signed in September 1918. John Howe Jr. died in Covington, Ky., in 1939. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Beverly didn’t stay in Carrollton for long, leaving within a year or two to attend the University of Michigan Law School. Upon graduation there, he went into practice in Chicago, Ill.

He was an attorney for the Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad from 1910-18, and was a partner in the firm of Mills & Howe from 1917-32, when he entered private practice. He began lecturing in 1933.

He was an avid student of Abraham Lincoln. In Chicago, he was a member of the Lincoln Group and the Abraham Lincoln Association. He also was a director of the Lincoln Memorial University, charted Feb. 12, 1897, in Harrogate, Tenn. In 1939, the university awarded him the Diploma of Honor.

Beverly Howe wrote three pieces about the 16th U.S. president, which were presented as addresses during meetings of the Lincoln Group of Chicago and later published: “Abraham Lincoln in Great Britain,” “Two Hours and Two Minutes, Or Lincoln and Everett at Gettysburg,” and “He Freed the Slaves.” 

On July 12, 1916, Howe married Ruth Joyce Goessele in Chicago. She was the daughter of John H., a printer, and Isabelle (Hall) Goessele. Beverly and Ruth had two daughters, Louise Winslow Howe, who married Lloyd Norton Cutler Jr., and Isabelle Hall Howe. I haven’t found any information yet that shows if Isabelle married. In the 1940 census, both Isabelle, 22, and Louise, 21, were still single and living at home with their parents in Chicago.

Beverly Howe was 55 years old when he died. His local obituary states “he had suffered several severe heart attacks over the past years,” and though ordered by his physician to slow down, “his dynamic character and boundless energy made it very difficult for him to abide by this prescription.”

Though I haven’t confirmed this, it appears that Ruth Goessele Howe never remarried and died in 1979 in Evanston, Ill.


Phyllis McLaughlin is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and author of “Images of America: Carroll County.” Have a question or a brick wall? Call her at (502) 514-3715 or send an e-mail to twistedrootsgenealogy@gmail.com. Your inquiry may be included in a future column.