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Wendell Vincent Crowell Howes

Male 1885 - 1979  (94 years)


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  • Name Wendell Vincent Crowell Howes  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth Abt 1884  Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Birth Abt 1884  Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Birth Abt 1885  Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Birth Mar 1885  Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Born 28 Mar 1885  West Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 11, 12
    • birth was registered in Brockton
    Gender Male 
    Birth 28 Mar 1885  [4, 13
    Birth 28 Mar 1885  Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Occupation 1 Jun 1900  [10
    At school 
    Residence 1 Jun 1900 
    Residence 1 Jun 1900  Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Wendell is being brought up by his maternal grandparents, his parents having died years before
    Occupation 2 Apr 1906  [8
    Telephone Inspector 
    Residence 2 Apr 1906  Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 15 Apr 1910  [9
    Commercial Traveller, Watches 
    Residence 15 Apr 1910  90 Kenwood Street, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • lodger
      although Wendell describes himself as single, there is no doubt that he had married before
    Occupation Between 3 Apr 1912 and 12 Jun 1929  [3
    Salesman 
    • Expelled by Grand Lodge in 1929
    Occupation 12 Sep 1918  [4
    Clerk 
    • worked for Elmer E Bushee - father in law?
    Residence 12 Sep 1918  18 Mayflower Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 1 Jan 1920  [5
    Repairman, Automobile 
    Residence 1 Jan 1920  73 Benevolent Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 14 Apr 1925  114 Eleventh Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1 Jun 1935  [14
    Commercial Traveller, Auto Products 
    Residence 1 Jun 1935  24 Sarah Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Income 1939  [7
    $1,500 
    Occupation 1 Apr 1940  [7
    Parts Salesman, Automotive 
    Residence 1 Apr 1940  24 Sarah Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Physical Description 27 Apr 1942  [2
    Ht: 6'1"; wt: 192lb; hazel eyes; brown hair 
    Occupation 27 Apr 1942  [2
    self-employed 
    Residence 27 Apr 1942  24 Sarah Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Sep 1979  North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Death 1980  [1
    • age 94
    Name Wendell B C Howes  [14
    Name Wendell C Howes  [6, 9
    Name Wendell Howes  [11, 13
    Name Wendell P C Howes  [10
    Name Wendell V C Howes  [5, 7, 8, 15
    Name Wendell V Howes  [12, 16
    Social Security Number 035-24-3355  [13
    Notes 
    • Our thanks are due to Rob Howes who gave us the followingl information about his great-grandfather and the founding of HowesLube.

      Our original product was invented in 1920 by my great grandfather, Wendell Vincent Crowell Howes. He produced the product and distributed it in the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut area right up until the time of his death in 1980 at the age of 94. It was sold primarily to car dealerships and he often used to deliver it himself, apparently with his younger girlfriend driving him.

      The active business ceased when my great grandfather died. My grandfather was never involved or interested in this business, but upon Wendell's death, my father inherited the formulas. He had worked with my grandfather and then on his own in promotional advertising in New York city. He began producing Howes Lubricator products while I was still in the 82 Airborne on Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. I even moonlighted a bit and sold it to some dealerships in the Fayetteville area.

      After I got out of the army, I moved to Rhode Island and we went through a period doing business the same as Wendell. My father then determined that the trucking industry had a lot of potential and we began selling in that arena. That has worked out extremely well for us over the long haul (no pun intended) and we are now the number one selling brand of diesel additive in the US and Canada. Visit just about any truck-stop in the country and you will find our products.

      Great Grandpa would be pretty amazed at how far his invention has gone since he started fooling around with it in 1920. This has always been a family operation, with my wife still active and now my son and daughter are both involved with the company. Hopefully Howes Lubricator Products will be around for generations to come.
    Person ID I31975  ONS
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2019 

    Father Ezra F Howes,   b. 2 Dec 1854, Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1892, West Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Jessica Alma Crowell,   b. 9 Jan 1860, Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1888, West Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1884  West Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Family ID F10191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anna E Dunn,   b. Abt 1881, Brooklyn, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Apr 1906  Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F49847  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Florence M Bushee,   b. 12 Mar 1893, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Jun 1913  Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Children 
     1. Wendell Elsworth Howes,   b. 20 Mar 1914, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1924  (Age 9 years)
    +2. Robert Bushee Howes,   b. 3 Jan 1916, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 2002, Fort Myers, Lee, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F10190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1884 - Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1884 - Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1885 - Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Mar 1885 - Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Mar 1885 - West Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 Mar 1885 - Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Jun 1900 - Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2 Apr 1906 - Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Apr 1906 - Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jun 1913 - Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S579] Rob Howes.

    2. [S158] WW2 draft registration card.

    3. [S1501] Masonic Membership Card, (www.ancestry.com).

    4. [S159] WW1 draft registration card.

    5. [S140] 1920 census - US.

    6. [S1884] 1925 census - Rhode Island.

    7. [S955] 1940 census - US.

    8. [S1319] Massachusetts Marriages, (ancestry.com or familysearch.org).

    9. [S160] 1910 census - US.

    10. [S183] 1900 census - US.

    11. [S1440] Massachusetts Births, www.ancestry.com.

    12. [S1608] Massachusetts Town Records, www.ancestry.com.

    13. [S347] US Social Security Death Index.

    14. [S1675] 1935 census - Rhode Island.

    15. [S1886] Rhode Island marriages.

    16. [S1905] Social security record - son.

    17. [S406] Howes Genealogy - used with the permission of the Dennis Historical Society, Joshua Crowell Howes, revised by Col. Bob Howes, (1892, revised in 2006).