Clifford Leroy Howse (1915-1957)

Clifford LeRoy Howse
Cliff Howse
Born:19 Mar 1915 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Died:22 Aug 1957 Petoskey, Michigan
Father:James Milton Howse
Mother:Sarah Ellen Phillips
SiblingsRaymond Leslie House
Annie Overholt
Eisey May Howse
Melvin Earl Howse
Myrtle Sena House
Charles Adelbert Howse
Sylvia Pauline Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse    
Married:21 Dec 1935 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Spouse:Gertrude Caroline Catob
Children:Gertrude Joanne Howse
Karlene Joyce Howse
Arnold Leroy Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse, or Cliff as he was called by most, was a much loved last child of Sarah Ellen Phillips and James Milton Howse. He was born, raised and lived all of his life in Harbor Springs. He had two toys which he said were the only store-bought toys he had ever owned. Nevertheless, he and his siblings found many fun things to do and play with. Mel, Jr., who spent a summer living with Sarah's family, said that Cliff taught him to swim. Took him out on a raft or dock and pushed him off!  A good natured boy, he seemed to be able to get away with most anything and still remain adored.

Joanne H. Howse remembers his mother often speaking of him in glowing terms. He was her baby, after all.

After marrying his high-school sweetheart, Gertrude Caroline Catob, Cliff and Gert had 3 children, Joanne, Karlene and Arnold. The couple has been often described as being very close, loving each other more than most anyone, each adoring the other. Karl Catob, Jr. said that he loved to be in their home as there was so much love and so little contention there.

Hard working, Cliff had several jobs and was said to never let any time pass without one. He worked in Renolda Greenhouse, one summer, with Leslie Heinz who said he was a hard worker. After marriage he worked for the tannery on the Harbor-Petoskey Road for several years. His son, Arnold, recalls taking a bus to the tannery and playing baseball with his Dad and others during their lunch break and then riding home with Cliff.

When the tannery closed, Cliff had a temporary job working at the Bar Harbor. This was followed by several years of working at the Perm Alum factory in Harbor Springs  He was eventually made the foreman, there. Hiring and firing people was part of his job but he said that firing was very hard for him. One case that made him feel especially bad was when he had to turn down a black fellow who had applied to work there. This because it was the company policy!
Having been raised in northern Michigan, Cliff was an avid hunter and fisherman. He shot much wild game and caught many fish. The family food storage was greatly enlarged by canned venison and Gertrude still had some jars when Arnold and Joanne were struggling to complete his college education. These were often shared with them to enlarge their food supply, at that time.

The family had many picnics and other outings. Cliff always loved being with his family. When still a young man, he had what seemed to be a terrible case of the flu. Was very sick and even passed out. After visiting the local doctor, he was told that it was the flu bug that was going around. After waiting it out for a time, he saw another doctor and found that he had colon cancer which had spread throughout his body. After much hospitalization and treatments, he finally succumbed at the age of 42. His wife and children felt the loss of his presence greatly but his posterity will always remember him and his physical and personal characteristics will continue to show up in many of them.


The Graphic, Harbor Springs, Michigan, week of 26 Aug 1957:

Life-long resident buried Saturday

Clifford Howse, 42, died Thursday, August 22 at Lockwood General Hospital after a long illness.

Born March 10th, 1915, he was a life-long resident of Harbor Springs. For the past five years he was an employee of PermAlum Industries of this city.

Survivors are his wife, Gertrude; two daughters, Mrs. Gary Swiss and Karlene, and a son Arnold; two sisters Mrs. Denton Ward of Harbor Springs and Mrs. Ross Reed of Alanson; and three brothers, Melvin of Lansing, Delbert of Overpeck, Ohio, and Raymond of Lansing; and one granddaughter, Monica Sue Swiss.

Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in charge of the Rev. Ronald E. Felty. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery.


*Birth: Emmet Co., MI, Birth Record:
           HOUSE, Clifford Leroy
           Born: 19 MAR 1915, male, legit., white
           Born: Harbor Springs
           Parents reside in Harbor Springs
           Mother: Sarah PHILLIPS,  b. MI
           Father: James M. HOUSE, Teamster, b. MI

*1920 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Little Traverse Twp., Emmet, Michigan:
                House, James M., head
                          , Clifford, son, male, white, 4 9/12, single, MI, MI, MI

*Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
                  HOWSE, Clifford & CATOB, Gertrude
                  Date: 12/21/1935
                  Liber: 5
                  Folio: 67

*Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
              HOWSE, Clifford Leroy
              Date of Death: 8/22 /1957
              Liber: 1957
              Folio: 157
              Place of Death: Petoskey, MI

*Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
             Howse, Clifford Leroy
             d. Aug 22, 1957
             Sec B

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