Barrois Augustus Howard. In the comparatively brief space
of fifteen years three successive generations of the Howard family
have been identified with Western Oklahoma. Barrois Augustus Howard,
who is of the third and youngest generation, is a very talented and
capable young educator, and is now principal of the Moorewood public
schools in Dewey County.
Mordecai S. Howard, who was born at Orange Court House, Virginia, in
1833, moved to Columbus, Mississippi, in 1834, and is also well
remembered in Beckham County, Oklahoma, since he moved to the
locality of Erick as a farmer and stock man in 1901, and resided
there until his death in 1903. Grandfather Howard made a record as a
soldier in the Confederate army for four years, and was a member of
General Forrest’s gallant cavalry. He was once wounded. He married in
New York State, and his wife was of French descent.
generation of the family is represented by M. A. Howard, now living
at Erick. He was born in Mississippi in 1859, moved from that state
into Tennessee, later to Alabama, spending twelve years altogether in
Tennessee and Alabama, and in 1901 he came to Beckham County,
Oklahoma, as a pioneer and acquired a homestead of 160 acres
southwest of Erick. He still owns that farm, though his home is now
in the Village of Erick. In addition to farming and stock raising he
spent four years as owner and operator of two cotton gins and a
threshing machine outfit. He is a member of the Baptist Church and
was a member of the Masonic fraternity. M. A. Howard was married in
Alabama to Miss Nannie Hancock, a native of that state. Their
children are: Professor B. A.; Frank, a farmer and stock raiser at
Erick; Luther, in the same business at Erick; Woody, also a farmer
and stock man at Erick; Annie Maud and Jessie May, who are in the
high school at Erick; Corinne, in the seventh grade of the public
schools; Lucile in the fifth grade; and Walker, in the second grade.
Howard was thirteen years of age when he came to Oklahoma and lived
on the old homestead near Erick until he was twenty-two. In the
meantime he had profited by attendance at the common schools, also
the State Normal School at Edmond and the Southwestern State Normal
at Weatherford. In 1910 he began teaching, spending the winters at
that vocation, while the summers and falls he was engaged in managing
his father’s threshing machine and cotton gin. This was his line of
work until 1914. In 1913 he became principal of schools at Moorewood.
He now has 100 scholars under his supervision, and the school is
conducted in a modern school building, with excellent equipment, and
under his direction it is taking high rank among the public schools
of Custer County. His home has been in Moorewood since August, 1913.
Mr. Howard is a
democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. In May, 1913, at Erick
he married Miss Augusta Blair. Her father, D. S. Blair, lives on a
farm southeast of Texola. Mr. and Mrs. Howard have two children,
Barrois Augustus, Jr., and Jean Stephen.