Vera Ann (Howard) Davis gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. March 22, 1891 in Grant Township, Lake County, IL
D. February 16, 1923 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Orlando A. Howard born March 9, 1863 in Yorktown, York County, PA son of Wesley A. Howard (1838-1913) and Sarah A. (Dennison) Howard (1840-1912); married Nellie Elizabeth Rogers on October 3, 1885 in Lake County, IL; Orlando died September 29, 1935 in Grant Township, Lake County, IL; buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL

According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, October 10, 1935, page 1:

   “Orlando A. Howard, 72 years old, a farmer living near Round Lake, was killed Sunday morning of last week, when his automobile crashed into a Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroad train.  The accident occurred at a crossing east of Round Lake.”

According to the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison WI) Monday, February 2, 1976, page 7:

Ames, Mrs. Elizabeth M.

BROADHEAD – Mrs. Elizabeth M. Ames, age 61, of Brodhead, died on Saturday, January 31, 1976, at a Amdison (sic) hospital, after an extended illness.  She was born in Round Lake, Illinois, September 3, 1914, the daughter of Charles Joseph and Vera (Howard) Davis.  She was employed at Sentry Foods in Brodhead for the past 19 years.  Mrs. Ames was a member of the Brodhead United Methoidst (sic) Church.  She is survived by her husband, Robert; her sister, Elinor (Mrs. Sherwood) Deppen of Rockford; her children Leaman, Chicago, Mrs. Clifford (Vera) Anderson of Baraboo, Robert, Rapid City, South Dakota, Mrs. Alan (Barbara) Bunner, Madison her step-mother, Mrs. Minnie Davis of Round Lake; and six grandchildren.  Funeral services will beheld at the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Brodhead, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3.  The Rev. Amos Shimko officiating.  THE NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 503 W. Beloit St., Orfordville, is in charge of the arrangements.  There will be no visitation.  The family suggest that flowers be omitted.”

2. Elinor Linnie (Davis) Deppen born September 15, 1916 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; married Sherwood Jerome Deppen (1917-1988) on September 22, 1940 in Rockford, Winnebago County, IL; Elinor died October 17, 1987 in Rockford, Winnebago County, IL; Elinor and Sherwood are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago County, IL

  • Siblings:
    • Henry Herbert “Herbert” Howard born October 21, 1886 in Volo, Lake County, IL; Sergeant served as Veteran of World War I, 527 SVC BN Engr Corps serving in France; married Ruth Burchans; Henry died May 19, 1961; buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Danville, Vermilion County, IL
    • Bessie (Howard) Molidor born August 18, 1892 in Illinois; married William F. Molidor (1886-1979); Bessie died January 1985; Bessie and William are buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Round Lake, Lake County, IL
    • Sarah B. (Howard) Rippberger born March 20, 1902 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; married Raymond Carroll Rippberger (1900-1960) on July 14, 1923 in Cook County, IL; Sarah died June 2, 1979 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Sarah and Raymond are buried in Grant Cemetery, Ingleside, Lake County, IL

Additional Information:

According to the 1900 U.S. Census for City of Waukegan, Waukegan Township, Lake County, IL with an address of 160 Park Av, the household members were:

“O. A. Howard, head, born March 1863, age 37, married for 15 years, born in New York, father born (unknown), mother born in Pennsylvania, occupation: day laborer; Nellie Howard, wife, born August 1864, age 35, married 15 years, 3 children born, 3 children living, born in Illinois, father born in Connecticut, mother born in New York; Herbert Howard, son, born October 1886, age 13, single, born in Illinois; Vera Howard, daughter, born March 1890, age 10, single, born in Illinois; Bessie Howard, daughter, born August 1893, age 6, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for the Village of Round Lake, Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“Joseph Davis, head, age 30, married, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois, occupation: carpenter – house; Vera Davis, wife, age 29, married, born in Illinois, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Illinois; Elizabeth Davis, daughter, age 5, single, born in Illinois; Eleanor Davis, daughter, age 3 4/12, single, born in Illinois”

According to the Libertyville Independent (Libertyville IL) Thursday, February 22, 1923, page 1:


   Mrs. Joseph Davis, 35 years old, died at midnight Friday, after an illness of two weeks, pneumonia being the cause.
   Mrs. Davis leaves besides her husband, two children, Elizabeth, 8, and Elnora, 6 one brother, Herbard Howard of Danville, two sisters, Mrs. William Molifore, of Round Lake, Miss Sarah Howard and her father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Howard, of Round Lake, and Mrs. Charles A. Raught, 291 West street, Waukegan.”

According to the History of Vermilion County, Illinois, Volume 2, 1930, regarding to Herbert Howard, brother of Vera (Howard) Davis:

   “O.A. Howard, retired, is a native of Pennsylvania.  He was reared and educated there and followed general farming and stock raising until 1914, at which time he came to Illinois and settled at Round Lake.  He is now a resident of that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Howard have the following children: H. H., the subject of this sketch; Vera, who died in 1923, was the wife of Joseph Davis, lives at Round Lake, Illinois; Bessie, married William Molidor, farmer, lives at Round Lake, Illinois; and Sarah, married Raymond Ripberger, lives at Round Lake, Illinois.”