The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, September 21, 1900
Gentleman who Started the Races at the
Fair Suddenly Expires.
          Hiram Howland  died last evening, at 8 o'clock, at his home at Howland Station, after an illness of but twenty-four hours.  Death was due to gall stones in the bladder.  Mr. Howland was taken ill Tuesday evening at the fair grounds and it was necessary for him to be taken home.  He grew weaker until death relieved him of his suffering.
          Mr. Howland was one of the prominent men of Marion county and a son of  Charles Howland.  He was forty-six years of age and was born at Howland Station, where he lived throughout his life.  For eight years he was a member of the State Board of Agriculture and was at the time of his death general superintendent of the State fair grounds.  He was also prominent in club life, being a member of the Columbia Club, Masons, Elks and K. of P.  He was an aide on the Gevernor's staff, with the rank of major.  He leaves a widow and five children.
          The above item is from the Indianapolis Journal of Thursday morning.  Mr. Howland was known by many people of this city and county and his face was familiar to thousands.  Several times he acted as the starter of the races at the county fair and he officiated in that capacity only two weeks ago.  He was kind and congenial, appreciative and always willing and ready to do a friend a good turn.  His death will be deeply regretted in this county, especially among the officials of the fair association and with those who came in close contact with him.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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