Biography of Dumont D. Howell, M. D.

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For sixteen years Dr. Dumont D. Howell was numbered among the capable, prominent and successful physicians of Nowata, where he passed away on the 6th of December, 1919. He was born in Murphy, North Carolina, January 14,1874, and was a son of D. M. and Margaret (Sudderth) Howell. The Howell family was long connected with the history of North Carolina and of Georgia and the Sudderths were also of an old family of the former state.

In the acquirement of his education Dumont D. Howell supplemented his public school course by study at the Young Harris College of Georgia and afterward entered the University of Nashville as a medical student, completing his course in 1903, at which time the M. D. degree was conferred upon him. Later he pursued further study in the Chicago Postgraduate Medical School and throughout his professional career he kept in touch with the trend of medical research and investigation through his wide reading and study.

Having completed his course he at once located in Nowata and it was not long before he had built up an extensive practice of an important character. He served for some time as a member of the board of health of the, city and his ability brought him prominently to the front in professional relations. In his later years he also became identified with the development of oil lands in the vicinity of Nowata.

In 1905 Dr. Howell was united m marriage to Miss Lucile G. Harris of Nowata, and they became parents of five children : Sue Catherine, Alfred Dumont, Lucile Genevieve, Margaret Imogene and Charles Harris. The last mentioned bears the name of his uncle, Charles Harris, who is a veteran of the World war, serving with the Ambulance Corps. He now resides in Coffeyviile, Kansas.

Dr. Howell was a Republican in his political views and fraternally he was connected with the Masons and with the Elks. He was also identified with several professional societies, belonging to the Nowata County Medical Society, the Oklahoma State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Death terminated a career of great usefulness when Dr. Howell passed away, December 6, 1919. He was a comparatively young man, scarcely in the prime of life, and he had made his service of great benefit to his fellowmen, while the sterling traits of his character had endeared him to all with whom he came into contact. Mrs. Howell and her family of children now reside with her uncle, Alfred M. Gott, one of the honored pioneers of Oklahoma, by whom she was reared and whose stories of the early days are of continued interest to her children, as his experiences were many, connecting him with every phase of civil and Indian warfare and of pioneer life, on the western plains.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 17th, 2012

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