Biographical Sketch of S. P. Howell
S.P. HOWELL. – The Adams Hotel at Adams, Oregon, is a comfortable home for the traveler, offering commodious apartments and a table supplied not only with the substantials but with the luxuries of the season. Its proprietor is Mr. Howell. After a life of much roving, he has found his final rest in this thriving young city. Born in Michigan in1845, he crossed the plains while just a boy of seven, and was then introduced to the life of a California ranch. At Hamilton on the Feather river, at the Hungarian ranch south of Yuba, and Petaluma, in the Coast Mountains, and at Visalia, he successively followed the stock business with his father, until the death of the latter in 1872.
That sad event threw him upon his own responsibility. Leaving his stock with his sister, he then entered upon a scheme of cattle-driving to Nevada for a Mr. Hildreth. In that state of deserts and silver lodes, he remained four years, at Humboldt and Elko, and in 1880 was attracted northward to Walla Walla. He found employment in the city of poplars for a couple of years, and thence came to Adams, where he engaged permanently in the hotel business. He is one of the leading men in the place. His present settled life and secured fortune is largely due to Miss H.J. Hamilt, whom he married in 1881. Two children have come to bless their home, – William A. and Minnie Pearl.