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Delaware County, Iowa


 Biography Directory

Howard L. Rann

Newspaper Publisher, Postmaster

Manchester Twp.



     Howard L. Rann has for many years edited and published The Manchester Press and has also served as postmaster of the city since 1907.  He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, June 7, 1870, a son of Hannibal Lucien and Mary (Leffingwell) Rann, natives of Silver Creek, Chautauqua county, New York, and Westfield, that county, respectively. They came to this county in 1871 and established their home in Manchester, where the father founded The Manchester Press. He was a newspaper man all of his life and was highly respected by his colleagues in the profession. He passed away in the city in 1897, when he had reached the age of seventy-three, as he was born in 1824. His widow survives at the advanced age of eighty-six years and still makes her home in Manchester. Three of their children are living, namely: Edith G., a resident of Chicago; Millie, the wife of R. G. Clark of Webster City, Iowa; and Howard L., of this review.
    The last named attended the public schools of Manchester and later was for three years a student in Cornell College at Mount Vernon. After completing his formal education he entered into partnership with his father in the publication of The Press and upon the latter's death assumed the entire management of the paper, which he still edits. In June, 1907, he was appointed postmaster and still holds this office, the affairs of which he conducts in a systematic manner.
    Mr. Rann was married October 18, 1894, to Miss Gertrude Arnold, a native of this county and a daughter of Hiram and Almina Arnold, the latter of whom is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Rann have been born three children: Amy; Lucien; and Herbert, who died in 1913. Mr. Rann is a republican in his political belief and is a member of the Methodist church. His fraternal relations are with the Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II.

The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 28-29.

               Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.