Bertham & Margaret Howard family

I am doing research on the Swensen and Howard family from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have traced both sides of the family back seven + generations, back to the 1700s. The Swensens were and still are in South East South Dakota,Turner,Clay and Yankton counties; the Howards were from Northwestern Iowa, Sioux and Plymouth counties.

Research has been slow going but I am making progress slowly but surely. Anyone who is related or may have or need information can contact me, Cory Swensen.


Bertram De Lancy Howard (Bert) was born November 23, 1894, a rural Ireton, Iowa, son of John W. and Ida A. (Cook) Howard. He had one sister, Grace, and three brothers, Chandos, Clayton, and Lester. They all attended a county school in district 9 in Sioux County.

In 1918 he married Johanna Margaret Kamp. After their marriage he entered World War I, was stationed in France. He returned home in 1920, rented a farm in Westfield township four miles southeast of Akron. He farmed for 27 years. He bought an acreage in 1947 in the southwest part of Akron. He worked for Avery Small and Earl Westadt running a corn sheller. In 1952 they moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he was employed at Central West Cold Storage, as an engineer.

August 11, 1957, his wife, Johanna Margaret (Kamp) Howard passed away. Bert returned to Akron to his acreage in 1959. He was farming his acreage at the time of his death on July 29, 1978.  He was a member of Hoshler American Legion post 186 at Akron.

~Source: Our Life 1882-1982 Akron, Iowa Page273


Johanna Margaret Kamp - Confirmation picture...Akron, Iowa

Johanna - before their marriage


Bertham Howard, US Army WWI


Bertham Howard, US Army WWI



Children of Bertram & Margaret Howard:

Ida Maye Howard; Married Alred Heitman
Clayton D. Howard; Married Eunice Finzen
Vernon L. Howard; Married Myrna Dirks
Lora J. Howard; Married Donald L. Dale
John F. "Freeman" Howard; Married Mary Jean Knecht

Bertham Howard and his children

Left to right: Bertham Howard,Vernon, Clayton, Lora, John Freeman

Bertham Howard, Age 75 in 1958

Bertram D. Howard
b. 23 Nov 1894
d. 29 Jul 1978

His Obituary


Margaret Kamp Howard
d. 11 Aug 1957

Her Obituary



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