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From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 433-434

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Howland. Mr. Glen Howland, for twenty years an active business man of Reedsburg, was born to Frank E. and Estella (Stewart) Howland, in Reedsburg, Dec. 16, 1881; Reedsburg has always been his home. His paternal grandfather, Thomas H. Howland, was born in 1832, a native of New York, and died in 1904; his wife, whom he wedded in New York, was Lydia George, a native of Morris, N.Y., born in 1834, and died in 1921. Their son, Frank E. Howland, was born in Deposit, N.Y., Sept. 13, 1857, and came to Wisconsin in 1869, with his parents, settling near Casenovia, where he grew to manhood. He married Estella Stewart of Loganville, and located in Reedsburg, where Mrs. Estella Howland now resides. They had two children, Donald and Glen.

Estella Stewart was born June 13, 1862, in Rock Hill, Ohio, daughter of John and Sarah Ann (Dorneck) Stewart. Her father was born at Jersey Shore, Pa., May 30, 1818, and her mother, at Rising Sun, Maryland. During the Civil war John Stewart served in the Union Army, for a time as 1st Lieutenant to which rank he was raised July 13, 1864, and held until the close of hostilities. Before the war the family located in Ohio, and in 1867, came to Sauk County, settling at Loganville, where Estella grew to maturity. John Stewart died March 29, 1913; his wife, August. 18, 1901.

Our subject grew to manhood in Reedsburg, graduated from the Reedsburg High School class of 1899, and later attending the La Cross Business College, after which he returned to Reedsburg, and was connected with the Howland Lumber Company until 1909, when he became a senior partner in the Oehlers and Howland Furniture Store.

On May 16, 1906, he was united in marriage to Lila May Van Akin, representative of early Dutch Colonial families of New York. Two of her ancestors were Revolutionary soldiers, namely Absolon CASE and Wilhelms Van Vredenbergh, through both of whose records she has entered the D.A.R.

Wilhelms Van Vredenbergh, whose wife was Elizabeth Van Larden, was an unlisted soldier in Capt. Barlow's Company, the Reg., Dutchess County Militia, in New York state, during the Revolution. His son, Benjamin Fredenbergh, married Mary Case, daughter of Absolon and Elizabeth (Dunn) CASE. Absolon Case was born June 16, 1759, and was a soldier in Capt. Uriah Drake's Company. He enlisted in the Ulster Loyal Guard at Morrowborough, Ulster County, N.Y., on July 26, 1776, and was honorably discharged in July 1779, at the age of twenty years. Benjamin and Mary (Case) Fredenbergh had a daughter, Elizabeth Fredenbergh, who was born in 1798. She married Benjamin Cole Van Akin (1802-1871), and died in 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cole Van Akin had a son, William B. Van Akin.

William B. Van Akin was born in 1824, and married Mary E. Dunning, and died in 1880. She was born Sept. 15, 1830 at Milford, Pa., daughter of Solomon Dunning (Oct. 29, 1803-Nov. 3, 1882). They had a son Edward Van Akin, who, born Feb. 4, 1860, at Port Jervis, N.J., married, Oct. 20, 1881, May E. Almer.

May E. Almer, native of Milford, Pa., was born July 6, 1863, her father being Fredrick C. Almer, born May 29, 1827, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tradition has it that one of his near ancestors, a man of the Danish nobility, upon marrying against the will of his family, was banished from the court. Fredrick Almer came to America, settling at Milford, where he married Deliliah Dunning, also a daughter of Solomon. She was born March 6, 1833, and died May 14, 1911. Fredrick Almer died in Milford, Feb. 22, 1876.

The William Van Akin family settled in Sparta, Wis., 1865, and ten years later, Mrs. Fredrick C. Almer, widowed, brought her family also to that place, where Edward Van Akin and Mary E. Almer grew to manhood and womanhood and married. They still reside there.

Lila May Van Akin was born to Edward and Mary E. (Almer) Van Akin, in Sparta, where she spent her early life, until her marriage to Glen Howland, and her removal to Reedsburg. To Mr. and Mrs. Glen Howland were born three children: Josephine, born May 29, 1907; Helen, born May 23, 1909; and John, born May 23, 1917.

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