Local Grad Accepts Position

Dateline: June 16, 1926

Bouckville, N.Y.

It has been learned that Howard C. Stowell, son of Chester and Bertha Stowell of this village, graduated from Colgate University on June 14th with a BS degree in Science and Biology, and has accepted an Engineering position with the New York State Parks Commission.

Stowell is to begin his new career with his appointment as Junior Assistant Engineer effective September 13, 1926.

 

Howard's Bio --by Charles E. Page [October, 2004]

Howard Chester Stowell

Born in Bouckville, Madison County, New York, on June 9, 1906 he grew up on the family farm located on what is now Rte.12B just south of that hamlet. He was the second son of Chester Phillip and Bertha Mae Lewis Stowell. His two brothers were Lawrence Morton Stowell [Feb.27, 1901-June 1961] and Robert Lewis Stowell [Jan.24.1920 - Aug.10, 1967]. After finishing Madison Union School he enrolled on September 21, 1922 at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. and graduated with a BS Degree is Science and Biology on June 14, 1926. On Sept. 13, 1926 he was appointed Junior Assistant Park Engineer with the New York State Park Commission and being just the 2nd field man added to the Commission staff, was one of the pioneers of the State Park System.

During the Great Depression he was hired [July 1, 1933] by the Civilian Conservation Corp as Project Superintendent for the construction of Gilbert Lake State Park near Laurens, N.Y. The land had been set aside for the park in 1926. He served in this engineering capacity with the CCC until Sept. 1939 when he returned to the Park Service.

In World War II he served with the United States Army Military Police [1944 and 1945].

After his honorable discharge he returned to the Park Service as Junior Assistant Park Engineer becoming Park Engineer in 1948. His duty station was Gilbert Lake State Park. During the years with the CCC and later, he supervised the development of abandoned farmlands into beautiful park property. In slow periods in the winter months he worked on survey crews establishing boundaries, and plotting development in seven other parks.

All of this experience served him well in later years as Superintendent of Parks for the Central Region of New York State to which he was appointed in 1952. During his leadership over 1400 acres were added to State Park lands and another new Park was established, Glimmer Glass, at East Springfield, N.Y.

When he was Regional Park Superintendent he and his family lived at Clark Reservation State Park at Jamesville, N.Y.

After his retirement in 1966 he still acted as "consultant" for the Park system and helped plan the development of the Erie Canal State Park.

His family consisted of his wife, Jean Lovina Snow, [married Nov. 28, 1928] and children, Jean Patricia Stowell [Mrs. Raymond Goodrowe] and Julia Mae Stowell [Mrs. Calvin S. West, Jr.]

"Howard & Jean Snow Stowell"

Anniversary Picture. [courtesy of Calvin S. West] Married 53 years. November 28, 1981

Howard suffered a heart attack while living at 417 Churchill Ave. Syracuse, and died November 13, 1986 at University Hospital at the age of 80.

Charles E. Page,Oneida, N.Y.

Sources:

Family records and memories

Interview with Jean Snow Stowell

Carl Peterson, Colgate University

Newspaper Clippings

CCC Museum at Gilbert Lake Park

Information from Calvin S. West