Biography of Everett Howell
Tulare County, CA Biographies





EVERETT HOWELL.
Everett Howell, manager of the Monache Theater at Porterville and one of the best known men in this section of the state, is a native son of Tulare county and has lived here all his life, active in theatrical affairs since the days of his young manhood. He was born on the old Howell ranch, west of the city of Porterville, May 6, 1888, and is a son of Thomas W. and Rhoda (Doss) Howell, the latter of whom, a native of Kentucky, is still living here. The late Thomas W. Howell, who in his generation was one of the active men of affairs of the Porterville community, was a Missourian by birth and early put in his lot with that of the people of the coast country. For some time after his marriage he made his home in Missouri and then established himself on a ranch west of Porterville, in Tulare county, California. He developed a good piece of property there and also took an active part in development work in the city, the substantial Howell building being a continuing monument to his enterprise as a community builder. He for some time served as a city trustee and in other ways did his part as a good citizen toward bringing about proper conditions there in the earlier period of the settlement, and here he spent his last days, his death occuring in 1920. To him and his wife were born eight children, four of whom were born in Missouri and four in California, and all are living, as is their mother.

Reared in Porterville, Everett Howell acquired his education in the schools of that city and for some time after leaving school was engaged working as a machinist, a trade which he learned thoroughly. When the Gaiety Theater began showing motion pictures back in the days of the beginning of that form of popular entertainment, Mr. Howell became connected with that enterprise as the operator of the projection machine and there learned the motion picture business as related to the exhibitor's end of it "from the ground up." In 1916 he and his brother, C. C. Howell, in association with A. R. Moore, a veteran theatrical man and old time photographer of Porterville, erected the Monache Theater in Porterville, including in the plans of this edifice features that theretofore had not been carried in motion picture theaters in that city, and began to put on not only the best of the pictures produced but brought in standard companies for dramatic performances and set a new standard of entertainment in the town. When on February 1, 1924, this theater was taken over by the National Theater Syndicate of California, Everett Howell was made its manager and since has been acting in that capacity, giving the best of his experienced service to the promotion of the interests of this popular play house, one of the most attractive in this section of the state.

On April 14, 1920, in Porterville, Everett Howell was united in marriage to Miss Edith Althouse, who was born in Los Angeles, this state, daughter of Jas. A. Althouse. Mr. and Mrs. Howell have one child: A son, James Everett Howell, born October 28, 1921. The Howells have a pleasant home in Porterville and Mr. and Mrs. Howell take an interested and helpful part in the city's general social activities. Mr. Howell is a charter member of the locally influential Rotary Club and is also a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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