HOWARD, Thomas - Bell Farm investor
Hon. Thomas Howard (1845-1903) was a Riel veteran, a member of the first Manitoba Legislature, and Director and investor in the Bell Farm in 1884.
His investments faltered, and when he was murdered or committed suicide in 1903 in California, Howard left his family penniless.
https://archive.org/stream/cihm_92682#page/n307/mode/2up stockholder and director (Major Bell's testimony) – p. 230
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19030725.2.2# photo source and article
Howard/suicide.jpg July 30 1903 Oakland Tribune
Memorable Manitobans, with good biographical summery:
https://archive.org/stream/tragedyofklondik00dayluoft#page/134/mode/2up pg 135-136
Jan 10 1884 "Manitoba Daily Press":
"At the annual meeting of the Bell Farming Company, held yesterday morning the following directors were elected, Messrs AF Eden,WR Bell,John Northwood, Duncan MacArthur ,WL Boyle,HJ Edwards, Governor Dewdney,Thomas Howard and CG Kelso"
Jan 11 1884 "Winnipeg Free Press":
"The following were elected the new directors of the big Bell Farm at the Winnipeg meeting of the Qu'Appelle Farming Company owners of the Farm: Hon Edgar Dewdney ,Regina,Hon Thomas Howard,AF Eden Duncan MacArthur,WL Boyle,and HJ Eberts Winnipeg,John Northwood Chatham Ont, CGL Kelso Hallock Minn and Robert Crawford and WR Bell,Indian Head."
This newspaper article "Gallant Old Officer" which reports that Howard's dreams of gold and death left his family penniless:
Michelle Cabana, Saskatoon, Sask.