Your John Howe I think is related to the John Howe mentioned in this article. Talk about your black sheep *L*:
FREEPORT , ILL.
Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune.
FREEPORT, ILL., July 2.�This has been an exciting day for this city. The shooting of President Garfield has caused widespread sorrow, and the fact that Charles Julius Guiteau, a former Freeporter, is the assailant, makes the matter the principal topic of conversation everywhere. He is the son of the late L. W.. Guiteau, who was for years the trustworthy Cashier of the Second National Bank. His mother has been dead since 1848, and the wife, of his father by the second marriage and her children entirely, ignore him, from the fact that he has led a reckless life, and worried his father to a great extent during the last years of his life. The father of the criminal came to Freeport in the year 1833, and in 1840 was appointed Postmaster under President Harrison. He was also Clerk of the Circuit Court and was prominently identified with the educational interests of the city and county. He was
A PUBIC SPIRITED, LIBERAL GENTLEMAN,
who had a great many friends here. <b>His first wife, the mother of Charles J. Guiteau, was a daughter of Maj. John Howe, of Antwerp, N. Y. </b>The Hon. John H. Williams, the President of the Second National Bank of which institution Mr. L. W. Guiteau, the father of the criminal had long been cashier, was called upon. Mr. Adams was informed of the crime which Guiteau had just committed, and said in reply that he felt no particular surprise, as he knew him to be a very erratic man from his youth. He was just the person to execute some sensational act. His head was filled with visionary schemes. Some years ago he was full of the idea of starting a great newspaper in Chicago and breaking down the Tribune and Times. He wrote several letters to his father on the subject although at the time he had not a penny of capital nor any experience in journalism. He was also a member of the famous Oneida Community, in Central New York. His full name is Charles Julius Guiteau. The last time he was in Freeport was about three years ago, when he remained but a couple of days. Another gentleman well acquainted with the criminal was interviewed, and expressed no surprise when informed of what had transpired. He said Guiteau was about 40 years of age, and went to the Oneida Community when he was about 20 years of age. He led a rather queer life there, and was dismissed. He afterwards had a suit with the others of the Society for labor performed. It is said since he left the place he has been wild and reckless, and most of the time made his headquarters in New York. He has never had any particular employment, and caused his father a great deal of uneasiness. "Just like him" said J. Addison Crain, the attorney who had met Guiteau in New York last September. Then he was interested in a Garfield Club, and seemed to take a great deal of interest in it. Mr. Crain describes him as
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