The Courier of March 14, 1901, refers to Alonzo Howland settling in Cowley County in December of 1869. Mr. Howland built on his claim, just south east of Winfield, the first frame house built in the country. He hauled the lumber 100 miles, without the least sign of a road part of the way.
The February 10, 1870, special census of Cowley County lists the following under the name of Howland.
Three: A. Howland.
Two: Emma Howland.
Frank and Jno. D. Howland.
The Winfield census of 1873 lists Alonzo Howland, age 50, and his wife Emonia L. Howland, age 42.
The Kansas State census of 1875 lists A. Howland, age 52; His wife Emma S., age 43; Frank, age 15; Emma L., age 9; and John D., age 6.
Winfield Messenger, Friday, July 19, 1872.
Real estate is changing hands lively. Mr. Howland sold ten acres of his farm east of town for $50 per acre.
Winfield Messenger, Friday, August 30, 1872.
If you want a nice piece of ground for a suburban residence, call on Mr. Howland.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1873.
Alonzo Howland, the well known and popular clerk at the store of C. A. Bliss, where he will take orders for all kinds of nursery stock, and warrant their delivery in health and good order. Call on Mr. Howland and leave your orders.
The Cowley County Democrat of July 16, 1876 states “Mr. Howland built the first frame house in the county—his present residence—which was considered at the time a herculean task, having to haul the lumber over 100 miles without the sign of a road.”
Winfield Courier of May l3, 1877, states that “Master Frank, son of Alonzo Howland, has undertaken the study of medicine and dentistry with Dr. Graham of this place.
There is no listing of an obituary in the Courier index, so perhaps they moved.