Howard Parmalee Eells by Frank Mill Pond Gratke
You will read Howard was a special person who made the shovels for the Panama Canal possible. AKA he made Bucyrus go which made South Milwaukee go. He fought the trade unions. Which paved the way for Roger Sherman Hoar to come to Bucyrus and South Milwaukee. The connection between the Eells and Hoars was none other then William Tecumseh Sherman, who was a good friend of Dan Eells and a cousin of the Hoars.
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1881, to Alice Maude Overton, who died May 26, 1885. On November 11, 1889, he married Maud Stager, who survives him. Of the first marriage there were born: Mrs. Robert H. Crowell of Cleveland, and Dan Parmelee Eells, who is treasurer of Bucyrus Howard Parmelee Eells, the son of the Mary Howard EelIs and Dan Parmelee Eells, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the 16th day of June, 1855. Few families are there in this country who can trace their genealogy through so many links of the ascending chain and find cause to congratulate themselves on being the descendants of a nobler or better ancestry than that of this true gentleman heritage.
His grandfather was George Austin Howard. George had five children; his daughter was Mary Maria, who in 1850 became the wife of Dan Parmelee Eells. The first of their two children was Howard Parmelee Eells.
When four years old the boy, he was attacked by a sickness which left him crippled by depriving him of the use of his right leg. Thereafter, he never walked without the aid of crutches. Easy as it is to realize what a factor this was with which he had to contend, no one could have known him as a boy or as a man and thought of his handicap as an infirmity, since ever it was dwarfed by the supreme, indomitable courage which, springing up with the realization of what lay before him, developed to that Degree where in strength it brooked no obstacles.
It was in October of the same year, 1859, that his mother died and Howard, with his sister, Emma Paige, two years the younger, was cared for by his Aunt Lucy Howard.. From his contemporaries we as its active head until late in 1911. When he became chairman of the board of directors of the enlarged corporation, then given the name of Bucyrus Company. During his presidency the company enjoyed an era of great prosperity and growth and under his wise direction successfully carried out projects such as the building of the machinery used in the excavation of the Panama Canal. There has been erected in the offices of this company at South Milwaukee, a bronze tablet, which testifies to the part which Mr. Eells played in the creation of this great corporation. The inscription thereon reads as follows:
"ERECTED IN MEMORY OF HOWARD PARMELEE EELLS Born Died June 16, 1855. February 11, 1919. Associated with his father DAN PARMELEE EELLS in the organization in 1880 and
In the management of the Bucyrus Foundry and Manufacturing Company, builders of the first successful steam shovel. Vice President and Treasurer of that company. Vice President and Treasurer of the Bucyrus Steam Shovel & Dredge Company. President of the Bucyrus Company from its organization in 1896 until 1911. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bucyrus Company from its organization in 1911 until his death.
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF THE MAN WHOSE SELF-SACRIFICE, UNDAUNTED COURAGE AND WISE FORESIGHT LED TO THE PRESENT SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY OF THIS -COMPANY: WHOSE STEADFAST FAITH IN ITS FUTURE, SAFELY GUIDED IT THROUGH THE BITTER STRUGGLE FOLLOWING THE PANIC OF 1893; WHOSE PROPHETIC JUDGMENT AND INTEGRITY OF CHARACTER CREATED THE POLICY WHICH ULTIMATELY GAINED FOR IT THE INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION IT NOW ENJOYS: AND WHOSE BROAD SYMPATHY AND UNFAILING KINDNESS OF HEART WON THE RESPECT, ADMIRATION, AND LOVE OF HIS ASSOCIATES AND EMPLOYEES.THE HONORED NAME WHICH THIS COMPANY BEARS WILL SERVE AS A MONUMENT TO THIS THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF HIS LIFE. IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LIFE'S LABOR AND TO PERPETUATE THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE DEBT WHICH THE BUCYRUS COMPANY OWES TO HIM AS ITS FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, THIS TABLET HAS BEEN ERECTED, THISSECOND DAY OF MARCH, 1920."
Mr. Eells became affiliated with the National Metal Trades Association, for many years served on its council and became its president in 1916, acting in that capacity until 1917. His unsurpassed sense of justice and fairness lent much to the formulation and culmination of the policies of this association, the purpose of which was to promote cooperation between the employer and the employee, the freedom of the honest worker from the oppression of trade union methods. These purposes achieved much during a period of growing industrial unrest.
Howard Parmelee Eells was married in Cleveland on April 20, Company, at South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Of the second marriage were born: Mrs. Allen C. House, Howard P. Eells, Jr., Harriett Stager Eells, Samuel Eells and Maude Stager Eells. Mr. Eells' sons. Lieutenant Howard P. Eells, Jr., and Lieutenant Samuel Eells, served in the United States army in France from September, 1917, to the spring of 1919. To the love which he bore and dispensed with such liberality to mankind was added a devotion to his family that by its depth and power transfused his home with an atmosphere of refinement, virtue and devotion.
Mr. Eells' death occurred suddenly at Pasadena, California, on February 11, 1919. The funeral services were conducted at his residence in Cleveland.