In 1870 Josh and others left
and settled in
at Pilot Point.
His wife to be Nancy Langford, daughter of Thomas
Jefferson Langford, was also from
and they had come to Pilot Point with nine wagons and 15
About 1871 they married and lived in Pilot Point until
about 1878 when they decided to move on to Bonita in
Josh’s nephew George Andrews wrote an article
published in the 3 July 1953 Nocona News that he as a
lad had watched the cattle herds go by Uncle Josh’s
place in Bonita and that sometimes small calves stranded
on the trail would be left by the trail drivers in Uncle
Josh Howard’s front yard as a gift.
Josh and his brother John Anse donated much land for
schools, churches, railroad station and businesses to
help the town to grow.
John Anse operated a dry-goods store and Josh
operated a large cotton gin and gristmill combination
for 27 years.
The cotton gin received cotton from all the
surrounding counties and from counties in
It appears that two banks were started in Bonita in
1906, The First National Bank of Bonita with Josh Howard
as President and the Bonita State Bank with C. McCall
In 1928 the Security National Bank of Nocona was
organized with Josh Howard, President and M. M. Gilbert
There is a stock certificate that was sold to Isaac
Josh had a buggy while in Bonita and one of his
grandsons pushed it into a creek and destroyed it.
Josh also had the distinction of buying
the last buggy in
He bought it at the J.B. Marsh Hardware and
Furniture closeout sale from Clark A. Hood.
Josh’s son Port Howard traded a Shetland pony
that belonged to his sons, Jody and Hag for a horse to
pull the buggy.
Josh had a model T at one time as his grandson Jody
Howard remembers riding in it.
Josh lived with his
family the last two years of his life.
Pee Wee Harlason remembers Josh being called “Mr.
Bonita” during his life there.
Copyright 2008 Max A. Brown.