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Edmund Howl

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Edmund Howl (1848-1934), chairman of Lee, Howl and Co

1934 Obituary [1]

EDMUND HOWL had been on the roll of the Institution for over fifty-two years, having been elected a Member in 1882.

He was born in 1848 and served a three years' apprenticeship at the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway, after which he came to London and studied at the Royal School of Mines.

At the early age of 24 he became manager of the Tibbington Collieries and Brickworks at Tipton, Staffs, which had been the property of his father, and in 1878 he was appointed managing director.

In the following year he entered as a partner the Tipton firm of Lee, Howl, Ward and Howl, hydraulic engineers, and was largely instrumental in effecting the reconstitution of the company, in 1887, as Lee, Howl and Company, when he became chairman.

About the year 1872 he was also made a commissioner under the Staffordshire Mines Drainage Act and was identified with the Mines Drainage Board until his death.

He was associated with the late Dr. Ludwig Mond in the construction of the works of the South Staffordshire Mond Gas Company, and was a director of both Exhall and Newdigate Collieries, in Warwickshire, at the time of his death, which occurred on 11th October 1934, in his eighty-seventh year.

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