“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gardendale in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Virgil Allen Howard

Virgil Allen Howard Marker image. Click for full size.
November 17, 2010
1. Virgil Allen Howard Marker
Inscription. Virgil Allen Howard, who was born in South Carolina in 1859, came to Alabama in 1884 seeking employment with the Alabama Waterworks. He and Ollie Grace Hogan were married on July 15, 1903 and made their first home in Gardendale on property they purchased on Old Mount Olive Road. The Howards later bought land on Main Street and became active members of Gardendale’s First Baptist Church. Virgil Allen Howard served as Justice of the Peace for 18 years and was a trustee for the Gardendale School. Virgil Allen Howard died in 1955 and Grace Hogan Howard died in 1963. Their descendants continue to live in and contribute to the growth of Gardendale. The Howard Homeplace is now the site of the Gardendale Civic Center Complex.
Location. 33° 38.873′ N, 86° 48.672′ W. Marker is in Gardendale, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Main Street north of Mt. Olive Road/Civic Center Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located in the northwest corner of Gardendale's Millennium Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 875 Main Street, Gardendale AL 35071, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gardendale, Alabama (a few steps from this marker); Black Creek Park, Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership and the Fultondale Coke Oven Park
Virgil Allen Howard Marker image. Click for full size.
November 17, 2010
2. Virgil Allen Howard Marker
(approx. 1.9 miles away); Tarrant City Hall (approx. 4.9 miles away); History of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (approx. 5.9 miles away); Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Zion Memorial Gardens (approx. 6.4 miles away); North Birmingham (approx. 6.6 miles away); Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Bethel Baptist Church (approx. 6.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  History of Gardendale, Alabama. The early settlers of this area, most of them veterans of the War of 1812, recognized the beautiful woodlands as a productive area. Otis Dyer first homesteaded 80 acres in 1825. By the outbreak of the Civil War, a dozen families had claimed land -- buying most of it from the government for twelve-and-a-half cents an acre. (Submitted on December 31, 2010.) 
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