OMAHA WATER WORKS MAN ELECTED U. S. SENATOR
Robert B. Howell, Former General Manager Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha,
Takes Up Duties in Higher Branch of Congress
WATER works men have from time to time filled many important governmental offices both national and state. One of these so honored is Robert Beecher Howell, who is a member of the United States Senate. Until last month Mr. Howell served as general manager of the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha, Neb., at which time he was succeeded by Col. Theodore A. Leisen, of Detroit, Mich. Mr. Howell was elected to the United States Senate in 1922.
Mr. Howell was born in Adrian, Mich., and was a son of Andrew and Mary A. B. Howell. He attended the public schools in Adrian and was later appointed cadet midshipman of the United States Navy in 1881. graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1885 and then took a course in the Detroit school of law, class of 1893. He located in Omaha in 1888 and served as state engineer of Nebraska until he was appointed as city engineer of Omaha in 1895. In 1896 he was appointed a member of the board of visitors to the United States Naval Academy and during the Spanish War served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy.
Mr. Howell was elected state senator of Nebraska in 1902, and in the same year was appointed to the board of directors of what is now known as the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha. He was elected to the board in 1904, and reelected in 1910, 1916 and 1922. In 1912 he was elected Republican national committeeman, being re-elected in 1916 and 1920. He is a member of the executive committee of the Republican national committee in 1916 and 1920, and was Republican primary nominee for governor in 1914.
In 1912 Mr. Howell was made water commissioner of Omaha and in 1913 became general manager of the Metropolitan Utilities District operating the public water, gas and ice plants. He served in this capacity until last month, when he took up his duties as United States Senator in Washington, D. C. Mr. Howell also served in the United States Naval Reserve Force from 1917 to 1921, and chairman of the radio service commission, United States post office department in 1921,
Chillicothe, Mo., Appoints New Superintendent—W. E.
Quakenbush, of Kansas City, Mo., was appointed superintendent of the water and light plant of Chillicothe, Mo., to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Paul J. Dixon, and assumed the duties of that post on December 1.