Donal Gilstrap

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Donal Gilstrap, a first-time nominee, was most known for his position as Howe High School principal during three different decades. While also serving as the elementary and middle school principal, it was his gentle yet stern approach to leadership that won his respect among students and peers. Gilstrap grew up picking cotton in the 1940s and was not able to … Read More

Jean Norman

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Jean Norman, nominated for the second straight year. She will go down in Howe history in much of the same regards as Mame Roberts and Norma Wallace – a truly iconic figure among all of Howe’s finest ladies. Her fingerprints of leadership are seen throughout the community from Bonham to Dorchester and especially from Ponderosa to Farmington. She was instrumental … Read More

J.J. Chisum

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J.J. Chisum, nominated for the second straight year, was perhaps the most loved man in Howe from the time he opened Chisum’s One Stop Grocery Store in July of 1957. He was called the “One-Man- Chamber of Commerce” as he helped give information to anyone that asked. Mr. Chisum often ran open tickets for families knowing well he would never … Read More

Bob Walker

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Bob Walker, most known for operating the Howe Enterprise. He put out a weekly publication for 421 consecutive weeks from 1966 to 1974. He was instrumental in reforming the Howe Chamber of Commerce in 1972 and served as the chairman of the Howe Centennial Committee which was a week-long festival and celebration of the city and its fine history. He … Read More

Steve Simmons

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Steve Simmons came to Howe in 1987 as a coach for Howe ISD. His motivating nature has inspired a couple of thousand kids and adults to be highly motivated, truly dedicated as well as rough and tough. Perhaps no one in Howe’s history has held so much pride and love for their community and the children of Howe. He has … Read More

Jimmy Bearden

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Jimmy Bearden was a longtime Howe ISD school board member as well as serving as Youth Baseball Commissioner and coach. He was a volunteer fireman as his father before him. Mr. Bearden was instrumental in bringing an all-weather track to Bulldog Stadium.   As Vice President of Magni-Fab, he provided labor and materials to many local projects such as directional signs … Read More

Norman Dickey

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Norman Dickey was hired by Howe schools in 1964. He took a football program that was on the verge of collapsing due to the lack of willing participants and grew it to a District, Bi-District and Regional Champion team just six years later.  After 12 years as head coach of the Howe Bulldogs, he holds the most wins of any … Read More

Elmer Schenk

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Elmer Schenk (1949 – ) was hired as Howe High School’s second ever band director in 1977. By the time he left Howe in 2000, he was known as one of the best band instructors in all of Texas. As early as 1979, Schenk had taken a fairly new band program and turned it into one of the most surprisingly … Read More

Carrie Waller

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Carrie Waller (1931 – ) was involved with nearly every organization that had anything to do with Howe. She became the first-ever female city council member in 1972. She was also instrumental in reorganizing the Chamber of Commerce in 1972 in time for the city’s Centennial Celebration. That year, she created the Howe city flag and the Centennial logo. As … Read More