Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
Transcribed by Candi Horton ©2006 Genealogy Trails
Source: Photo and data are from a photo taken by Candi H. while at the R.I. Arsenal Museum.

Milton Howard was one of the many Civil War veterans who sought employment at the Rock Island Arsenal after the war.
He fought with the 60th US Colored Infantry. He worked as a laborer at the Arsenal.
As a former slave, it was fitting that one of his first jobs was to help tear down the Rock Island Prison Barracks.

On June 3, 1920 he was one of four men who recieved a faithful service award for 50 years of service
from the Commanding Officer of the R.I. Arsenal, Colonel Harry B. Jordan..

His grandson, Howard Perkins was the first Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at the Arsenal.
Another Grandson, Glenn Perkins was plating foreman in 1977.

Milton Howard Family

Milton Howard with his wife, Lena (to his left) and family about 1900.
Son- Eugene and Daughter- Pearl are seated
Son- Edward is standing.
The other three women are Lena's relatives.

Rock Island County, Illinois
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