Edward Howe was a Baker by profession, a Justice of the Peace and a Salford City Councillor.
He was born in Greengate, Salford in 1852. In 1876 he married Mary Alice Rothwell at Christ Church, Acton Square, Salford. His Baker's shop and residence was on Eccles New Road, Pendleton. Edward and Mary had a son, William Adam who died at the age of 21 in 1909 and the gravestone records "after long suffering patiently borne". Mary died on 15th February 1926 aged 74 years and Edward died three years later on Tuesday 22nd January 1929 at the age of 77 years.
The Salford City Reporter of the 25th January 1929 records, "Mr Howe, who was a native of Salford, took a great interest in public affairs and was a former member of the Council. After unsuccessfully contesting St. Paul's Ward, he was, in 1915 the Liberal candidate for the Docks Ward and was returned. He represented that ward for six years, after which an interval elapsed before he stood again once more successfully contesting the seat. Mr Howe later retired from the Council, but devoted himself assiduously to his duties as a magistrate for the city, to which position he was appointed in 1917. A life long member of Regent Liberal Club, Mr Howe was elected President in 1909 and held that office with distinction for 13 years".
Edward Howe's funeral took place on 24th January at Weaste Cemetery. It was attended by a large number of relatives and friends and many beautiful wreathes were sent. The interment was in A4 section of the Dissenters portion and Rev. J. Clayton officiated.
The Salford City Reporter continues "Sympathetic reference to the passing of Mr Howe was made by the Salford Stipendiary Magistrate (Mr P.W.Aikin) at the Police Court on Wednesday (22nd January). Mr Howe was a member of the City Council for about ten years and in 1917 he was appointed a Magistrate. He did a great deal of work in connection with the social and religious life of the city. His attendance on the Bench was regular, and though unobtrusive he always did good work. Sergeant Bamfield, on behalf of the Chief Constable, Major C.V.Godfrey OBE and members of the police force, associated himself with the Stipendiary's remarks".