William M. Howell: 19th Mayor of Logan

howell_lgDates in Office: 1920-1922
Terms in Office: 1
Age when Elected: 39

William Maughan Howell was born on May 5, 1881 in Wellsville, Utah. His parents were Joseph Williams Howell or Morgan and Mary Elizabeth Maughan. He married Celestia (Lettie) Baker on November 12, 1903 and had four sons. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 5, 1949.

Mr. Howell's was known for his business and banking abilities. He was president of the Logan Chamber of Commerce for one term in 1924, president of Howell Real Estate and Investment Company in Logan from 1918 to 1930, President of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Logan, and in 1926 was elected director of the Federal Land Bank in Berkeley, California. He worked there for four years and was then appointed manager of this bank's Utah loan division.

Mr. Howell served as mayor of Logan City from 1920 to 1922.


1. Noble, Warrum, ed. "Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical". Chicago, Illinois: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919, 4:242-245.
2. "The Herald Journal". Former Logan Mayor Died at Salt Lake. Logan, Utah: May 6, 1949.



  • ~ The (high) school which had opened in 1917 with grades 7-9 became in 1920 a full-fledged high school, including grades 7-12. 1

  • ~ The Logan Library finds its first permanent location at 21 West 100 North.

  • January ~ According to the Federal Census, the population of Logan was 9,439. 54


  • ~ Logan Library collection had grown to include over 9,000 items.

  • May ~ The first successful airplane flight took place in Cache Valley. An aviator named Moroney brought his dismantled plane in by truck. As there was no airfield, he assembled the plane in an alfalfa field north of the KVNU broadcasting station. Hundreds of people watched as Moroney's plane rose about 1,000 feet in the air and flew over Logan and returned. 7

  • June ~ The high school school's first class of fifty-five seniors graduated.