The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Howden, William Chalmers
Howden, William Chalmers , Farmer, “Glenmoa,” Tokarahi. Mr. Howden was born in 1853 in Dunedin, educated at Green Island, and brought up to farming. He was in business as a butcher for a short time at Caversham, before settling in the Oamaru district in 1877. In 1880 he leased a farm on the Tokarahi estate from Mr. McMaster, and on the opening of the settlement in 1897, secured part of the same block on which his homestead already stood. Mr. Howden's property consists of 454 acres of land, which he holds under a lease in perpetuity, and devotes to mixed farming. Mr. Howden served as a volunteer in the North Otago Hussars and is at present (1904) a member of the Ngapara Rifle Club. For some time he has served on the Island Cliff school committee, and now acts as its secretary. As a Freemason he is a Past Master of Lodge Ngapara, No. 68, New Zealand Constitution. Mr. Howden was married, in 1888, to a daughter of Mr. Thomas Finnie, of Saddle Hill, and has three daughters.