Howard Alden Peebles

1879 - 1969

Howard Peebles was a modern language teacher, printer, and organist. He served the church in all three areas for 36 years, teaching at all levels in the Seventh-day Adventist school system and serving as a missionary.

Howard was born in Vermont, one of four children of Hascal and Ella M. Harris Peebles.  His father, a minister in the Adventist church, died when Howard was eight. When he became old enough to attend college he lived with an older sister, Winnifred Peebles Rowell, who had graduated from Battle Creek College in 1894 and been hired to teach that year at Union College. After graduating from UC in 1899 as one of six graduates, he began his career as a music teacher at Bethel Academy, now Wisconsin Academy, where he taught for two years.

Peebles then returned to Nebraska, where he taught in the church school in Lincoln, worked at the college print shop, which had started in 1898 while he was a student at the school, and sold Adventist books for five years. In 1906 he accepted a position in Central America as a printer of religious materials for that mission field.  Following six years in Guatemala and Mexico, he returned to Lincoln to teach and work in the print shop, serving for one year as its manager.

In 1914 he was hired to teach Spanish at Southwestern Junior College, now Southwestern Adventist University. While there, he also played the organ for worship and chapel services and accompanied cantatas presented by the music department.

Peebles moved to Walla Walla College, now University, in 1922, where he taught Spanish. He completed a master's degree at the University of Washington and served as head of the modern language department at WWC for eleven years. He was living with his daughter, Lenoa, and son-in-law, Robert E. Silver, in Harper, Washington, at the time of his death at age 89.  

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Sources: 1901 General Conference Bulletin, No. 3, 543; The Educational Messenger, 15 February 1906, 14; Southwestern Union Record, 22 September, 1914, 7; 17 April 1917, 7; 25 January 21, 7; 10 January 1922, 7; Howard A. Peebles Obituaries, The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 7 August 1969, 24 and North Pacific Union Gleaner, 7 July 1969, 15; Obituary for Hascal Peebles, ARSH, 11 October 1887, 638-9; Obituary for Ella M. Peebles, ARSH, 22 May 1930, 28; Obituary for Winifred Peebles Rowell, ARSH, Obituary 30 October 1947, 25; Everett Dick, Union, College of the Golden Cords, , 383 (timeline).