Business records, shop manuals, automobile ephemera, personal papers, photographs, and other items created by Bud Howe and
his business, Bud Howe's Garage in San Jose, California.
Born April 26, 1904, Louis “Bud” Howe spent his childhood in San Jose. In 1920, Mr. Howe joined the U. S. Army Air Service.
Discharged in 1921, he worked at various garages throughout the San Jose Area. In 1924 Mr. Howe married Maude Soto. Together
they had two children: Helene, born in 1927, and Robert, born in 1931. Records show Mr. Howe was self-employed beginning in
1929. He opened his own garage in 1933. In 1960, Mr. Howe campaigned and ran for California 2nd District Supervisor. Winning
third place among a field of four, Mr. Howe did not survive the primary runoff election. In 1969, at the age of 65 Mr. Howe
retired. Little is known about what happened to his garage after his retirement and subsequent death in 1984 at the age of
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