606 4th Avenue - Mary and Josiah Howell Residence c.1885

Statement of Significance: Mary Vance Howell was the wife of Josiah Howell, a carpenter who was born in Pennsylvania in 1821. Mary, who was 22 years younger than her husband, was born in Missouri in 1843. They had six children, one of whom, William, eventually became director of Oregon City's water works. The house is significant for its age and style, unusual in Canemah, and for its association with the Howell family. In the Canemah NR District, the building is classified as a Primary structure.