FIGHTIN' PHEASANTS

Kleiber, Hans (American, 1887-1967). FIGHTIN' PHEASANTS. Etching, 1949. Signed and titled in pencil, and with the collection stamps of A. E. Howse. Edition of 250 published by Associated American Artists. 8 1/4 x 12 inches. In very good condition. Howse's papers are in the collection of Wichita University. This biographical information comes from the University's website: When looking at the life of A. E. Howse it is evident that the native Wichitan enjoyed a challenge. Born in 1908, Howse easily made his way through the Wichita School system with a straight-A average. Upon arriving at the University of Chicago, Howse made an arrangement with the head of the school. If the young man was able to pass a special examination arranged by the University, he would be allowed to take graduate courses without enrolling in any undergraduate course work. As with most challenges Howse faced, he prevailed, and two and one half years later he graduated from the University having only enrolled in one undergraduate class. Howse was a success not only in education, but also in business. After graduation he traveled the country working in the investment field before returning home to Wichita to open a number of furniture businesses. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Howse entered World War II along with the United States and organized an $80 billion Air Corps program to buy military planes. For his military accomplishments he was commissioned a colonel and retired from the Army in 1944. Back in Wichita, Howse continued his business ventures, raised horses, collected art, and hungered for another competition. This time he offered his services to better his community. Howse chaired the Kansas State Crime Commission, the Eisenhower Foundation, and helped establish the Kansas Highway Patrol. He also served as a Wichita City Commissioner during the 1950s as well as Mayor of the city in 1956 and 1957. Despite everything he accomplished, fellow Wichitans may owe the greatest debt of gratitude to Howse for his research and advocacy in the field of water resources. In fact, with his effort to build Cheney Reservoir, Wichita was ensured a long-term water supply. Throughout his life, A. E. Howse sought challenges, and through his successes fought for the betterment of his country and his community. He died in 1986.