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photographer , writer

Barbara Howell Erkkila-Ricker, American writer, photographer. Recipient 2d prize for feature writing United Press International, 1970, historian award Town of Rockport, 1978, First Walker Hancock award City of Gloucester, 1999, Gloucester History Commission Cultural award, 2009.


Erkkila-Ricker, Barbara Howell was born on July 11, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of John William and Adelia Parsons (Jones) Howell.


Student, Boston University Evening College, 1959—1962.


Corresponding Gloucester (Mas.) Daily Times, 1936-1953, feature writer, since 1953, women's editor, 1967-1972, community news editor, 1972-1974. Editor weekly magazine Essex County Newspapers, Gloucester, 1973, editorial assistant, 1974-1985, writer, photographer, since 1970. Teacher Russian, Ipswich (Massachusetts) Public Schools, evenings, 1962-1963, Boston University Study Tour, Soviet Union, 1960.

Jewelry designer; quarry historian.


Assistant traffic manager Lepage's, Inc., 1936-1940. Price panel OPA, 1944-1946. American Red Cross nurse's aide class Addison Gilbert Hospital, 1942-1943.

Active Gloucester History Commission, 1967-1969, 93-2000. Formerly active Girl Scouts United States of America. Secretary Lanesville Community College, 1957-1994.

Appointed granite industry consultant Cape Ann History Association Museum, Massachusetts, 1997. Consultant Annual Museum, 1997. Member Sandy Bay History Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Westford History Society, Cape Ann History Association, North Shore Rock and Mineral (charter), North Shore Button Club.


Married Onni R. Erkkila, April 27, 1941 (deceased 1981). Children: John W., Kathleen L., Marjorie A. Married G. Ashton Ricker, February 5, 2000.(deceased 2008).

John William Howell

Adelia Parsons (Jones) Howell

Onni R. Erkkila

G. Ashton Ricker

John W. Erkkila-Ricker

Kathleen L. Erkkila-Ricker

Marjorie A. Erkkila-Ricker