From Washington State University: Helen Addison Howard (Mrs. Ben Overland) was a writer of western U.S. history. She published two books on Chief Joseph and was one of several 1930s and 1940s writers who authored works on the Nez Perce. Howard also wrote on other Western topics, the last of which was a booklength manuscript entitled The UY Ranch: Reminiscences of a Montana Stockman's Wife: 1912-1921. The Sunflower University Press of Manhattan, Kansas, published it posthumously in 1989. Howard was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1904. She studied history at the University of Montana (called Montana State University at that time), under the direction of Paul C. Phillips. Howard received a master's degree in history at the University of Southern California. She continued to write up to her death from cancer in 1989.