Allaseba Drive

Allaseba Howard (1890-1980) was the wife of nurseryman Paul J. Howard (1884-1966), who christened this street on his 22 acre Flowerland Park tract in 1948. Mrs. Howard was born Allaseba Bliss in Saginaw, MI; she was named after her great-aunt, whose husband Aaron T. Bliss would be governor of Michigan in 1901-1904. She married Paul Howard in Saginaw in 1912 – it’s not clear where they met, as he was a lifelong Angeleno. He had joined his brother’s nursery business as a teen, then ran the weightily-named “Paul J. Howard’s Horticultural Establishment” on La Brea from 1915 until 1940. That’s when he opened “Paul J. Howard’s California Flowerland” on National and Barrington. The nursery, once the biggest in the state, was shuttered after his death. The Howards themselves lived on Rimpau and had two daughters: Allaseba (1917-1995) and Carol (1924-2021).