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Love me, love my shotgun

April 25, 2007 |  6:30 am


April 25, 1957
Los Angeles

Charles S. Howard and his estranged wife, Rowena, have declared a truce in their war over two shotguns as they divide their property in a separate maintenance agreement.

Howard had already agreed to give his wife a $150,000 home at 133 S. Mapleton Drive in the Holmby Hills ($1,074,792.57 USD 2006) and payments of $1,900 a month. However, he complained that she kept a portrait of his father, a wealthy Buick dealer and racehorse owner; a bronze statuette of the family's prized horse Seabiscuit; a cashmere topcoat; a red bathrobe; and a 12-gauge Belgian shotgun.

His wife countered by saying that he had failed to turn over her .410 shotgun, which he had given her as a present years ago.

Judge Joseph W. Vickers called a recess in proceedings so the couple and their lawyers could talk. At the end, the Howards agreed to return each other's shotguns.

Charles S. Howard Jr. married his third wife, Louise, in Reno, Nev., May 27, 1958. He died in June 1966 at the age of 63.



Seabiscuit died May 18, 1947, at the age of 14.

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