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The only "official" documents or records I can find of Amy Howard are from the 1880 Federal Census, listings in San Francisco city directories from 1880-1882, and a short death notice published in the New York Clipper Annual 1885.. Of course, there are also various newspaper articles about her racing career from this time (probably could find more with a proper arcives search)

Actually, I found the census record  (June 1879-May 1880) fascinating. It appears that Amy was living in a San Francisco boarding house with an interesting assortment of residents:
The household included:
Francis Leon Blohm, (30 yr old F), widowed and running a Lodging House.
Raphael Leon, (age 45 F), a music teacher (possibly Francis' mother?)
Amy and Frank Howard (ages 18 and 24 in 1880), both listed occupation as "pedestrian"
Thos. Henry Howard (age 43) Occupation : boilermaker. (possibly Frank's father?)
Mary Parker (age 20 F), a seamstress
Francis Durant (age 34 M): magician

Isn't that a wonderful cast of characters????

Langley's city directory, 1880 lists a Francisca Blohm, widow lodging house, at 1028 Market.
1881 lists Amy Howard, pedestrienne, at 820 Folsom.
              Frank Howard, athletic trainer, 820 Folsom.

From NEW YORK CLIPPER ANNUAL 1885:
"Oct. 4, 1885 Miss Amy Howard, female long distance pedestrian, died--Brooklyn, New York."

I've also made contact through Ancestory.com with a Bob Ganley, who listed Amy Howard as part of his family history. He had also attached two documents about Amy Howard (articles about the Rose Belt) to his Ancestry account. He further emailed me the story that his great-grandfather had sent a clipping copy of the illustrated Police Gazette article to his grandfather (sometime in the 1940's), stating that this Amy was a sister to his mother (Bob's great-great-grandmother) Sarah Boylan.  At this point, it's anecdotal family history about great-great-aunt Amy, but I am following up to see where this lead may go!

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