The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, January 21, 1909
WILLIAM GARDER POWERS was born in Fayette County, Ohio, Oct. 12th, and died of pneumonia at his family residence in Chariton, Jan. 13th, 1909. The length of his earthly pilgrimage being 84 years, 3 months and 1 day.
He was married to EMILY J. BLAIR in Logan County, Ohio, March 27, 1849. In
the fall of that year he came with his young wife to live on a farm near
Eddyville, Wapello County, Iowa. They spent nearly 20 years of home making
in that county. They moved to Chariton about 40 years ago occupying their
present residence on Linden Avenue.
There were born to this couple twelve children as follows: SARAH J., ROBERT
B., ETTYBELLE, EMILY C., JOSIE, WM. C. JR., BUTLER H., VICTORIA, EDWARD J., FREDERICK C., EVA M., and HARRY P., seven of whom are living with the faithful consort to mourn their loss of father and husband.
There are also 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
One remarkable thing about the history of this family is, that there has not
been a death in it till now for 40 years.
The funeral services were held at the family residence on Saturday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. C.E. Wells, Pastor of the Christian Church, assisted by Rev. Hugh Moore of the Baptist Church. The body was taken to Ottumwa for burial. At that city the cortege was met by MRS. EMILY C. CREEL, a daughter and MR. FRED C. POWERS, a son, besides other relatives and friends. A short funeral service was held at the Chapel of Ottumwa Cemetery and the body laid peacefully at rest in the family lot. Mr. C.H. Younkin and S.L. McGarvic, former residents of Chariton were among the pall bearers at the Ottumwa service.
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May 5, 2005
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