Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois

Dwight Powell and his siblings attended the one-room school house known as Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois.  The school remained opened until 1953 according to  Beloit Daily News, This Day In History, June 2, 2003: 50 Years Ago on June 2, 1953:  The one-room brick Coon Creek school near Rockton will be closed for good at the end of the school year this Friday; students living in the area served by the school now will attend Shirland school.

coon creek school building

One of Dwight’s mementos of those years is the school “yearbook” presented here. Click to enlarge.

“Coon Creek Pupils” – Names listed in the Class of 1915: George Anderson, Claude Austin, Lillian Austin, Sewall Austin, Elizabeth Clover, Lore Clover, Esther Dahlen, Madeline Harper, Dwight Powell, Leslie Powell, Marian Powell, George Taylor, Helen Taylor, Ray Thomas, Mildred Shepardson, Norman Shepardson

Class of 1924

Class of 1924

An aerial photo of the site is found in the: This is Winnebago County, Illinois  published in 1956 by Inland Photo Co. Chicago, IL

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Here is another photo of the school: As published  The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

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10th Anniversary Celebration- 1911

Dwight and May Powell received a surprise 10th anniversary party from their family and friends on October 17, 1911.  It was all the more surprising because their wedding date was March 2, 1902.   They received $17 as a token for which they purchased a set of dishes.  This information was logged in their original wedding album (link pending).  The gift money that was received is referenced in the poem shown below.

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In attendance at the party were Reverend Wesley Feldwisch and his wife Zoe.  Mrs. Feldwisch presented the following poem for the occasion:

Dearly Belov’d, we’re gathered here
as guests, tho’ uninvited,
But one and all with right good cheer
For surely are united.

In wishing Dwight and May the best
That this old world can give one,
And so with laugh and merry jest
We’ve watched the happy hours run.

We bring congratulations here
Tis joy you will agree
To visit our friends to us most dear
And their “olive branches” three.

Oft on (have cooked?) on a tableau here
Surely there is no other
That makes a picture quite as dear
As a sweet, devoted mother.

Doe’r listened to the father’s song
In his melodious bass
And wondered how he kept so long
That smile upon his face.

But these we know the reason is
That Heav’n has blessed this place,
And feel that all the praise is His,
Who keeps us by His grace.

Dear friends, we know that on this day
Nice gifts are quite the thing
But do forgive us if we say
Such things we could not bring.

However for so many days
(Pray do not think it shocking)
We’ve saved our cash, all we could raise
And kept it in a stocking.

For thine we knew it safe would lie
And you could “salt it down”
To purchase whate’er you wish to buy
Next time you go to town.

And, now, again we say to you,
Your friends all wish you well.
May joy and health and sorrows few,
By yours, while here you dwell.

Z. H. Feldwisch
Oct. 17, 1911


10th anniversary poem

10th anniversary poem

10th anniversary poem page 2

10th anniversary poem page 2

Family of Samuel Powell / Chapter V of “The Powell Family” book published 1906

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Samuel Powell, son of Thomas Powell, was born in Frederick county, Maryland, June 5, 1807; died January 2, 1873. Married Sarah Kern about 1834, who died January 10, 1892. He was a farmer and soon after marriage settled on a farm near Freeburg, Ohio, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was successful in business; owning two fair sized farms at the time of his death, which were acquired by hard and continuous labor. He was a loyal member of the M. E. Church. The society at Freeburg was maintained largely by his support and influence. His was the home of the Itinerant. It was a great pleasure to him, on quarterly meeting occasions, to have a large number of the brethren from the other appointments to go home with him for dinner, twenty or more being thus entertained at one time. He fell into line with the Republican party at its organization and continued a faithful adherent. Of the ten children born to them, all lived and raised families and built up homes of their own. His Widow, who survived him nineteen years, after the loss by fire of the house on the old home farm, moved to Marlboro, Ohio, where she lived until called to her eternal home. The old family Bible, with its records, was burned in the house.

(A) Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Samuel Powell, was born February 13, 1835. Married Lawrence Richter (who was born in Holland) April 19, 1860; died April 19, 1905. Mr. Richter was a blacksmith. They lived for a short time after marriage on her father’s farm and he worked at his trade. When Lincoln called for troops in 1861 he enlisted for three years in Co. K, 43d Regiment O.V. I. He re-enlisted and continued in the service until the close of the war. After his discharge he lived some time in the old neighborhood, then moved to Alliance, where they lived several years. From thence they moved to Sterling, Michigan, and later to a farm near Augress, same State, where he died. The widow continues to live on the old farm. The family are in fellowship with the Methodists and affiliate with the Republican party politically. Eight children were born of this union:

(a) Cora E. Richter—Born January 28, 1861. Married Oliver Fibado September 4, 1878. He is a teamster and they live in Bay City, Michigan. Twelve children were born to this union:

(1) Albert Fibado.—Born October 18, 1879. Married Hilda Yaher April 25, 1905.
(2) James A.—Born February 20, 1881; died May 24, 1891.
(3) Olive D. October 31,1882. Married Walter Schaff May 3, 1905. They live in Detroit, Michigan.
(4) Maggie B. February 26, 1885; died June 7, 1891.
(5) Arthur April 18, 1887; died March 1, 1888.
(6) Ida January 28, 1889; died November 1, 1891.
(7) Dora A. Born December 8, 1890.
(8) Rosa April 20, 1892.
(9) Clarence July 14, 1895.
(10) Florence July 13, 1897.
(11) Infant born January 27, 1900.
(12) Elma January 25, 1902: died in infancy.

(b) Emma J. Richter.—Born June 21, 1862. Married Fernando Cookson November 3, 1878. He is a carpenter and they live in Seattle, Washington. Seven children born to them:

(1) E. Minnie.~Born March 5, 1880. Married Charles W. Butterworth September 5, 1904. Live in Seattle, Washington. One son, William C., born September 5, 1905.
(2) Evelyn—Born March 27, 1884. Married Marion R. Thornton July 25, 1900. He is street car conductor and lives in Seattle, Washington. Two sons born to them: Albert, born June 18, 1901; and Fernando E, born October 6, 1903.
(3) Fernando—Born October 10, 1882; died April 4, 1883.
(4) Gertrude—Born January 4, 1886; died February 4, 1886.
(5) Leonard—Born July 15, 1889.
(6) Goldie F.—Born August 8, 1891.
(7) Emma J.——Born January 24, 1894.

(c) Sarah L. Richter.——Born October 9, 1866; died April 19, 1869.

(d) Ida M. Richter.—Born April 21, 1868. Married John Morris June 11, 1895. He is a farmer and they live at Dyra, Tennessee; They had four children; three dead and one living: (1) Earl Morris.

(e) Charles W. Richter.—Born September 2, 1870

(f) William M. Richter.—Born August 11, 1872. Married Sophia Burrister July 22, 1902. He is a sailor on the lakes. Their home is at Augress, Mich.

(g) Franklin S. Richter Born July 12, 1875. He married Coreen Martin and they have four children. He is a brakeman on the railroad and lives in Wisconsin.

(h) Benjamin P. Richter.——A twin brother of Franklin. Married Carrie Burrister June 29, 1905. He is a sailor and they live at Augress, Michigan.

(B) William Powell, son of Samuel Powell, was born April 26, 1836; died January 29, 1897. He married Lydia Lower January 28, 1858. He was a farmer and lived near Freeburg, Ohio, for a few years, operating a threshing machine in connection with farm work. He afterward bought a farm near Harrisburg, Stark county. About 1885 he took the contract to build the union school-house in Marlboro; That he might be near his work he moved to the village. Later he bought the property in which he had moved and lived there the remainder of his days. His widow still occupies the same house. He was a man of unusual strength and endurance, and seemed to have a delight in doing a little more than the ordinary. This peculiarity may have been the cause of the paralysis that finally ended his life. From early life he was a Methodist, and was loyal to the interests of the church.

His Wife and children are also members of the same church. He and his sons all staunch Republicans.

Five children were born of this union:

(a) Amanda .T.—Born May 23, 1859. Married H. C. Holibough October 11, 1877. They lived a number of years near Marlboro, Ohio, where Mr. H. was engaged in the fruit and nursery business. Later they moved to New Berlin, Ohio, Where he is engaged in the manufacture of cigars. They are members of the Christian Church and he is a Republican. Two children born to them: (1) Infant; (2) Robert M., born December 18, 1878. Married Wilda M. Snyder October 20, 1901. He is a farmer and lives near New Berlin, Ohio. A daughter, Bula, was born to them May 28, 1902; also an infant.

(b) John C.—-Born February 22, 1861. Married Sarah C. Bixler November 8, 1883. He is a farmer and has lived near Marlboro about all his life. Six children were born to these parents:

(1) Chloe E., born October 16, 1886: died in infancy, (2) Florence, born October 21, 1888; died in infancy (3) Irma L., born March 3, 1890 (4) Infant. (5) Howard W., born April 6, 1897; and (6) Hazel, born April 18, 1904.

(c) David June 30, 1863. Married Minnie Speelman November 25, 1885, who died April 18, 1891. He married Hattie Hively December 8, 1892. He is a farmer and has lived all his life in Marlboro township, Stark county, Ohio. A daughter, (1) Alvira L., born July 1, 1887, and a son, (2) Roy H., born December 8, 1889, are the fruit of first marriage. To the second union two Infants (3) (4) died; and two sons, (5) Raymond, born June 24, 1901, died April 9, 1902; and (6) Kenneth, born August 28, 1904, were given.

(d) Charles January 1, 1869. Married Elizabeth Brown October 4,1888. He is also a farmer and lives near Marlboro, Ohio.. Four sons bless this home: (1) Walter W., born February 9, 1889; (2) Clyde R, born October 31, 1890; (3) Ralph H., born September 4, 1894; and Russell L., born October 30, 1898..

(e) Phebe September 18, 1875. Married Delbert Hazen September 27, 1893. He is a farmer and lives near Marlboro, Ohio. The family are Methodists. Four children were born to them: (1) Walter M., born October 30, 1895; (2) Infant, born October 7, 1896; (3) Mabel. born August 24, 1897; and (4) Mildred, born October 2, 1900.

(C) David, son of Samuel Powell, was born November 25, 1837. Married Catharine Knoll March 7, 1861, who died January 28, 1898. He married Sarah A. Gibbens April 2, 1903. After his marriage he farmed and ran a threshing machine in the home neighborhood. In 1865 he moved to Marshall county, Indiana, near Bourbon, where he bought eighty acres of timber land and, as he says, “cut a hole in it and built a plank house. He then proceeded to clear the timber, deriving considerable income from sale of lumber. In 1869 he sold out and bought a cleared farm near by. In 1870 he bought an interest in a threshing machine, which he helped run, along with his farming, for twelve years. In 1882 he exchanged his farm near Bourbon for one of 200 acres near Plymouth, the county seat of same county, where he lived until 1901, when he returned to Bourbon township and farmed four years. The second marriage took place in the mean time. In March, 1905, he rented the farm and located in Bourbon, where he lives a retired life, enjoying the fruit of his labor, being in comfortable circumstances. With his happy, cheerful disposition, he should live many more years to help those around him by his neighborly kindness. He has always been “a red-hot” Republican. Two sons and a daughter were born of his first marriage:

(a) Charles July 21, 1863. Married Ida I Dill June 1; 1893, who was a successful teacher in the public schools. Began teaching at the early age of fifteen and taught thirty-four terms previous to marriage. Mr. P. has been employed at farming and operating threshing machines and a saw-mill ever since he was twenty years old. He is now giving more attention to the lumber business. He belongs to K. O. T. M. and I. O. O. F. orders, holding important official relations to both. He has succeeded in business and is in good financial standing, having quite considerable real and personal property. He lives near Bourbon, Indiana. Two sons were born to them: (1) Infant, born May 31, 1894; and (2) Lorie C., born December 6, 1898.

(b) Sarah L.—Born May 21, 1865; died February 15, 1872.

(c) William F.—Born October 14. 1872. Married Luella Moore April 15, 1900. Engaged in farming and threshing and is prospering. Live near Bourbon, Indiana. A daughter, (1) Vera, was born to them June 5, 1903.

(D) Ephraim, son of Samuel Powell, was born February 15, 1839. Married Nancy Geary of Homeworth, Ohio, August 5, 1862. He enlisted August 16, 1862, in Co. I, 115th Regiment O. V. I. His company was on detached duty most of the time, participating only in the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and some minor engagements along Stone River. Was mustered out July 5, 1865. A few days after reaching home he went to Winnebago county, Illinois, Where his wife had preceded him, and bought a farm of eighty acres near Rockton. They lived on this farm three years, then sold it and bought one of 160 acres near by, which he still owns. Two years later he moved to Chicago and was in business there five years. Then returned to the farm, where he now lives a retired life, his youngest son having assumed the management of the farm; He began a religious life at an early age and united with the church of his father’s, in which he has held an official relation much of the time, being class leader at this writing. Mrs. P. was also a Methodist before her marriage. As a result of their Christian living they are made to rejoice in seeing their children accept Christ and come into the church fold. They are fully awake on the temperance question, and so vote Prohibition. Three sons and a daughter live to comfort their parents.

(a) Parker S. – Born September 27, 1866. Married Adella Collins March 26, 1890. In addition to the public school he attended select school in Rockford two years, then for a short time attended the business college at same place. When of age he entered the office of a machine shop at Rockford as book-keeper, and holds his place still, at a good salary. A son, (1) Harold, born in 1892, and a. daughter, (2) Daisy born in 1895, bring sunshine to this home.

(b) Hattie E. – Born February 7, 1871. Married Mathew Graham April 10, 1891, who died in July of same year. She married Samuel Pollock February 1893. He is a minister of the M. E. Church and at this writing is completing his college work at Evanston, Illinois, where they reside. He is also serving a charge a few miles from the city.

Of the first marriage a son, (1) Mathew was born some months after his father’s death. He lived with his grandparents until thirteen years old, then went to his mother at Evanston and is in school. Two little girls are the fruit of the second marriage: (2) Mary E., born in 1899, and (3) Ruth A., born in 1901.

(c) Dwight E.—Born July 20,1878. Married Mary (sic; May) Pollock October 17, 1901. He attended business college at Rockford two years, then two years at agricultural college at Madison, Wisconsin. He then bought a farm adjoining his father where he now lives. He is chorister in the M. E. Church and also a steward. A son, (1) Alden, born in 1903, gladdens the home.

(d) Fred W. – Born May 29, 1880. Married Myrta Young December 26, 1901. He also attended business college at Rockford and is now farming the home place. He is a member of the M. E. Church and a Prohibitionist. Two children came to them: (1) one dying in infancy, and (2) Leland Parker, born in 1904.

(E) Lovina, daughter of Samuel Powell, born July 5, 1841; died October 28, 1899. She was mar- ried to Henry Paulin September 19, 1861. He enlisted in 1862 in Co. I, 115th Regiment 0. V. 1., and took part with that company as noted in sketch of Ephraim Powell, with Whom he soldiered. The family moved west soon after his discharge, living in Iowa. and Kansas. He was a farmer and now lives in Washta, Iowa. We have failed to secure a sketch of this family, for which we are sorry, and must be content with a simple record. There were born to this union six children:

(a) William June 28, 1862. Married Hester Logan November 25, 1884, who died October 28, 1901. He is a carpenter and lives at Crookston, Minnesota. Six children were born to them: (1) Charles, born December 3. 1885; a farmer and lives at Crookston. (2) Edgar, born February 22, 1887. He is a farmer and lives at Crookston also. (3) Vernroy, born August 1. 1888.

Illini Horticulture May 1948: “Meet the Dwight Powell Family”

powell illini horticulture cover mag

VOL. 37


MAY 1948

To most growers, Dr. Dwight Powell needs no introduction, his many timely and useful recommendations to Illinois Horticulturists are appreciated by all. Dwight is one the few men who has been able to unite the practical with the research and scientific side of Horticulture, and brings to the growers something timely and useful they can understand. He has become the envy of all college men and growers in the state for his rare ability to always keep his feet on the ground.

The town of Rockton, Illinois, claims Dwight Powell as a favorite son. It is located just about 10 miles north of Rockford up in Northern Illinois and as Les Stone says, “All good things­ come from Northern Illinois.” His early education started in the Coon Creek Schools a country school. (However, I’m told Dwight was never a Coon Hunter). Later he attended high school in Rockton, where he met his charming wife, the former Genevieve Cummings, who lived just about four miles the other side of town. He was soon overcome by her charm and personality, which I can readily understand after a recent visit to the Powell home in Urbana.

Dwight later attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctors degrees. While an undergraduate he worked part time at the Quality Restaurant, and became an authority on Foods and Restaurants, and I’m told he is an excellent ‘judge of restaurants’ to this day. The interesting thing which many of us did not realize is that Dwight was trained as an entomologist and has his Doctors degree in Entomology with a Minor in Pathology. (We always wondered how he could stay up with Chandler).

As a speaker, Dwight has a national reputation; just last winter he spoke before the Colorado Horticulture Society, has appeared before the American Phytopathological Society as well as many neighboring Horticulture Societies and every Horticultural organization in the state of Illinois. He is a member of Sigma Xi, an Honorary Society of Scientists. He is also chairman of the sub-committee on Fungicide Nomenclature of the American Phytopathological Society. His business training includes about eight years experience in operating and part owning a Pest Control Business in Champaign.

More recently Dwight, in partnership with Wm. Smith, became the proud owners of the Paul Hill apple orchard in Clark County at Martinsville, Ill. This orchard consists of about 65 acres of bearing apple trees from 1.5 to 25 years old, and about 25 acres of trees from 2 to 7 years old. The varieties include Stayman, Winesap. Golden Delicious, Jonathon and Delicious, and others. (We shall probably visit this orchard on our summer tour). One year’s experience in the apple business has taught him more than many of us learn in a lifetime. They are now more or less setting the orchard up as a testing orchard so that many of us may profit by their experiences.

Dwight’s timely advice will no doubt be a factor in the successful operations of the Horticultural Society of Illinois for the ensuing year. We personally are looking forward to Dwight Powell’s future as a Pathologist, as a speaker, as a scientist, as a grower, and as a father.

(Ed. Note: When at the Powell home recently were about 10 children on the frònt porch, but Mrs. Powell quickly in­formed me that they were not all members of the Powell family).
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Family of Ephraim Powell / Chapter VI of “The Powell Family” book published 1946

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(IV) Ephraim, son of Samuel Powell, was born February 15, 1839; died January 10, 1919. Married Nancy Geary of Homeworth, Ohio, August 5, 1862, who died March 1, 1914. He served in Co. I, 115th Regiment O. V.  I. in the Civil War. After the War, he farmed near Rockton, Illinois. They were loyal and active Methodists. Four Children were born to them: Parker, Hattie, Dwight, Fred.

(A) Parker Samuel, was born September 27, 1866. Attended business college at Rockford, Illinois.  Was employed by the Ingersoll Milling Co., for 35 years.  Is now retired. He married Addelle Collins, March 26, 1890, Who died December 1, 1940. Present address: 2011 Cumberland St., Rockford, Illinois.

Two children were born to them: Harold, Daisy.
(a) Harold Maurice, born December 29, 1891, at Rockford, Illinois. Married Hazel Spielman of Freeport, Illinois October 5, 1923. He is employment Manager for the J. I. Case Farm Implement Factory at Rockford. Address: 422 Fulton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois.

(b) Daisy Lorain, born November 23, 1893 at Rockford, Ill. Married Lawrence K. McFarland of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, March 12, 1917. Address: 2011 Cumberland St., Rockford, Illinois,

(B) Hattie Elizabeth, was born February 7, 1871, died December 20, 1932. She married Mathew Graham, April 10, 1891, who died July 1891. She married Samuel E. Pollock, February, 1893, who was a Methodist minister. He died February 13, 1944 at Irvington, Alabama. There was one son of the first marriage: Mathew; and two daughters and one son of the second marriage: Mary, Ruth, Howard.
(a) Mathew Graham, born January, 5, 1891. Married LaFerne Bell of Hillsdale, Michigan in 1915. He is manager of Thompson Products Co., of Detroit, Michigan. Address: 65 Roslyn Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.  One daughter: Phyllis LaFerne.

(1) Phyllis LaFerne: born September 26, 1919. Married John Wood, October 4, 1941. Address: 65 Roslyn Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. One daughter: (2/ 1) “Wendy” Wood, born August 9, 1945.

(b) Mary E. Pollock, born April 11, 1899. Married Arthur Maplethorpe, September 21, 1920, who served in World War I. Address: Antioch, Illinois.

Four children: James, Arthur, Charles, Mary Jean.

(1) James Edgar Maplethorpe, born September 25, 1921. Served in the armed forces overseas in World War II.

(2) Arthur Maplethorpe, Jr. born June 12, 1924. Is Serving in the Navy.

(3) Charles Philip Maplethorpe, born November 30, 1925. Is in the A.S.T.P.

(4) Mary Jean Maplethorpe, born March 31, 1929.

(c) Ruth A. Pollock, born May 16, 1900. Married Walter I. Scott, November 9, 1932. He is a business man- milk dealer. Address: Antioch, Illinois. One daughter, Nancy Elizabeth.

(1) Nancy Elizabeth Scott, born November 12, 1941.

(d) Howard Robert Pollock, born July 19, 1910; died April 19, 1914.

(C) Dwight Ephraim was born July 20, 1878, Attended business college at Rockford, Illinois and agricultural college at Madison, Wisconsin. Married May Pollock, October 17, 1901, who died May, 1939. Methodists. Farmer. Address: Rockton, Illinois. Four children: Alden, Marian, Dwight Jr., Dorothy.

(a) Alden Leslie, born November 27, 1902 at Rockton, Illinois. Attended Illinois University, received his Ph. D. in Political Science in 1934. Is Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.  Married Vera Mace, August 16, 1930. Methodist.   Address: Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Have an adopted son, William Mace.

(1) William Mace, born 1941.

(b) Marian Lucile, born April 1, 1906 at Rockton, Illinois. Graduated in 1926 from Rockford Hospital School for Nurses. Attended Illinois University. Received B. A. degree in 1933. Married Park Davis Morgan, September 23, 1933. He is a Captain in the Army in the Anti-Aircraft Division. He formerly was employed as mechanical engineer for the Standard Oil Company. Methodist.  Home address: Munster, Indiana. One son: John Park. (1) John Park Morgan, born February 3, 1940.

(c) Dwight Jr., born October 4, 1908 at Rockton, Illinois. Received B.A. degree from Illinois University in 1933 and Masters degree in Entomology in 1935 and Ph. D. in June, 1943. Is doing research Work in the Horticultural Department at the University of Illinois. Married Genevieve Cummings, August 16, 1935. Methodist. Address: 503 W. High, Urbana, Illinois. Three children: Phyllis Mae, Dwight Alden, Joann Lucille.

(1) Phyllis Mae, born March 26, 1939.

(2) Dwight Alden, born January 21, 1943.

(3) Joann Lucille, born January 7, 1944.

(d) Dorothy, born April 27, 1912 at Rockton. Attended Illinois University, received B. A. degree in 1933 and Masters degree in 1937 in English, at the Louisiana State University. Is a teacher by profession. Was an Ensign in the W.A.V.E.S. Methodist. Home address: Rockton, Illinois.

(D) Fred Wesley, born May 29, 1880. Attended business college at Rockford, Iliinois. Married Myrta Young, December 26, 1901. Farmer. Address: Rockton, Ill. Three children: Lamont, Leland, Marjorie.

(a) Lamont Eugene, born September 25, 1902; died in infancy.

(b) Leland Parker, born June 28, 1904. Married Beverly MacDonald, January 19, 1929. Government Engineer. Three children:  Rita, Pamela Joyce, Jocelyn Lee.

(1) Cherilee Rita, born September 19, 1930, at Shirland, Illinois

(2) Pamela Joyce, born April 8, 1935 at Olympia, Washington.

(3) Jocelyn Lee, born October 13, 1941, Kodiak Island, Alaska.

(G) Marjorie Joy, born December 26, 1907. Married Francis J. Cunningham, July 21, 1929. Address: 2011 Twenty-Fourth Ave., North, Seattle, Washington. Three children: Judith Marie, James Richard, Anne Jarvis.

(1) Judith Marie Cunningham, born May 16, 1930 at Seattle, Washington.

(2) James Richard Cunningham, born December 25, 1931 at Seattle, Washington.

(3) Anne Jarvis Cunningham, born August 14, 1933 at Seattle, Washington.


May 9, 1939 May’s letter to her daughter

Life appears to be going quite nicely for May.  Only the Lord knows how long each of us has on this earth.  This is one of three letters I have from May that were written just weeks before she died on May 18, 1939.

To:  Dorothy Powell
From:  May Pollock Powell (her mother)

Dorothy Powell about 1935

Dated:  May 9, 1939

My  Dear Dorothy,

I’m a day late with your letter but Daddy had a school board meeting here last night.  We have had such nice weather the last week.  We had rain Sun. night and nearly all day Mon.  It did lots of good, I have wanted to go to Beloit to get me some shoes and a hat and some curtains for the dining room.  Daddy said he could go Mon. afternoon because it was raining so I went.  He also had time to take down the storm windows and put up the screens.

It is nice today.  The plum trees have been full of blossoms.  The apple trees are out this week.  They sprayed the trees last week.  The baby iris is out also the Japanese quince and flowering almond.

The garden looks nice.  I put the gladiolas out today and some flower seeds.  Daddy has been plowing the pieces back of the barn today.  He is going to hire some of his planting done.

Alice and the reading circle had a picnic tonight in Rockton.  She came home early from school and went with Lois Musselman and Evelyn Wood.  She furnished a salad and dessert that was easy to fix.  Tomorrow her school will eat dinner in our woods.  She is invited to a picnic of Shirland schools Thurs. night.  She will only have three weeks after this week.

Elaine and Josie had a very nice social Sat. Eve.  We went to the supper at 7 o’clock.  They had baked ham.  It was so good.  They gave a very good program.  The school band was very good.  They had a good leader.  There were all little tots.

We went to church Sunday.  We had 60 in S. S.

I hope Jr. can come home next Sun.  Mrs. Cummings thought they might.  Would I love to see my little grand daughter.

I congratulate you on winning first place with your annual.  That must have made you feel good.  Wasn’t it nice you got your contract for next year too.  Alice got hers last night.  They are going to give her $90.  She wants to stay here.  George meets in the school house Fri. night.  No one wanted to entertain.  The ladies are cleaning house.  Leslie is so happy thinking of his trip.  I hope it will be very pleasant for you all.  Uncle Sam didn’t come for the Shirland Home Coming.  He wrote that he was so busy now.  Ruth had her tonsils out and was feeling better.  Uncle Park and Aunt Dell called Sun.  She has her cleaning all done but her kitchen.  Hazel and Harold live a mile from them mow.

Well my dear, good night.  Hope you are fine.  How is your music?  Heaps of love,


Evolution of a Laugh – D. E. Powell

Dwight E. Powell Sr. with two of his grandkids, Joann and Dwight A. Powell.  Circa 1947.

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