King Winter

In Nature's Byways

According to the book “Roscoe” by Dorothy Hunter 2013, Genevieve Cummings was in an operetta entitled “In Nature’s Byways” by Florence Lovejoy.  She was fourteen years old at that time.  It was performed at the Methodist church on May 29, 1921 and was later published. Mary Parker as Sunshine, Inez Richardson as Spring, Annie Burch as Birds, Louisa Wilcox as Rain, Genevieve Cummings as King Winter, Hazel Hendershott as Ice, and Florence Belden as Snow.

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

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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 1, 1939 May Powell’s letter to her daughter

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)

Dated: May 1, 1939

My Dear Dorothy:

This has been a fine day- Daddy and I made the best of it.  We have all our early garden made.  We put in early potatoes and green corn this afternoon.  We are so tired tonight.  Daddy is trying to get some help with cleaning the barn yard.  He thinks Frank Boland(?) might come tomorrow.  He was in Rockford helping his brother today but expects to come home tonight.  I hope he does come.

Daddy has his seeding all done.  The oats are coming up fine.  He will be anxious to get his corn in now.

We staid (sic) home all day yesterday and rested.  We didn’t have a caller all day long.  We had callers Sat. Eve.  Norman took a moving picture of our new baby1 last week when he went after Mrs. Cummings.  She staid there a week.  They came out to show it to us.  It was so sweet.  Genevieve and her mother were working in the kitchen.  G. picked up the baby and was trying to wake her up.  Then she was giving her a bath.  She looked so bright and happy.  Then she was dressed.

We couldn’t go down last week.  Rain hindered Daddy with his work.  One morning picture was Jr. hanging out the wash.  It was so natural.

We had a nice time at P. T. A. Fri. night.  The district school went off fine.  She will have one more meeting.  Victor Grevas had an operation on his leg in hopes that he can walk on it.  Ernest King hasn’t done very well.  They expect to take him to the hospital.

The school play was good Thursday night.  They have a band concert this week and one next week.  I don’t suppose we will go.  I would like to go to the Shirland Home Coming of the school Sat. Eve.  I got an invitation today.  They expect to have a baked ham supper.  I think Uncle Sam will be there.

How is your work going?  Have they offered you a job for another year?  Did you hear New York fair over radio yesterday?  We heard it over the band hour last night.  Alice said she heard the President as he opened it.  It is a big fair I guess.  It will be a nice place for folks taking a vacation.

Mary Graham called me one day and said Maria and her husband were in Baton Rouge and called on Leslie.  She wrote them about her visit there.  It was nice they called I think.

Did you have a happy birthday?  I must close now.  It’s about my bed time.  I’m going to stat mowing the yard this week.  Hope everything is fine with you.  With love and kisses,


Editorial Note: 1The new baby was Phyllis Mae Powell.

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1955 – The Roy Cummings Are Wed 50 Years

Thirty-eight relatives of the couple gathered for a family dinner at the home of their daughter Mrs. Wilbur Hopkins of Mount Morris, IL.

The man next to Elsie is Harry Bainbridge.  Mean was in the church basement.  The Hopkins lived in the parsonage next to the church.

Note: the announcement lists the wedding year as 1895 which conflicts with their marriage certificate that states 1905.   A 1905 wedding would put the 50th anniversary in 1955 which is most likely given the age of Joann Powell Gove in one of the pictures who was 11 years old at the time.

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Dwight and Genevieve Powell meet; The Cum-Rich Quartet is formed

This is based on an interview with Lucille Cummings Hopkins by Mark Gove on March 19, 2000. This was at a gathering after the burial of her sister Genevieve’s daughter Phyllis Powell.

Genevieve and Dwight Powell met in high school. They went to high school together because by that time we had a community high school. Up until this time, Roscoe had a 2-year high school. The new community high school included the Roscoe, Rockton, and Shirland area. It was such a little high school and they had classes together. In fact, Dwight dated one of Genevieve’s close friends, Inez Carlson (born Richardson). Inez was 92 and still going strong at the time of this interview.

The 2 Richardson girls had a younger brother and us 2 Cummings girls had an older brother, but we all grew up very close together.

The Cum-Rich Quartet; The back of the photo identifies the people as follows: Inez – piano, Lois – violin, Genevieve – sax, and Lucille – clarinet

Inez and Genevieve were very close in age as were Lois and I. So we were just always together. Inez played the piano, Genevieve picked up Norman’s old saxophone, and I played a clarinet my brother found at a sale one time. I put it together with rubber bands and toothpicks and learned to play the clarinet. Lois played the fiddle, so we had what we called “The Cum-Rich Quartet”.  We actually went out and played music to put on programs for people during the Depression. And they paid us even! We had a wonderful growing up in that wonderful town of Roscoe.

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