Lee County Biography


AUSTIN POWERS, Section 31, Palmyra Township, Lee County, Ill., was born in the township where he now resides, Oct. 18, 1857, son of Abijah and Amanda M. (Sprout) Powers, being the youngest in a family of six children. His father and paternal grandfather (Joseph Powers) settled in Palmyra Township in 1838. Abijah Powers was a man of practical ideas and was elected to represent his township as Supervisor for five years, and in 1876 was elected to the General Assembly of Illinois. He was prominent as a breeder of thoroughbred short-horned cattle and through his industrious habits accumulated a large estate. He died July 24, 1891. Austin Powers grew to maturity on his father's farm, and obtained his elementary education in the public schools at Prairieville, Ill., later becoming a student in Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. On January 6, 1881, he married Adella Tallman, daughter of Jesse H. Tallman and wife, early settlers of Clinton County, Iowa. To Mr. and Mrs. Powers four children have been born, viz.: Grace (died in infancy), Leroy, Luella, and Edna. Mr. Powers became owner of his father's estate at the time of the latter's death in 1891. This farm is kept in a high state of cultivation, shade and fruit trees are planted as occasion requires, barns and other buildings are arranged so as to shelter stock and grain to the best advantage, and the general appearances of his well-kept premises give evidence of the owner's constant and careful supervision. Mr. Powers has a constant and increasing demand for select seed-corn, as he makes a specialty of cultivating that cereal, and by scientific tests retains only the choicest grain for planting. In politics Mr. Powers is a Republican and was Assessor of his township two years, at the present time is Trustee of the School Board, and is also crop reporter in Lee County for the Illinois State Board of Agriculture. He and his family are members of the Fourth Street Methodist church, Sterling, Ill., and he is Superintendent of the Sunday School in the Prairieville Union cchurch.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell

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