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Thomas H. Powell

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Thomas H. Powell

Posted: 1 Mar 2004 10:47PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Powell, Mirley & Glassborn
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 790-91

Thomas H. Powell has a foremost place among the leading men of Warren township, where he has been engaged for years in a successful farming enterprise. In the years of his residence here he has carried his full share of the burden of civic responsibility and has held office on numerous occasions. His latest incumbency along those lines is his election to the office of county commissioner of the North district of Huntington county, to which he was elected in 1912, and began his services in January, 1913.

Mr. Powell was born in Carroll county, Maryland, on May 29, 1862, a son of Jacob H. and Catherine (Mirley) Powell, both of whom were born in Maryland and there spent all of their lives up to the years 1868, when they migrated to Miami county, Indiana. There they continued as residents until death, the father dying in 1905 and the mother in 1913. They were the parents of five children, all of whom are living at this writing: Charles D. is farmer in Miami county; Thomas H., the second born, is the subject of this review; Jennie I. is the wife of J. L. Kern, of Polk township, Huntington county; Mary C. is the wife of Jacob J. Gearhart, of Miami county; and Saville E. is unmarried and lives in Peru.

Thomas H. Powell was but six years old when the family came to Indiana from Maryland. He spent his youth at home on the farm, attending the district schools in season and otherwise deporting himself in the manner of the farmer youth of his day. He worked at home for his father until 1888, being then twenty-five years old.

At that age Mr. Powell married, Miss Geneva Glassborn, of Miami county, becoming his wife. After his marriage Mr. Powell and his bride lived on a rented farm until 1904, in which year he purchased one hundred acres of land on section 35, Warren township, and in 1905 he took up his residence there with his family. He has prospered in his farming activities, and has one of the productive and presentable places of the township.

To Mr. and Mrs. Powell four children have been born. George, the eldest, is a graduate of the common schools. He married Delilah Harter, and they live on the Harter farm. Bennie is now attending school, as is also John. The eldest child was a daughter, Nora E., who was married in 1908 to Sterling Dubbs, and to that union one child was born. In 1911, on October 18th, she and her husband and child were killed in an automobile by a train on the Wabash Railroad west of Huntington. The automobile was driven by George Bectold, but he was not killed.

Mr. Powell is a member of Antioch Lodge, No. 410, A. F. & A. M., and of Westpoint Lodge, No. 688, I. O. O. F. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, and are sincere and well meaning church people, of many excellent traits. Mr. Powell’s political and civic activities have already been touched upon, so that further mention of that phase of his career is scarcely necessary at this point, and it will suffice to say that he is a man who has the best interests of his township and county at heart, and that his citizenship is of the type that bespeaks progress and civic well being for the community in which its possessor may reside.

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