Biography of C. Powell
Howard County, IN Biographies





C. POWELL, merchant, handling a full line of dry goods, notions, boots and shoes and groceries, and doing a good cash business of $10,000 per annum, was born in Fayette County, Ind., November 23, 1845, and is the son of John and Rebecca (Mappin) Powell, both natives of Kentucky. John Powell was a farmer who came to Fayette County near 1826. Here he lived a pioneer life, made a good home, and reared a family of seven children. He located in Liberty Township, Howard County, in 1857, where he lived for several years, when he moved to Howard Township, and one year later located in Greentown and superintended a farm of 116 acres, having accumulated about $20,000 worth of property. He and wife were prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and both died in 1866. Mr Powell was in early life a Whig; later he voted the Democratic ticket, but since the war had been a stanch Republican. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and received a fair education in the common schools. He was married, November, 1866, to Miss Malissa E. Walker, of Howard County. She was born in Henry County, Ind., July 29, 1849, and is the daughter of William and Sarah (Templeton) Walker. Two children bless this union - Frederick G. and Mary Ethel. At the age of eighteen, he began teaching school, and farmed and taught seven years. He sold his farm in 1872, and came to Greentown, purchased property and built a new frame house. The following fall, he and his brother started a general store with a $3,000 stock. This partnership was dissolved when they sold out in 1882. Mr. Powell began business again in November, 1882, and we find him today in the best business room in the town. He was appointed Postmaster in January, 1873, which position he held until May, 1882. He has filled the offices of Town Trustee and School Trustee. He is a member of the Republican party, and he and wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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