Patrick POWERS, engaged in farming on section 5, Saratoga township and also finding stock raising a
profitable source of income, was born in
county, Illinois, near the city
of Peoria, on the 2d of
November, 1858. His parents, Thomas and Mary (PHALEN) POWERS,
were both natives of
and the former died in the year 1895. The mother is still living
and is a devout member of the Catholic church. In the family
were the following named: Mrs. Maggie DRISCOLL, who is living
upon a farm in Bureau county, Illinois; James, Hannah, Alice, Ellen, Mary Ann and Julia, all now
deceased; and Patrick of this review.
In taking up the personal history of Patrick POWERS we
present to our readers the life record of one who is widely and
favorably known in this part of the state. The removal of his
parents to Marshall
county enabled him to become a student in what is known as the
school in Saratoga
township, and there he mastered the branches of learning which
well qualified him for life’s practical and responsible duties.
At the age of thirty years he began farming for himself on the
old homestead, comprising three hundred and twenty acres of good
land, and he now has a splendidly developed property with rich
and productive fields, from which are annually garnered large
harvests. He also feed cattle and hogs and his live stock
interests are an important branch of his business.
In 1890 Mr. POWERS was united in marriage to Miss Nellie
MAHONEY, who was born in Stark county,
Illinois, and their union has been
blessed with two sons and two daughters: James L., born in 1891;
Mary Eva, in 1896; Nora B., in 1899; and Patrick Francis, August
17, 1906. Mr. POWERS votes independently. He is not an aspirant
for office, preferring to give his time and energies to his
business affairs. In his religious faith he is Catholic, having
always adhered to the church in which he was reared. Almost his
entire life has been passed in
county and the years have brought him a wide acquaintance, while
his sterling traits of character have gained for him the warm
regard of many friends.
Extracted 10 May 2011 by Norma Hass from
Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.
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