Marshall County

POWERS, Patrick

Patrick POWERS, engaged in farming on section 5, Saratoga township and also finding stock raising a profitable source of income, was born in Peoria county, Illinois, near the city of Peoria, on the 2d of November, 1858. His parents, Thomas and Mary (PHALEN) POWERS, were both natives of Ireland 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 Wilson 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 Marshall 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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