Stephen A. Powers
Died in Mancelona, Antrim Co., Michigan Saturday 5 Oct 1872,
Stephen A. Powers age 72 years. The subject of the above, merits more
than a mere passing notice. He was the oldest of a large family of
brothers, nearly all of whom were among the early settlers of the town of
York, Steuben Co., IN, migrating there from New York, which was their native
state. He was a thorough scholar and during his lifetime, was honored
with numerous positions of trust and profit. As a parent, citizen and
neighbor, he was kind and generous to a fault, and none about him ever suffered
when any act of his would afford relief. He was a member in high standing
in both the Odd Fellows and Masonic Fraternities and was buried with the
solemn ceremonies of the latter order.
When the war of the great rebellion broke out, he determined
to enter the military service and though the storms of 61 winters had passed
over his head, he insisted that he was still young enough to aid in maintaining
the supremacy of the constitution and laws of his country and defend it against
the attack of rebels and traitors. He served nearly a year in Co. A.
44th Regt. Ind. Vols. with which it was our fortune to be connected.
Failing health finally rendered his discharge from service absolutely necessary,
though he protested against it.
Something over a year ago, he took up his residence in Antrim
County, where his truly eventful life was terminated. His wife, the
partner of his youth, survives him, and she has the sympathies of an unusually
large circle of relatives and friends. “Big Rapids Magnet”
Steuben Republican 30 Oct 1872 p.3 c.3