From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 622-623


J. Clark Powers, the oldest living representative of the Powers family in York Township, is a son of Stephen A. and Mary Ann Powers.  He was born in Allegany County, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1825, and was in the twelfth year of his age when his parents settled in this county and has since been identified with and a resident of York Township.  The homestead (original) was in what is now Scott Township.  Mr. Powers received his education in his early days from his father, who was an educated, cultured man, and a teacher forty-two winters, including the schools taught in this county.  J. Clark Powers was also a teacher; commencing in his nineteenth year he taught several terms in this State, Ohio, and Michigan before his marriage, and afterward taught in the winter, attending to the cultivation of his farm in the summer.  He is a finely educated gentleman, thanks to the teachings of his father and his own studious habits.  He is one of York's best citizens, alive to all that pertains to the advancement of the interest of his township, socially and materially.  He is a reliable man and has often been trusted with the settlement of estates and the guardianship of children, his honorable life and well-known integrity peculiarly fitting him for such trusts.  After his marriage he settled on the farm where he now lives where he owns eighty acres of valuable land.  He was married May 18, 1854, to Rozell Campbell, a native of Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., Mich., daughter of George and Eliza Campbell, her father a native of Vermont and her mother of Watertown, N. Y.  They settled in Michigan in 1829, the mother dying in Hillsdale County, that State, in 1865, and the father in Toledo, Ohio, in 1877.  Mrs. Powers is an educated lady, genial, and hospitable, enjoying this life and spreading sunshine along everybody's pathway with whom she is associated.  Before her marriage she was a school-teacher, an occupation to which by nature and education she was well adapted.  Mr. and Mrs. Powers have three children -- George S., of Greenwood, Kas.; Howard, of Nebraska, and Mary E., of Dennison City, Texas.



Submitted by Kim Davoli