From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 623


Myron Powers, son of Winn and Betsey (Reeves) Powers, was born in Allegany County, N. Y., Aug. 19, 1826, and came to York Township with his parents July 8, 1837.  He has witnessed the change of Steuben County from a wild, heavily timbered tract of land, inhabited by Indians, to its present state of advanced cultivation, thrifty farms and prosperous villages, and has assisted materially in producing this change.  He remained with his parents till manhood, helping to clear and improve the farm.  He was married Dec. 7, 1851, to Eliza Dillingham, a native of Ontario County, N. Y., born May 22, 1831, daughter of Jeremiah and Nancy (Thayer) Dillingham, who moved to Lenawee County, Mich., in the fall of 1836, and in February, 1838, settled in York Township, Steuben Co., Ind.  Her father was born Sept. 14, 1786, and died Aug. 8, 1858.  Her mother was born Dec. 31, 1791, and died Sept. 28, 1883.  After the death of her husband she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Powers.  To Mr. and Mrs. Powers have been born four children, but two of whom are living -- Bettie, wife of John H. Dunham, and Elmo, born in 1872.  Mr. Dunham resides on and has charge of the homestead of Mr. Powers.  Their eldest child, Esky E., died Feb. 3, 1854, aged 10 months and 11 days; Erwin died Sept. 7, 1859, aged three years three months and sixteen days.  Mr. Powers commenced married life on the farm where he has since lived, on section 30, York Township.  He owns 160 acres of valuable land all well improved.  His residence and farm buildings are large and commodious, and all in good repair.  He is one of the solid, substantial citizens of the township, of good record and established reputation, honorable, energetic and perfectly reliable in all his business transactions.  In politics he is a Democrat, in religion a believer in the final restoration of all mankind.  He has been trusted with different positions of responsibility and has served several terms as Township Trustee.



Submitted by Kim Davoli