From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 417-418


Stephen Powers, attorney at law, Angola, Ind., was born in York Township, Steuben Co., Ind., Dec. 28, 1851, a son of Clark and Hannah (Ketchum) Powers.  He received a good literary education, attending the Angola High School and the Hillsdale (Mich.) College.  In 1865 he began the study of law with Woodhull & Croxton.  In the winter of 1868 and 1869 he taught school in the Town Hall in York Township.  In 1870 he was appointed a cadet in the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, but resigned in 1871, an act he has always regretted.  He then taught three years in the graded school of Fremont, and in January, 1874, went to Chicago and attended the Northwestern Law School one term.  He was admitted to the bar of the Steuben Circuit Court at the September term of 1874, and Oct. 1 began his practice in Fremont, Ind.  May 1, 1875, he came to Angola, and was admitted to the firm of Woodhull & Croxton, changing the name to Woodhull, Croxton & Powers.  In the fall of 1876 Mr. Woodhull was appointed Circuit Judge, and withdrew from the firm.  A short time afterward the firm of Croxton & Powers was dissolved, and Mr. Powers practiced alone until March 17, 1877, when he formed a partnership with A. T. Bratton, which continued till September, 1878.  April 1, 1883, he formed a partnership with Emmet A. Bratton, which was dissolved Aug. 8, 1884, and he is now practicing alone.  He is ambitious, and bends all his energies to succeed in his profession.  On May 20, 1885, he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Indiana.  He is one of the most popular attorneys in Angola, and is regarded as a rising man by his brother practitioners.  His practice has been a lucrative one, and he has a large landed estate in the county, besides considerable city property.  In politics he is a Democrat, and has held several offices in the town of Angola, but does not aspire to official honors.  He is an honored member of the Odd Fellows' order.  Mr. Powers was married Oct. 9, 1876, to Dora Ferrier, daughter of William and Olive Ferrier, old settlers of Angola.  They have one child -- Clela.



Submitted by Kim Davoli