Pages 239-240, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JOHN ELLISON POWELL, of the firm of Henderson & Powell, of Iola, is a son of John Powell, one of the early settlers of Carlyle township, Allen county. The latter came to the county in 1860 and located upon a claim in section 34 where he opened a farm, improved it and has since resided upon it. He came to Kansas, directly, from Macon county, Illinois, previously from Madison county, Indiana, and starting his migration to the westward from Sciota county, Ohio. He was born in that county January 31, 1826, and his father was John Powell, a farmer, who died at an early age. The latter's mother was the first white child born in Lawrence county, Ohio.

John Powell, our subject's father, married Rachel Quick, a daughter of James Quick, who was one of the first settlers of Carlyle township and emigrated from Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. The Powell children of this union are: Dora, wife of Orrin Lake, of Round Valley, California; P. Jasper Powell, of Anderson county, Kansas; Celena Powell, who married M. E. Hutchinson, of Iola; J. Ellison Powell; Mary Powell; Ada, wife of James Carter, of Iola; Emma and Cora Powell, teachers of Allen county.

J. E. Powell was born in Allen county, Kansas, June 4, 1860. He was schooled at Maple Grove and finished his education at the Fort Scott Business College. When he left the parental roof at the age of twenty-five years it was to engage in the real estate business at Buffalo, Kansas. Later he became associated with H. L. Henderson in the same business in Iola. The press for business in that line became so great in Iola that farming seemed more profitable and Mr. Powell retired to his farm in Geneva. Three years later when prosperity dawned upon our city and


activity centered in real estate Mr. Powell again joined Mr. Henderson and the firm has been one of the prominent ones of Iola.

June 8, 1891, Mr. Powell married Dora, a daughter of Samuel Fullwider. Mrs. Powell was born in Anderson county, Kansas, June 15, 1868. Their children are: Narcissus, Jasper M., Fay M. and Ival Powell.

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