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Notes for Orville Wendell POWELL


Residences & events;

Moultrie Co, IL, near Sullivan. He lived most of his life in the same vicinity.

1919 Orville enlisted in the US Army where he served for 2 years as a clerk. The newspaper carried a photo of him with the following caption and story:

"Corporal Orville W. Powell of Camp Taylor, KY, arrived on Saturday for a few hours visit with home folks. The officers of his division secured the pass and paid the expenses for him as a token of appreciation for the many favors he had done for them at camp. This shows the esteem in which he is held by the officers. He hopes to get a longer furlough in the near future."

1921 He began returned to teaching and continued for 27 years, considered by many to be one of the best teachers in the county. He passed his love for teaching down to daughter, Frances, who followed the family tradition. He was always active in school affairs and headed the survey committee which led to the consolidation of rural and city schools into the Sullivan District.

4/12/1930 Jonathan Creek Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time Orville W, 34, had married for the first time at age 23 to Frances M, 32, who was 21 at the time. They had only one little girl, Francis M, 5. Orville had married for the first time at age 23 and Frances at 21. Orville was a grain farmer, owned their home and had a radio as well.

1930-1949 He was listed among the teachers of Reedy School.

Orville had suffered from a heart condition for several years but had recovered from previous attacks following hospitalization.

His obituary described him as a prominent Jonathan Creek farmer. He was also a member of the County Public Welfare Comm, the American Legion, and the Farm Bureau, as well as being an active member of the Jonathan Creek Christian church were he was an honarary elder.

The funeral was held at Jonathan Creek Christian Church, near
Sullivan, IL, with Rev Donald Ridgeway conducting. Pallbearers were
all relatives: cousins, Charles W and John Shuman, Denzel and Hubert
Powell, and Donald and Guy Bolin Jr.
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