Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Francis Marion "Frank" POWELL

Residences & events in his life:

1875 Moultrie Co, IL. At age 21 he rented a farm which he worked in the summers for 3 years while teaching school.

1879 Moultrie Co, IL. He bought an 80 acre farm which he later sold and bought a hardware store from H.O. Snyder & Co. He kept a stock of about $4,000 in the store and in connection with that, also operated a harness business.

6/16/1880 Jonathan Creek Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time Frank was a 25 year old farmer. He and Leona, 23, had their first 2 childrenIvy M, 3, and Sylva J, 1. Next door was sister Mary and James Drew, probably Leoma's brother as well.

7/5/1900 Bourbon Twp, Douglas Co, IL. Having moved before the next census, Frank M, 45, was a grain dealer. He and Leoma, 44 had been married 24 years with 3 children, all living. Sons, Sylvan Z, 20, and Otis E, 15, were still in the house..

1907 Tuscola, Douglas Co, IL

1915 461 E Condit St, Decatur, Macon Co, IL, was their address when grandson, Hugh, married. Frank was a grain dealer with offices in the Gushard and Wait buildings. On source said he carried on business there for 15 years, buying grain in Arthur, Fairbanks, Cadwell, and Tuscola.

Prior to moving to Hammond, they were given a surprise farewell party at the home of son, Otis, by the Atwood Crochet Club of which Leona was a member. "The evening was pleasantly spent in conversation and music. Pumpkin pie, sandwiches and coffee were served. The other surprise occurred when their grandson, Lieutenant Hugh P Rigney, who
is home on a ten days' leave from Camp Hancock, appeared with a bride."

1915 Hammond, Douglas Co, IL, where he was in charge of the grain elevator.

1919 Bement, IL

12/23/1919 Frank served as toastmaster for the annual ladies' Atwood (IL) club. The newspaper said he "in his able manner, kept the spirit of Christmas joy abounding until 8:30 when the children of the club gave their program....Frances Powell then sang a Christmas carol prepatory to the appearance of old Santa..."

1921 Decatur, Macon Co, IL was his address at the time of the annual Powell family reunion.

1923 Denver, CO

1925 California was their residence when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

1926 & 1927 Decatur, Macon Co, IL, was his address when he signed the Powell family reunion rosters.

1928 Arthur, Douglas Co, IL, was their address when Leona was moved to the IOOF Home in Mattoon.

1928 IOOF home, Mattoon, Coles Co, IL. It is uncertain if Frank moved into the nursing home at the same time as Leona or a little later. At any rate, he too was a resident there.

1931 He attended the Powell reunion for the last time.

His death was noted in the Powell family reunion notes.

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