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William Powers ambition was to see children educated and remain free of debt


Another of Lauderdale’s Oldest and Best Citizens Gone

(transcribed from Times Daily July 24, 1890, Florence, Alabama)

This well-known citizen of Lauderdale county died at his home six miles north of Florence on Saturday, the 19th inst. Mr. William Powers was born in North Carolina in 1810, and when a small boy came to Lauderdale. At his home where he died he had lived forty-five years.

Was a tax assessor

He was once, before the war, tax assessor, and for half a century was a prominent and influential man in the county. Although not a highly educated man himself, he succeeded in educating his children, to adorn the homes and educational institutions of our town and country.

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Wanted to remain free from debt

One of the ambitions of his life was to see all his children educated and another was to remain free from debt.

It is thought that his death came from a severe attack of la grippe, which he had last spring and from which he never recovered.

Mr. Powers had a large number of relatives and friends who mourn his death.  (He is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lauderdale County, Alabama)

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