Honorable Simeon S. Powers was born in Chautauqua
County, New York, April 7, 1836, where his early life
was spent till the age of nineteen in attending the
common schools and working on a farm, one year of
which was spent in studying the higher branches at
the academy in Jamestown. In 1857 he commenced the
study of the law at Panama, New York, with Hon. W.L.
Sessions, member of Congress from the Thirty-third
District of New York from 1872 to 1875. In 1859 he
entered the Law College at Cleveland, Ohio,
graduating therefrom in 1860. He then removed west,
to Kent's station, Indiana, from where he practiced
law two years, and in 1862 recruited a company for
the military service, but, on account of ill health
was rejected by the examining surgeon. In the Fall of
1862 he came to Iowa, settling in Clayton County,
where he worked on a farm and taught school, with a
view to the recovery of his health, till 1870, when
he removed to Postville and opened a law office,
since which his success has been rapid and marked.
Beginning with nothing, he has acquired in a few
years a larger business than he can well manage,
although his energies in his profession are untiring.
Mr. Powers is now Mayor of the town of Postville and
President of the Board of Education. He has taken an
active interest in masonry, and is Master of
Brotherly Love lodge No. 204. He was married January
2, 1859, to Miss Helen A. Farrand, of Panama, New
York, and has three children.
- transcribed by S. Ferrall