The Powers Branch
Another daughter of Patrick and Johannah Hogan was Johanna, who married Michael Powers and had eight children, six of whom are pictured in the anniversary photo: Margaret Powers (Mrs. John) Trudelle (1864), Mary Powers (Mrs. James) Lavelle (1866), Katherine Powers (1867), Esther Powers (Mrs. Dennis) Quinlan (1868), Anna Powers Morris (1870), John P. Powers (1870), Joseph F. Powers (1873), and Agnes Powers (1880). Michael Powers was also an Irish immigrant -- the name was originally "Power" -- and he and Johanna had a farm in the Wheaton area of Chippewa County. Anna Powers Morris was the godmother to her cousin Margaret Regan's daughter Jean.

A descendent of
John P. Powers went to Clonmel several years ago and had the priest at St. Mary's, Father Slattery, look up some parish baptismal records. He found that Johanna Hogan was born in April or May of 1842 to Patrick Hogan and Johannah O'Keefe Hogan, and that Johannah O'Keefe was born in Clonmel in 1795.

Another descendent understands that Johannah Hogan and Michael Powers did not know each other in Ireland but lived fairly close to each other there. They met and married in the United States.

Esther Powers Quinlan and her husband Dennis had one son, John Eugene Quinlan, who worked in the grocery business in Chippewa Falls. In 1930, Esther was living with her son Gene and working as a cook in a hotel.

Katherine and Agnes Powers never married. Anna E. Powers Morris had a son named Frank (1883); Frank married a woman named Isabel (1893) from Oregon and worked as a plumber in a shop. In 1920, he was living five households away from his mother Anna, who was giving beauty treatments, and Anna's sister Katherine Powers, who lived with Anna and worked as a candy maker. Frank and Isabel were 37 and 27 in 1920 and had no children by then. In 1930, Frank was working as a fruit farmer.

Joseph F. Powers was living in Troy, Montana in 1920 and working as a miner in a metal mine. He boarded with his first cousin once removed from the John Hogan branch, Joe Sugars, and was still there as late as 1951 but died before 1958.  Elizabeth J. Powers, his wife, was a popular song lyricist who published several songs in the early 1930s. She was born in Connecticut and her parents were born in England. In 1930, Joe Powers was working as a rock mining engineer in Troy, Montana where he and Elizabeth lived in a $1,000 dollar home.

John P. Powers worked at the Catholic Sentinel in Chippewa Falls as a printer with two of his first cousins, James Sullivan and John C. Hogan. He moved to Cloquet, Minnesota, then Morton, Minnesota, then Marshfield, Wisconsin. He married Maud Lynch, a Canadian who spoke French, had a two-year college degree and taught school. At the time of his death from cerebral hemorrhage at age 87 in 1958, he was widowed and living in Marshfield at 206A W. 3rd St. with his daughter Joan Powers (born 1902); he was buried at Hope Cemetery. Joan Powers died in Marshfield in 1966.

John P. Powers' other children were John Weldon Powers (1903); Richard Patrick Powers (1905); Mary Powers Sanders (1907); Norah Powers (1912); and the historical romance novelist Anne Powers (Schwartz).

Anne Powers Schwartz was written about as follows in a bibliography of Wisconsin women writers that included Joyce Carol Oates and Eudora Welty: "ANNE POWERS SCHWARTZ (1913 - ) (Milwaukee) Born in Cloquet, MN, this writer of historical romances was a long time resident of Milwaukee. Pulishing since the 1940s under the name of Anne Powers, her books included Young Empress (1979) and To Follow the Passionate Heart (1980). Most of her books have appeared in foreign editions and in paperback."

In a special produced several years ago about Walter Cronkite's life, there is a sequence on the 1956 Democratic convention in Chicago in which Richard Powers, an AP reporter, can twice be seen walking on the convention floor near the Minnesota delegation. He is easy to spot with a bald head and a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Mary Powers (Mrs. James) Lavelle was widowed by 1920 and had five children, all single, living with her in Chippewa Falls: Catherine, 33, a bookkeeper for a foundry; Leo, 31, a retired soldier; Marie, 28, also a bookkeeper; Esther, 24; and James, 20, a railroad office clerk. Their father Jim Lavelle had been a sheriff and bartender in Chippewa Falls. In 1930 she was still living with her five adult children and renting a house for $52 a month.

None of the Lavelle children married. The spouse of another Powers descendent relates that when her husband, an only child, first presented his mother with the idea of his marrying a Norwegian protestant, she was aghast at the idea. However, when he suggested that if she didn't give her blessing to this union she might very well "end up like Mary Lavelle" (no grandchildren), she finally agreed to the marriage.

Another story relates how one of the Lavelle sisters was given a car as a perk associated with her job with the city. As the cold Wisconsin winter moved in, her brother Jim got a hankering for going south. So he borrowed the car and took it to Florida for several months, leaving his sister to walk to work and come up with one excuse after another for her boss and co-workers as to why she wasn't driving the car.

Margaret Powers Trudelle, whose husband
John worked at home as a pedestal maker, had 10 children named Mary, (1886), Lillian (1889), Louis (1890), Raymond (about 1892), Charles (1894), Margaret (1896), Philip, (1898), Joseph (1900), Catherine (1903), and John (1906). The family lived on Therbrook St. Read an article from Time magazine that tells the remarkable history of the Trudelles from their arrival in Quebec as early settlers in 1645 to the present time.

Margaret Powers Trudelle died in 1918, and in 1920 her husband John (1858) was living with eight of the 10 children, aged 14 to 34. The oldest, Mary, was an assistant county agent; Louis worked as a butcher in a meat market; Margaret was teaching school; Philip (who later became an astronomer) was a painter in a toy factory; and Charles, Catherine, Joseph and John were still living at home as well.

Margaret's son Raymond had moved to Butte, Montana by then, and her daughter Lillian had married William Hebert (pronounced AY-behr; born 1885 in Wisconsin), an insurance agent. In 1920 they had five children: Margaret Mary (1913), John (1915), Susan (1917), William (1918), and Robert (1920). By 1930 they had added Donald, Richard, and Gilbert, and Elizabeth was born after 1930. Read a fascinating
history of the Hebert's paternal ancestors, who left Normandy in 1641 and were among the first colonists of Montreal before emigrating to America.

By 1926, Mary Trudelle had married A. E. Emerson, a widowed government income assessor born in 1878, and they had four sons: John, Paul, and two who are still living. Mary worked as register of deeds in Chippewa Falls. Her siblings Joseph, Catherine, and John Trudelle were living in Chicago; Catherine and Joseph, a correspondant for the Edison Company, died there in 1970 and 1971. Catherine, a registered nurse, was 58 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer like three descendents in the John Hogan branch; her remains were sent back to Chippewa Falls for burial in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Joseph was survived by his widow, Mildred Fosdick Trudelle.





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Chippewa County bridge in autumn
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