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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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R. S. Power.

For more than a third of a century R. S. Power has been numbered among the representative and enterprising agriculturists of Adair county, now owning and cultivating two hundred and forty acres of valuable land on sections 21 and 16, Grand River township.  His birth occurred in Fulton county, Illinois, on the 15th of December, 1848, his parents being William and Ritiann (Hubanks) Power, who were natives of Kentucky and Illinois respectively.  In an early day they took up their abode on a farm in Illinois and in 1869 removed to Kansas, while subsequently they established their home in Guthrie county, Iowa, there spending the remainder of their lives.  To them were born eight children, four of whom still survive.

R. S. Power acquired his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority.  He then worked as a farm hand for some years and subsequently cultivated rented land in Guthrie county for a number of years.  In 1880 he came to Adair county and here operated a rented farm for some years or until his financial resources were such that he was able to purchase his present place of two hundred and forty acres on sections 21 and 16, Grand River township.  He has made a number of substantial improvements on the property and has planted a fine orchard and groves.  In addition to raising and feeding stock of all kinds, both branches of his business proving profitable.  His present prosperity may be attributed entirely to his own efforts, for he came here in straitened financial circumstances and has since worked his way upward to a place among the substantial citizens of the county.

In 1880 Mr. Power was united in marriage to Miss Rose E. Busby, a native of Vermilion county, Illinois, and a daughter of Dud F. and Elizabeth Busby, who were born in the states of Indiana and Virginia respectively.  To Mr. and Mrs. Power were born five children, as follows:  Pearl, the wife of Frank Reynolds;  Robert F.;  Edith, who is a high-school graduate and now follows the profession of teaching;  and Howard and Domer, both at home.  The wife and mother died on the 10th of August, 1910, and her remains were interred in the Center cemetery.  She was a devoted and consistent member of the Congregational church, exemplifying its teachings in her daily life.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Power has supported the men and measures of the democracy, believing firmly in its principles.  In the capacity of school director he has done valuable service for the cause of education.  Fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order, of which he is a worthy exemplar.  In all relations of life in which he is found he has been true to high principles of manhood, and his salient characteristics are such as have won for him the honor, respect and goodwill of his fellowmen.



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