Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JAMES H. POWERS is a native of
New York City, born March 15, 1853. He is now proprietor of a stock
ranch five miles north of Egypt on the Spokane river, has about one hundred
and severity head of cattle, of which animals he makes a specialty of buying
The parents of Mr. Powers, John and Dora (Bolen)
Powers, were born in Ireland. The father was a veteran of the Civil
James Powers grew to young manhood in the
city of his birth, and at the age of nineteen enlisted in Company B, Fourth
Infantry, of the regular army. His company was ordered, soon after
his becoming a member of it, to Wyoming, and in 1886, to Fort Spokane.
While in the army Mr. Powers had a great amount of experience in fighting
Indians, both in Wyoming and in farther western states. He left the
army in 1887, took a homestead and engaged in the cattle business, which
he has successfully followed to the present time. He has an exceptionally
fine stock ranch, consisting of three hundred and fifty acres, most of
which is hay producing land, a good house, barns, corrals, and so forth,
and is in a highly prosperous condition.
On January 28, 1877, James H. Powers was married
to Miss Margaret Rotton, a native of the state of New York, born on the
banks of the River St. Lawrence, and married in the city of New York.
This union has been blessed by three children: James, John and Etta.
Mr. Powers is identified with Davenport lodge,
A. F. & A. M.
Our subject is a man who has wide experience
and has seen a great deal of the United States. He is contented in
his present locality, which he regards as the most favorable spot in America
for the poor man to get a start and grow.