Powell, Winthrop Newell (1860-1942)

Impressive funeral services were held at the First Methodist church in Warren Sunday afternoon for W.N. Powell, 82 years old, pioneer Warren resident, who passed away last Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter in Northfield.

The services were arranged by Warren Lodge No. 150, A.F. & A.M., with Harry Walker, past master of the Stephen lodge, delivering the Masonic funeral oration. Rev. C.E. Haynes, pastor of the church and chaplain of the local fraternity, officiated at the final rites. The church was filled to capacity with friends, relatives, Masonic brothers and Eastern Star sisters who came to pay their last respects to the pioneer.

The pioneer had enjoyed good health until during the summer when he suffered a slight stroke. He suffered a relapse late last fall and was taken to Northfield where he made his home with his daughter Mrs. G.C. Grunert until his passing last Wednesday morning at 2:30 o’clock.

Winthop N. Powell was born August 9, 1860 at River Falls, Wisconsin, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Newell Powell, pioneer settlers of that community. When a young man in 1884, Mr. Powell came to the Red River Valley settling at Warren to engage in the farm implement business in which he was engaged for five years. He later entered into a hardware business which he operated for 14 years. For many years he was engaged in the real estate and insurance business, continuing in the latter until recent years.

Mr. Powell has also been active in affairs of the city and community, serving as a member of the board of education for 15 years and as city recorder for 12 years. He has also served as an alderman and city assessor during his long period of residence.

He was one of Warren’s most active Masons, being a member of the local lodge for a period of 50 years. He served as Master of the lodge for two years and for 30 years as secretary. He also served 21 years as Patron of the Warren chapter of Eastern Star. On his 80th birthday, August 8, 1939, the Masons and Stars paid signal honors to Mr. Powell at a dinner in the lodge rooms.

Mr. Powell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. G.C. Grunert of Northfield and Mrs. M.J. Millspaugh of Arcadia, California; two sons, Allan W. Powell of Missoula, Montana and Captain Geo. N. Powell of the U.S. Air Corps Pursuit Squadron, and 13 grandchildren. His wife passed away in 1919.

Honorary pall bearers were John E. Hunter and J.J. Sinclair of Stephen, J.S. MacArthur, Dave Bradley, W.F.Tullar, A.C. Swandby, Victor Odman, Dr. F.C. Bakke and Thomas Kershner of Warren. The active pall bearers were Clayton Olson of Argyle, J.A. Hilden of Oslo, C.E. Lundgren, P.E. Snyder, E.N. Mattson and R.B. Taralseth of Warren.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky