California Genealogy and History Archives
the carpenter force of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company William M.
Powers, late of Sacramento, was a well known member from 1886 until
1900. His health began to fail in 1898 and his life came to a close
October 30, 1900. He was born in Illinois in 18;J9, was reared and
educated there and there acquired a practical knowledge of the
carpenter's trade. In 1861, when he was about twenty-two years old, he
enlisted in the Federal army, for service in the Civil war. He did
gallant duty as a soldier during the entire period of his enlistment and
received honorable discharge from the service. The last twelve years of
his life were passed in the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company, in which he might have remained many years longer had he not
passed away untimely in his sixty-second year.
In 1879 Mr. Powers married Miss Mary E. Adams, a native of North Carolina and a descendant of old and honored families of that state. She bore him four children, three of whom survive. His parents were natives of Maine and he numbered among his ancestors New England Yankees, who in successive generations amply proved themselves to be devoted and patriotic citizens and successful men of affairs. With all who knew him he was deservedly popular and many a former comrade remembers him as one who is ever ready with the friendly hand in time of need.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011