The Arnold and Moberly Family Genealogy

John Maurice “Maury or JM” PowellAge: 58 years19031961

Name
John Maurice “Maury or JM” Powell
Given names
John Maurice
Nickname
Maury or JM
Surname
Powell
Birth June 2, 1903
Education
Graduated from DePauw University

Birth of a sisterDorothea “Dorothy” Powell
December 8, 1904 (Age 18 months)
Death of a paternal grandmotherJulia A Ransdell
January 29, 1906 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherRansdell “Bano” Powell
December 5, 1906 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a sisterVirginia Elizabeth Powell
June 21, 1914 (Age 11 years)
Note: Virginia and her family celebrated her birthdate as the 22nd out of convenience for other family dates, but she was actually born on the 21st.
Death of a motherEtta Ione Cyphers
September 3, 1920 (Age 17 years)
Number of childrenAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
1

Marriage of a parentJohn PowellMabel Clare WittyView this family
March 9, 1922 (Age 18 years)
MarriageAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
December 28, 1926 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Barbara Lee Powell
December 23, 1927 (Age 24 years)
Whittenburg (now Phillips), Hutchinson Co, Texas, USA
Latitude: N35.6911 Longitude: W101.3633

Note: See NOTES Tab for the History of Phillips/Whittenburg, TX.
CensusAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
May 15, 1930 (Age 26 years)
Shared note: 1930 USA Federal Census Transcription - j Maurice Powell - household

Reference: HF: 447/532, LN: 20/22, SD 1, ED 90-9, Sheet 21A, enumerated by Ervin R Turman Location: near Pampa, Precinct 2, Gray Co, Texas, USA .b.NOTE: nearby at HF: 445 was good friend Roy A Purdue with wife Fay, and on the preceding page, Howard Edwin Boggs .b.with wife Maxine and children Richard "Dickie" R and James F Boggs.

NameRelationHomeSexRaceAgeMCAgMREduBPFBPMBPEng?OccupationVet
Maruce* PowellHeadR/$25/R/-MW25M22N/YININKYYesGas Tester-Gas Plant/WNo
Allice* L PowellWife-HFW23M20N/YPAWAPAYesHouse W
Barbara L PowellDauFW2+5/12SN/YTXINPA(none)

Death of a maternal grandmotherSophia Jane “Jennie” Faulder
about October 17, 1934 (Age 31 years)
CensusAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
April 8, 1940 (Age 36 years)
Shared note: 1940 USA Federal Census Transcription - John M Powell - household

Reference: HF: 75-R-45, LN: 2/4, SD 12, ED 96-66, Sheet 4A, enumerated by Freida Shirley Location: 3465 Carollton Ave, Ward 4, Block 41-42, Indianapolis, Center Twp, Marion Co, Indiana, USA

NameRelationSexRaceAgeMCEduBPResiNotesOccu
John M POWELLHeadMW36MN/C2/50INPampa/Gray/TX/NoY/-/-/-/-Commisioner-StockYards/P
Alice L POWELLWifeFW33MN/H4/30PAPampa/Gray/TX/NoN/N/N/N/Hnone
Barbra Lee POWELLDauFW12SY/6/6TXPampa/Gray/TX/No-/-/-/-/-none

Death of a fatherJohn Powell
October 5, 1956 (Age 53 years)
Note: E Crawley Cooper's family history paper lists DOD as 03 OCT 1956 rather than the 05 OCT date recorded elsewhere.
Occupation
Co-owner, Powell Commission Company
from 1938 to December 13, 1960 (Age 34 years)
Employer: Powell Commission Company at the Indianapolis Stockyards
Note:
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND The Indianapolis Belt Railway Company was incorporated on 28 June 1873 for the purpose of constructing, operating, and maintaining a railroad around the city from North Indianapolis to Brightwood. A movement for the erection of a stockyard near the west bank of the White River took shape a short time later and was contingent upon the railroad's construction. Both ideas were not new. In 1870, Joel F. Richardson proposed a belt line be constructed around the city to relieve the downtown track congestion. The first need for a stockyard occurred in 1863 when Kingan and Company opened the world's largest pork producing plant. Kingan later opened a small stockyard operation near their plant. Prior to that time, livestock were sold in the private yards of packers and butchers. Nicholas McCarty furthered the argument for a large, central stockyard complex after touring the facilities in Chicago and St. Louis. The panic of 1873 and legal right-of-way battles delayed the construction of the railroad and the stockyards a short time later, but the company formed its articles of association in 1876 under the name of the Union Railroad Transfer and Stock Yards Company. In the fall of 1876 the city of Indianapolis agreed to loan the firm $500,000 to complete the project. Indianapolis mayor John Caven, who viewed the railroad and stockyards as a stimulant to the economy, was chiefly responsible for the loan's approval and solution to the right-of-way problem. The railroad and stockyards opened on 12 November 1877 with over 200 freight cars passing over the fourteen miles of track on the first day. The new livestock buildings had the capacity for holding 25,000 hogs and 3,000 head of cattle or mules and was located on eight acres of former river bottom land acquired from the heirs of Nicolas McCarty, Sr. In 1881 the firm's name was changed to the Indianapolis Belt Railroad and Stock Yard Company, and the following year, the Belt Railroad facilities were leased to the Indianapolis Union Railway Company for 999 years. Founded in the early 1850s, the locally operated Union Railway Company owned and maintained the Union Railway Passenger Station (Union Depot) and approximately one mile of track around the facility. The Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central systems (now Conrail) later acquired the company, but the railway continued operating as a distinct organization while leasing the track, equipment (engines and cars), and facilities from the Belt Railroad. A second Indianapolis Belt Railroad Company was formed in May 1883, to construct, maintain, and operate a small section of track on the city's outskirts. In December of the same year, the operation was consolidated with the Indianapolis Belt Railroad and Stock Yard Company to form the Indianapolis Belt Railroad and Stock Yards Company. The rail facilities were then leased to the Union Railway Company. A fire in 1904 nearly destroyed the entire stockyard complex with the exception of the Livestock Exchange Building but new and enlarged structures were soon erected. A truck department was added to the stockyard operation in 1919 and a hog division followed in 1926. Over the years, the stockyards expanded to encompass 147 acres, 60 of which were used for the livestock industry. At its peak in the 1930s and 1940s, the stockyards handled three million animals a year. In 1964, the company's name was altered to the Indianapolis Stockyards Company, Inc. The decline of the Indianapolis meat packing industry resulted in a substantial decrease in shipments in the late 1950s and 1960s, and in 1967 Indianapolis Stockyards, Inc. was sold to Eli Lilly and Company, and they, in turn, leased the area to the United Stockyards Company of Chicago. In 1973, the stockyards were moved from their original location at 1400 Kentucky Ave., to a new sixteen acre site at 2577 Kentucky Ave. The old stockyard area was also razed in 1973 to make way for Lilly's Kentucky Ave. Industrial Center. The Rauh family directed the Indianapolis Stockyards' operation from 1897-1967. Samuel E. Rauh assumed the corporate presidency in 1897 and continued to direct the company until his death in 1929. His son, Charles S. Rauh succeeded him and continued to direct the corporation until his death in 1956, at which time David L. Chambers, Jr., a grandson-in-law of Samuel Rauh took over the operation. Chambers remained in control of the stockyards until it was sold to the Lilly Company in 1967. Previous company presidents included William Riley McKeen, 1876-1889; William Putnam Ijams, 1889-1897; and Deloss W. Minshall for one month in 1897. Sources: Sources in collection. Indianapolis Star, 27 September 1953, p. 2H; 22 November 1967, p. 1; 7 November 1971, Sec. D, p. 21; 19 February 1978 (Star Magazine). Dunn, Jacob P., Greater Indianapolis, Vol. 1, pp. 256-263.
ResidenceAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
1938 (Age 34 years)
Address: 2455 N Broadway St, Indianapolis, IN 46205-4551
Note: Maury, Alice and their daughter Barbara moved from TX back to Indianapolis and, for a short time, resided with Maury's father, John Powell, in his N Broadway home before moving to an apartment.
ResidenceAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
from 1938 to 1939 (Age 34 years)
Address: 2315 N Park Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Note: This apartment was directly across the street from school PS 23.
ResidenceAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
1939 (Age 35 years)
Address: 3465 N Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana 46205-3766
ResidenceAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
from 1943 to 1950 (Age 39 years)
Address: 3815 N Ruckle St, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 46205-2715
ResidenceAlice Libbey TuckerView this family
Radnor Rd, Indianapolis, Washington Twp, Marion Co, Indiana, USA
from 1957 to 1962 (Age 53 years)

Death December 13, 1961 (Age 58 years)
Cause of death: Heart Attack
Note: Maury died while arriving for work at the Powell Commission Co. at the Indianapolis Stockyards. He worked with his brother, Ransdall, at the Powell Commission Company, selling hog futures. This business had been started by his father and his father's brother.
Burial December 16, 1961 (3 days after death)
Note: Section: 40, Lot: 145, Marker: Y
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: November 3, 1897Marion Co, Indiana, USA
14 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
3 years
himself
18 months
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
8 years
younger sister
Father’s family with Mabel Clare Witty - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage: March 9, 1922Indianapolis, Marion Co, Indiana, USA
Family with Alice Libbey Tucker - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: December 28, 1926Indianapolis, Marion Co, Indiana, USA
1 year
daughter