Maurice Alva Powers (1885-1943)

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Maurice Alva Powers
Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs
Born: 14 Mar 1885 Muir, Michigan
Died: 22 Apr 1943 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Perry Andrew Powers
Mother: Martha Alice Chaffee
Siblings: Elton Andrew Powers
Edward Clifford Powers
Maurice Alva Powers
Mabel Luella Powers
Donald Charles Powers
Spouse: Mabel May Planck
Married: 1 Oct 1906 Petoskey, Michigan
Children: Doris Irene Powers
William Scott Powers
Josephine Powers
Sybil Marian Powers
Spouse: Matilda Catherine Melching
Married: 9 Dec 1926 Petoskey, Michigan

Maurice Alva Powers was born March 14, 1885 in Muir, Ionia, Michigan to Perry Andrew Powers and Martha Alice Chaffee.

His siblings are Elton Andrew Powers, Edward Clifford Powers, Mabel Luella Powers and Donald Powers.

He married first Mabel May Planck on 1 October 1906 at Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan.

Their children are Doris Irene Powers, William Scott Powers, Josephine Powers and Sybil Marian Powers.

He married second Matilda Catherine Melching on 9 December 1926 at Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan.

He died April 22, 1943 in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan. He was buried April 25, 1943 at the Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan.

Marriage Announcement

December 9, 1926

Harbor Springs People Quietly
Married At Petoskey Last Thursday

Thursday evening of last week, at six o'clock, a quiet marriage ceremony took place at the Presbyterian manse, at Petoskey, when Miss Matilda C. Melching, youngest daughter of Mrs. Augusta Melching, of Harbor Springs, Michigan, was united in marriage to Maurice A. Powers, also of Harbor Springs by Rev. Carl Berger, of the First Presbyterian church of Petoskey.

Mrs. Powers attended the Harbor Springs high school, and graduated in the class of 1906. She attended the Ypsilanti State Normal and also took a business course at Ferris Institute, Big Rapids. She has been employed in the Emmet County State bank for the past twelve years as teller and completed her duties there last Friday.

Mr. Powers attended the Harbor Springs high school and in 1906 completed a course in plumbing in New York Trade school. He has been engaged in the plumbing business here almost continuously since 1908. Both are well known and prominent young people of this village, having spent most of their lives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Powers will reside here and will be at home to their many friends at the Powers residence on E. Main street. Their host of friends extend hearty congratulations.


  • Name variant: Morrice (Burial record)
  • 1900 Federal Census, Little Traverse Twp., Emmet, Michigan
Powers, Perry A.
, Morris, son, white, male, Mar,1885,15, single, MI, CAN, OH, at school
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
POWERS, Maurice A. & PLANCK, Mable
Date: 10/1/1906
Liber: 3
Folio: 230
  • Marriage: Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925
Groom's Name: Morrice A. Powers
Groom's Age: 21 years
Groom's Birth Date: 1885
Groom's Birthplace: Michigan
Groom's Father: P. A.
Groom's Mother: Marsha Chappin
Bride's Name: Mable Blank
Bride's Age: 23 years
Bride's Birth Date: 1883
Bride's Birthplace: Indiana
Bride's Father: Joseph
Bride's Mother:
Marriage Date: 01 Oct 1906
Marriage Place: Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Film Number: 2342673
Digital Folder Number: 4208688
Image Number: 600
Reference Number: v 2 p 92 rn 138
  • 1910 Federal Census, Little Traverse Twp., Emmet, Michigan, 226
Powers, Maurice, head, 25, married1, OH, Can, OH, Plummer
, Mable, wife, 25, married1, 0kids, Ind, PA, Ind
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
POWERS, Maurice A. & MELCHING, Matelda C.
Date: 12/9/1926
Liber: 4
Folio: 197
  • 1930 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Powers, Maurice A., head, male, white, 45, married at 21, MI, CAN, MI, Dist. Manager Insurance
, Matilda C., wife, female, white, 41, married at 38, MI, Ger, Ger,
, Doris I., daughter, female, white, 19, single, MI, MI, IN
, William S., son, male, white, 14, single, CA, MI, IN
, Sybil M., daughter, female, white, 13, single, CA, MI, IN
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search Deaths:
POWERS, Maurice A.
Date: 4/22/1943
Liber: 5
Folio: 218
Place of Death: Petoskey, Michigan
POWERS, Morrice
Date: APR 25, 1943
  • Melching, William Andrew, Family Records: letter to Arnold Howse of March 19, 2000.
Submitter: Jim Powers
also letter from Jim to Joanne & Arnold Howse.