Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ella V. Powers Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ella V. Powers Collection,
Creator: Powers, Ella V.
Inclusive dates: 1865-1969, and undated
Extent: 6 cubic ft. (in 8 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes Powers' personal papers, correspondence with genealogists, legal records, clippings, drafts of her stories, lists of Civil War Soldiers, including Isabella County, Michigan, native American soldiers, mid-Michigan historical materials and photographs.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1313, 2490

Access Restrictions:

Ella V. Powers Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ella V. Powers Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The Ella V. Powers Collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Research Materials, Photographs, Ephemera, Scrapbooks, and Genealogy Note Cards. The materials within each series are arranged alphabetically and chronologically. .


History

Biography:

Ella V. (Johnson) Powers was born on May 3, 1892. She was a descendant of the earliest pioneers (Fraser, Ferris, Potter, and Johnson) in Isabella County, Michigan. She was active in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the Woman’s Relief Corps, and the Westside Parent-Teacher Association. She had a great interest in genealogy and Isabella County History. Also, she researched and wrote parts of Isabella County’s history. Sadly, she was unable to complete her book before her death in June 1968. [Birth and dates were taken from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).]


Collection Scope and Content Note

Personal Papers include correspondence and legal and financial records as well as records from organizations to which she belonged.

Research Materials include Powers’ correspondence with genealogists, legal records, and newspaper clippings. This series also contains a draft of The Indians of Isabella County by Ella V. Powers as well as notes, stories, maps, and illustrations. The bulk of the research material is raw data. The data includes genealogies, a listing of Civil War soldiers (including Indians) from Isabella County, a listing of early post offices and postmasters, treaties, records of original landowners, and a small collection of Fraser Family papers.

The third series consists of Photographs of Isabella County residents and pioneers as well as some unidentified photographs.

The Ephemera series contains items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, and a billfold; in most cases the items are undated and the owner is unknown.

There are four Scrapbooks which include recipes, cards, pictures, and letters.

The Genealogy Note Cards supplement and often repeat the information on the genealogy sheets in the Research Materials series.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Powers, Ella V.
    • Fraser family.
    • Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
    • Woman's Relief Corps (U.S.) Dept. of Michigan.
    • Women-Societies and clubs.
    • Ojibwa Indians--Michigan--Isabella County.
    • Real property--Michigan--Isabella County.
    • Postal service--Michigan--Isabella County.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)--History.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)-Genealogy.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Registers.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Ella V. Powers Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, Commencement Announcements, 1897-1965, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, Invitations, 1896-1961, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, Letters, 1935-1968, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, Postcards, 1953-1964, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Friendship Club, 1952-1953
    Box   1 F   6
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Westside PTA 1932-1938, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1937-1968
    Box   1 F   8
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Woman's Relief Corps (folder 1 of 4), 1885-1953
    Box   1 F   9
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Woman's Relief Corps (folder 2 of 4), 1885-1953
    Box   1 F   10
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Woman's Relief Corps (folder 3 of 4), 1885-1953
    Box   1 F   11
    Personal Papers, Correspondence, re: Organizations, Woman's Relief Corps (folder 4 of 4), 1885-1953
    Box   1 F   12
    Personal Papers, Legal and Financial Records, Check Stubs and Bank Books, 1941-1963
    Box   1 F   13
    Personal Papers, Legal and Financial Records, Federal Tax Records, 1942-1950
    Box   1 F   14
    Personal Papers, Legal and Financial Records, Legal and Financial Records, 1940-1967
    Box   1 F   15
    Personal Papers, Legal and Financial Records, Ledger, Mary Johnson Estate, 1946-1966
    Box   1 F   16
    Personal Papers, Legal and Financial Records, Pamphlets and Certificates, 1936, 1943, 1964, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Research Materials, Isabella County History: 1880 Census; Acts, Postmasters, and WWI Soldiers, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Research Materials, Isabella County History: 1880 Indian Census; Family Histories, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Research Materials, Isabella County History: Civil War Soldiers (Including Indians, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Research Materials, Isabella County History: Civil War Soldiers (Including Indians, folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Research Materials, Fraser Family, Correspondence, 1874-1923
    Box   1 F   22
    Research Materials, Fraser Family, Genealogy, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Research Materials, Genealogical Materials, Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1934-1968, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Research Materials, Genealogical Materials, Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1934-1968, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Research Materials, Genealogical Materials, Legal Records, 1945-1966
    Box   1 F   26
    Research Materials, Genealogical Materials, Non-Michigan History, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical A-C, folder 1 of 5), undated
    Box   1 F   28
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical A-C, folder 2 of 5), undated
    Box   1 F   29
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical A-C, folder 3 of 5), undated
    Box   1 F   30
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical A-C, folder 4 of 5), undated
    Box   1 F   31
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical A-C, folder 5 of 5), undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 1 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 2 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 3 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 4 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 5 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 6 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 7 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 8 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 9 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 10 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   11
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 11 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   12
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 12 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 13 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   14
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 14 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 15 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   16
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 16 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   17
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 17 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   18
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 18 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   19
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 19 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   20
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 20 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   21
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 21 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   22
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 22 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   23
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 23 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   24
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 24 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   25
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Genealogies (Alphabetical D-Z, folder 25 of 25), undated
    Box   2 F   26
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, History of Sherman Township, by Fred L. Kent, undated
    Box   2 F   27
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Illustrations, undated
    Box   2 F   28
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Indians of Isabella County (Handwritten and Typed Drafts), undated
    Box   2 F   29
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Saginaw-Chippewa Indians, undated
    Box   2 F   30
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Land Ownership Records (Loose materials), undated
    Box   2 F   31
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Land Ownership Records (1 volume, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   2 F   32
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Land Ownership Records (1 volume, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Maps of Isabella County, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Notebook on 1860 Census, Early Post Offices, and Family Histories, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Notes on Isabella County History (folder 1 of 4), undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Notes on Isabella County History (folder 2 of 4), undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Notes on Isabella County History (folder 3 of 4), undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Notes on Isabella County History (folder 4 of 4), undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Public Schools, Post Offices and Local Government Officials, undated
    Box   3 F   8
    Research Materials, Isabella County, Michigan, History, Treaties and Transcripts, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Photographs, Alton, Richard, undated
    Box   3 F   10
    Photographs, Andre Family, undated
    Box   3 F   11
    Photographs, Atkins, George and Sophia, undated
    Box   3 F   12
    Photographs, Bahlke Family, undated
    Box   3 F   13
    Photographs, Bothwell Family, undated
    Box   3 F   14
    Photographs, Brown, Frankie Cushway, undated
    Box   3 F   15
    Photographs, Browne, Charles H., undated
    Box   3 F   16
    Photographs, Burton, Babtiste, undated
    Box   3 F   17
    Photographs, Cantwill, Robert, undated
    Box   3 F   18
    Photographs, Clary Family, undated
    Box   3 F   19
    Photographs, Cooley, Mary Atwell, undated
    Box   3 F   20
    Photographs, Courtney Family, undated
    Box   3 F   21
    Photographs, Cushman, Vinnie, undated
    Box   3 F   22
    Photographs, Cushway, Franklin V., undated
    Box   3 F   23
    Photographs, Davis, Frank, undated
    Box   3 F   24
    Photographs, Derr, Millie, undated
    Box   3 F   25
    Photographs, Dodds, Lephia, undated
    Box   3 F   26
    Photographs, Dodds, Duane, 1956
    Box   3 F   27
    Photographs, Dutton, Joseph, undated
    Box   3 F   28
    Photographs, Eaton, Don Jack, 1954
    Box   3 F   29
    Photographs, Elliott, Ted and Nancy, undated
    Box   3 F   30
    Photographs, Epple, Charles, undated
    Box   3 F   31
    Photographs, Fairfield, Elizabeth, undated
    Box   3 F   32
    Photographs, Fraser, Anne, undated
    Box   3 F   33
    Photographs, Fraser, Ella, undated
    Box   3 F   34
    Photographs, Fraser, Elmina Sutlief, undated
    Box   3 F   35
    Photographs, Fraser, George, undated
    Box   3 F   36
    Photographs, Fraser, John, undated
    Box   3 F   37
    Photographs, Fraser, Michael, undated
    Box   3 F   38
    Photographs, Fraser, Richmond, undated
    Box   3 F   39
    Photographs, Fraser,Sylva Ellen, undated
    Box   3 F   40
    Photographs, Fraser, William, Fanny, and Family, undated
    Box   3 F   41
    Photographs, Garvin, Mrs., undated
    Box   3 F   42
    Photographs, Greene, Ellen, undated
    Box   3 F   43
    Photographs, Grubb, Eddy L., undated
    Box   3 F   44
    Photographs, Harris, Carrie, undated
    Box   3 F   45
    Photographs, Harris Family, undated
    Box   3 F   45
    Photographs, Hibbard, Josephine, undated
    Box   3 F   46
    Photographs, Hoag Family, undated
    Box   3 F   47
    Photographs, Hobson, Ann, undated
    Box   3 F   48
    Photographs, Hobson, Mildred, undated
    Box   3 F   49
    Photographs, Hocuck, George, undated
    Box   3 F   50
    Photographs, Hoffman, Joseph, undated
    Box   3 F   51
    Photographs, Horan, Martha, undated
    Box   3 F   52
    Photographs, Hutchinson, Vernon, undated
    Box   3 F   53
    Photographs, Johnson, Ezra, undated
    Box   3 F   54
    Photographs, Kennedy, James Family, undated
    Box   3 F   55
    Photographs, King, James, undated
    Box   3 F   56
    Photographs, Krick, Nellie Bly, undated
    Box   3 F   57
    Photographs, Landon, Stella, undated
    Box   3 F   58
    Photographs, Leffingwill, Floyd, undated
    Box   3 F   59
    Photographs, Link, Nancy and Mary, undated
    Box   3 F   60
    Photographs, Lloyd, Marvel Goldsmith, undated
    Box   3 F   61
    Photographs, Luce, Charles and Gertrude, undated
    Box   3 F   62
    Photographs, Luce, Hazel I. Brown Bean, undated
    Box   3 F   63
    Photographs, Luce, Dr. Ransom W., undated
    Box   3 F   64
    Photographs, Miser, Soloman, undated
    Box   3 F   65
    Photographs, Neely, Clorine V., 1951
    Box   3 F   66
    Photographs, Newton, Mildred, undated
    Box   3 F   67
    Photographs, Nixon, Mary Bertina, undated
    Box   3 F   68
    Photographs, Northwood, Lottie, undated
    Box   3 F   69
    Photographs, Otis, Edna, undated
    Box   3 F   70
    Photographs, Parker, Miss, undated
    Box   3 F   71
    Photographs, Potter, Ella Fraser, undated
    Box   3 F   72
    Photographs, Potter, Ellis, undated
    Box   3 F   73
    Photographs, Potter Family, undated
    Box   3 F   74
    Photographs, Potter, Frank Fraser and Irene, undated
    Box   3 F   75
    Photographs, Potter, George, undated
    Box   3 F   76
    Photographs, Potter, Lynden, undated
    Box   3 F   77
    Photographs, Potter, Ella V. (Johnson), undated
    Box   3 F   78
    Photographs, Richmond, Peter, undated
    Box   3 F   79
    Photographs, Riley, Franklin and Rena, undated
    Box   3 F   80
    Photographs, Root, Bert, undated
    Box   3 F   81
    Photographs, Saxton, Eva, undated
    Box   3 F   82
    Photographs, Saxton Family, undated
    Box   3 F   83
    Photographs, Saxton, Mary Emma, undated
    Box   3 F   84
    Photographs, Scott, Patricia Louise, 1957
    Box   3 F   85
    Photographs, Seeley, Wealthy, undated
    Box   3 F   86
    Photographs, Stilgenbauer, Fred, undated
    Box   3 F   87
    Photographs, Struble, Essie, undated
    Box   3 F   88
    Photographs, Struble Family, undated
    Box   3 F   89
    Photographs, Sumner, Dorothy, undated
    Box   3 F   90
    Photographs, Tipseco, Jacob, undated
    Box   3 F   91
    Photographs, Turnball, Mary, undated
    Box   3 F   92
    Photographs, Walters, George, undated
    Box   3 F   93
    Photographs, Wilmot, Carl, undated
    Box   3 F   94
    Photographs, Yager Family, undated
    Box   3 F   95
    Photographs, Unidentified, undated
    Box   3 F   96
    Photographs, Tintypes (mother holding baby), undated
    Box   3 F   97
    Ephemera, includes: Peabody Cigar Case, 1891; Broach, undated; Eyeglasses and case, undated; Hartland School Award, Minnie E. Fahey, 1898; Hat Pin, undated; Leather Billfold, undated; Lock of Frank Fraser's Hair, 1871; Locket with image of Nelson Hicks, undated; Pen Knife, undated; White Stone Pipe, undated, 1871, 1898, 1891, undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Photograph Album, includes the following identified people in the order they appear in the album: Mary Fraser and John Dodds, Louise Dodds, Frank Potter, Mary Emma Saxton, Ella Fraser, Joe Housil, Mrs. Hildreth, Philip Garvin, John Fraser, Mrs. Conkins, Mike Conklin, Lephia Darling Conklin, Charlie Warner, Mrs. Geer, Lephia Saxton's Baby's Funeral, Mary Ann Potter Northwood, Franny Attis Fraser, Libby Gould, George Nickels, Uncle Rich and Rowdy (A Dog Which Smokes a Pipe), Grace McLeod, Anna Fraser, Edward Saxton funeral, Jennie Nickels, Grace McLeod, Jay Hicks, Stephen Potter, Mary Fraser, William Miser, Mary Converse Miser, undated (circa 19th century)
    Box   4 F   2
    Scrapbook, Historical Notes, Letters, Cards, and Newspaper Clippings, 1865-1918, 1934-1952
    Box   4 F   3
    Scrapbook, Recipes (volume 1 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   4
    Scrapbook, Receipes (volume 2 of 2), undated
    Box   4 F   5
    Scrapbook, Cards (trading, greeting, holiday) and Illustrations (from magazines), undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Note Card Box, Genealogy Note Cards, A-E, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Note Card Box, Genealogy Note Cards, F-K, undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Note Card Box, Genealogy Note Cards, L-R, undated
    Box   8 F   1
    Note Card Box, Genealogy Note Cards, S-Z; Historical Notes, undated