|Birth: ||May 1, 1880|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1969|
Marian Wright Powers was born May 1, 1880, in Connersville, Indiana, but just a few years later, her father and mother, Curtis Wright and Nira Koogler, moved to Carthage, Missouri, to pursue the riches of the area's mineral and stone industrial boom. Mrs. Powers' father was co-owner of the Carthage Stone Company that supplied the limestone for the 1895 Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage. He was also involved in the lead and zinc mining business of the Tri-State District and owned a slate quarry in Slatington, Arkansas.
Graduated from the Carthage Collegiate Institute in 1900, Marian studied music, concertized by herself and with her sisters, and performed in local musical theater productions until her marriage in 1903. After the birth of her daughter, Marian Louisa Powers in 1905, Mrs. Powers re-entered the musical profession and was a popular local and regional performer continuing her studies in New York City and Paris and performing with traveling symphonies from St. Louis, Kansas City, and St. Paul when they toured the central states and Texas. Many of her performances were given in the Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas region but Mrs. Powers once remarked that she had "married and buried half of Jasper County" by singing at hundreds of weddings and funerals.
A coloratura soprano who performed under the name of Marian Wright Powers, "Mame" as she was known to her family, had a varied repertoire including classical, opera, folk, and popular songs, and performed special programs on seasonal or special subject themes (ie. Native American, women composers, etc.). Her favorite recital program was a series of Civil War-era songs her mother taught her. It was performed in a re-created Civil War ballgown and accessorized with period accessories handed down through her family.
In addition to her musical talents, Mrs. Powers was an active club woman (PEO Sisterhood, Daughters of the American Revolution, Junior Shakespeare, church societies, and other clubs) as well as an avid gardener and expert needlewoman.
In 1997, a portion of Mrs. Powers' journal was included in a collection of documents and writings by Missouri women and collected by Carla Waal and Barbara Oliver Korner. The book, entitled Hardship and Hope: Missouri Women Writing about Their Lives, 1820-1920.
Information provided by the Powers Museum, Carthage, Missouri (www.powersmuseum.com).
Everett Powers (1869 - 1954)*
Marian Louisa Powers Winchester (1905 - 1981)*
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